Shropshire Council and the West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) John Campion are working together on a joint campaign to improve road safety in the county – including a chance to join a driver awareness course free of charge.

The ‘Roads Focus’ campaign will run from July 8-12, with Oswestry set to host a drop-in session which will enable people to comment with concerns and questions about road safety issues to Shropshire Council, the PCC, Safer Roads Partnership, the police plus other stakeholders.

Shropshire Council’s road safety education team will also be on hand to talk about the road safety education and cycle training available to schools.

People will also be able to find out more about work being done across the county to improve road safety.

At the end of the week there will also be an opportunity for people to attend a ‘driver awareness course’ in Shrewsbury free of charge.

Steve Davenport, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for highways and parking, said: “According to latest figures 141 people were killed or seriously injured on our roads in 2018.

"Keeping the county’s roads safe for all of our road users is therefore a top priority. Much of our roads network is made up of country lanes that take traffic through our villages and small towns.

"It is really important for us to work with communities to help to make those roads as safe as they can be.”

Mr Campion said: “Both Shropshire Council and I have a shared aim to make our county’s roads safer, and Roads Focus enables communities to have a say on the issues that matter most to them.

"It is vital that we give them the forum to do this, and with those that have the power to make changes.

“I’m pleased that as part of our week of action we are also able to offer a road safety course free of charge. This comes as a result of feedback from those who have attended courses out of necessity and found them to be useful. We hope that by opening this up to anybody, we can improve road safety across the county.”

All comments and suggestions raised as part of the campaign will be considered by the relevant organisation and, where appropriate, action will be taken.

The drop-in sessions in Wednesday, July 10 at the Qube in Oswald Road from 2.30pm to 4.30pm.