The authorities reiterated their intention to install average speed cameras in four areas of Oldham.

The Oldham Times revealed the installation of the average speed cameras in an article last summer.

Initially, Transport for Greater Manchester did not name the locations across Greater Manchester where it intends to introduce the alternative system, which tracks the time taken by a vehicle to travel between two points and which uses Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) for identification.

A Freedom of Information request by a resident received a response and revealed a list including Abbey Hills Road, Lees Road, Ripponden Road and Shaw Road.

And this week the authorities reiterated their intention to install the average speed cameras although it is subject to the approval of a detailed design.

The average speed cameras are possible thanks to cash from the Mayor's Challenge Fund and thanks to technology from the company Jenoptik UK.

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Dame Sarah Storey, Active Travel Commissioner for the city-region, said: "As a city-region we are working to adopt Vision Zero which targets the elimination of all deaths and life-changing injuries on our roads.

"Speeding is a leading cause of collisions and across Greater Manchester 598 people have been killed or seriously injured between 2020 and 2022."

The average speed cameras are not able to identify other offences like using a phone or not wearing a seat belt themselves.

However if the police identify other offences in the process of reviewing the imagery they are able to take action accordingly.

Superintendent Gareth Parkin, of the GMP Safer Transport Team, said: "These speed cameras across Greater Manchester are an improvement on road safety measures for all who live in, work in and visit the area. We have seen almost 600 people either lose their lives or be seriously injured between 2020 and 2022, this is unacceptable.

"Speeding represents one of the ‘Fatal Four’ we focus on in Greater Manchester, alongside drink driving and drug driving, using mobile devices behind the wheel and the non-wearing of seat belts. We are proud to be working with our partners at Transport for Greater Manchester to try to eradicate anti-social drivers from our roads." 

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