New speed cameras bid to boost safety on A14

Publisher: Ian Morgan
Published: 19/01/2007 - 11:21:24 AM

New speed cameras to be installed
New speed cameras to be installed

New average speed safety cameras will be installed on 14 miles of the A14 between Huntingdon and Cambridge from Monday (January 22).

The Highways Agency is working closely with Cambridgeshire County Council's Road Safety Team and Cambridgeshire Police on this initiative, which will help to reduce excess speed and ensure safety on this busy section of the A14.

Enforcement of the cameras will be carried out by Cambridgeshire Police.

The new camera system, which calculates the average speed along a length of road, will be installed between the Spittals Interchange (J23) and the Girton Interchange (J31).

Work starts on Monday for 12 weeks and will be done overnight, when traffic flows are lower: Monday to Thursday between 8pm and 6am, Fridays 9pm to 9am and Saturdays 7pm and 11am.

During the work there will be overnight single lane closures and a temporary 40mph speed limit. There will also be some overnight carriageway and slip road closures, and these will be publicised in advance.

Steve Davy, Highways Agency A14 Route Performance Manager, said: "We hope that this new camera system will help to make the A14 safer. The number of road casualties on the A14 in Cambridgeshire, although below the national average, is unacceptably high.

"We have joined up with Cambridgeshire County Council and the Police to encourage road users to drive carefully and obey the signs and speed limits which are there for the safety of all road users.

"While the work is being carried out to install the cameras, we also encourage people to drive carefully through the roadworks."

Analysis of crashes and information from the police show that the major factors involved in incidents on the A14 include motorists driving too fast and too close for the conditions as well as people using their mobile phones on the move and not wearing seatbelts.

Cambridgeshire County Councillor John Reynolds, Cabinet Member for Environment and Community Services, said: "I drive the A14 regularly and as any motorist who uses that road knows many of the accidents are caused by people driving too fast for the conditions and often without looking what they are doing. We all know of accidents where motorists have driven into the back of slow moving traffic because they have been going too fast or not paying attention such as using their phone or changing lanes without looking.

"These cameras, together with other measures, should play an important role in reducing the number of accidents on this road. The Council is pleased to be working closely with its partners at the Highways Agency and Cambridgeshire Constabulary on this project."

Inspector Andy Chatfield, Cambridgeshire Police, said: "Average Speed Cameras will make a major contribution to making the A14 a safer road to travel on and will encourage freer flowing traffic.

"Experience of similar projects has shown that more motorists comply with the speed limit over the length of the zone reducing the concertina effect of traffic speeding up and then slowing down. The works are being carried out at times to minimise the disruption to motorists. They will be well signed and I would urge everyone to drive within the signed limits and their own capabilities."