Recently installed ‘modal filters’ in south Manchester have proven to be a good police deterrent after they were able to block a driver from getting away during a pursuit.
At the beginning of January, a number of plant box filters were installed across Levenshulme as part of a trial project being overseen by Manchester Council.
Alongside the filters, the trial project will implement road crossing improvements and traffic calming measures in attempts to ease road traffic and to improve air quality in the area.
The trials have faced controversy from some residents, who believe the trial filters weren't 'implemented properly', however it seems that Greater Manchester Police were left feeling appreciative of the filters during a recent car chase.
On Tuesday morning (January 19), GMP Traffic tweeted: “This vehicle failed to stop for #XT48.
“The very brief pursuit was brought to a safe conclusion thanks to these planters which have recently been placed in the roads around Levenshulme.
“Vehicle seized and no doubt will go unclaimed and be crushed.”
Manchester Council responded to the incident to say it was pleased to see the planters were able to 'put a stop' to the car chase.
"We believe that the trial active neighbourhood scheme in Levenshulme, which will be taking place over the next six months, has the potential to significantly improve road safety for local families,” Executive Member for the Environment, Planning and Transport, Councillor Angeliki Stogia, said.
"Following public consultation, filters have been placed at a series of locations where they will help to reduce levels of rat-running through residential streets, while maintaining essential access and encouraging more people to consider walking and cycling for their local journeys.
"It's great to know that in this case, the trial scheme put a stop to a driver who was seeking to escape from Greater Manchester Police, which clearly could have resulted in a dangerous situation for residents."