ACTION has been taken to catch reckless drivers who jump red traffic lights on a main route through Widnes.

A new ‘speed on green’ camera has been installed on Watkinson Way after the issue was raised by residents.

The camera, situated at the traffic lights near Tesco, has been fitted following concerns raised and a traffic survey that showed some drivers were putting lives at risk by frequently speeding through the traffic lights.

Cheshire’s police and crime commissioner John Dwyer was joined by Cllr Stef Nelson and Cllr Bill Woolfall to see the newly installed camera and hear more about how it will make the area safer.

PCC Dwyer said: “This project has happened because residents wanted it to.

“It is right that we take steps to deter reckless drivers from speeding through traffic lights and putting people’s lives in danger.

“I am extremely grateful to Halton Borough Council for working in partnership to achieve this.

“Road safety is consistently one of the top issues raised with me by residents.

“I am committed to working with all partners, wherever we can, to make Cheshire’s roads even safer for everyone.”

Cllr Stef Nelson, executive board member for environment and urban renewal at Halton Borough Council, also welcomed the camera.

He added: “We are pleased to have worked in partnership with the police and crime commissioner to have this camera installed.

“Not only will it improve safety for our residents, but it will also improve the traffic flow at the gyratory by stopping drivers going through on red and causing queues.”