Average speed cameras will be installed on the A458 from Lye to Halesowen and the Black Country New Road in Dudley.

The cameras are set to go up within weeks - with drivers being warned they will be fined if they break the speed limit.

They started going up in Wolverhampton yesterday (Monday) - with the Dudley borough following over the next few weeks in a move to reduce the number of crashes on the region's busiest roads.

Dudley Council is spending £135,000 on the cameras which will go up on the A4123 Birmingham New Road in Dudley and the A458 from Lye to Halesowen which incorporates The Hayes, Park Road, Windmill Hill, Drews Holloway and Stourbridge Road.

It is hoped the move, which marks the first time since 2013 that there have been working speed cameras on the region's roads, will reduce the number of casualties.

Lynnette Kelly, West Midlands Assistant Police and Crime Commissioner, said: “Speed is one of the biggest causes of deaths on the road and one of the biggest issues that local people raise with me on a daily basis.

"The Black Country Councils are installing the cameras and the police are supporting them by processing and enforcing the fines.

"This shows that we are on the side of the overwhelming majority of motorists who drive safely and sensibly and want others to do so also.”

They will also go up on other busy routes following an agreement between Dudley, Sandwell, Wolverhampton and Walsall councils, to help fund the scheme.

Wolverhampton Council is putting them up on the A449 Stafford Road and the A4444 Black Country New Road, Walsall Council is installing them on the A34 Birmingham Road, A4444 Black Country New Road and the A4148 Broadway North and A41 Black Country New Road, Moxley to Dangerfield.

Cameras are also set to be introduced in Sandwell on the A34 Birmingham Rd (between Scott Arms and the Walsall boundary) and on the A4123 Wolverhampton Road in Oldbury (between Hagley Road and Pound Road) subject to Sandwell Council’s Cabinet approval next month.

For drivers caught speeding, the minimum penalty they could face is £100 combined with three points added to their licence.

Anyone caught speeding by a camera will receive a Notice of Intended and a section 172 notice within 14 days.

They have 28 days to send it back with details of who was driving the car at the time of the offence.

If it's a first offence drivers have the option of attending a speed awareness course.

The profit from the fines generated by the cameras goes to the government.

Any surplus generated from speed awareness courses goes towards road safety initiatives including covering the operating costs for the speed enforcement team.

Across Wolverhampton, Walsall, Sandwell and Dudley in 2017 there were 2,105 road traffic collisions resulting in personal injury to 2,916 people; 418 of these casualties resulted in serious personal injury and 24 died.

As well as accidents, the Black Country has been plagued by a rise in car cruising on main roads.

Each council from the region has outlined how much they are forking out for the new speed control measures.

Walsall council has the biggest bill and is investing £295,000, Wolverhampton is putting forward £150,000 and Dudley Council is forking out £135,000.