THE first permanent motorway speed cameras in the north west are to be fitted at an accident blackspot on Manchester's M60 motorway.

The cameras, policing a 50mph limit, will measure average speed on a one-mile section of the motorway around junction 25, near Brinnington, Stockport, where four people died last year.

The limit was imposed last year, but has been ignored by too many drivers, says Highways Agency boss David Grunwell, and tough action is needed to save lives.

"This is purely a safety measure," he said. "This section has been there since 1989 and it was built to the standards of the time. It is a sharp bend, but we cannot build our way out of the problem."

Three people died in one crash last April. Matt Weston, Melissa Boswell and Daniel Stewart were travelling in a car which hit the central reservation.

They managed to get out, but were then hit by another car.

First published by the Manchester Evening News