THE average speed cameras to be placed on the deadly Ramsey Forty Foot Road between Ramsey Forty Foot and Chatteris will be operated using the latest computer technology.
The cameras will use existing telephone lines so no extra cabling will be needed to install them. However, they are unlikely to be in place before the summer.
The downside of having the state-of-the-art equipment is that the devices are being held up awaiting Government approval. Because they are used for law enforcement, each component of the new camera must be Home Office approved.
The programme to install the cameras was agreed by Cambridgeshire County Council exactly a year ago after a Hunts Post campaign. Thousands of readers contacted the paper's website demanding safety measures on the road after it claimed five lives in six weeks.
Approval for the cameras came on the anniversary of the death of a father and son.
Cambridgeshire County Council says it wants to install Specs 3, which county engineer, Amanda Mays, said would be more suitable for the soft, peat terrain.
"The Specs 3 works on existing phone cables so there is no need for re-cabling. It is more reliable, more flexible and less intrusive," she said.
The speed camera programme is described by the council as a "break through project" as it is the first time that average speed cameras have been used on a rural road.
Government approval for Specs 3 was expected this summer, but is now expected in April.
However, Ms Mays said this should not hold up the project: "We can't install the cameras yet but this does not stop us doing the ground work. We always said it would be an 18-month to two-year project. The Home Office has to approve every single component of this equipment. Speed cameras were developed originally in the 90s and if even one particular part is changed, the Home Office has to approve that."
The county council is also looking at other makes of speed camera which work on wireless technology using satellite or mobile phone systems.
During the winter of 2005-2006, there were two accidents on the same stretch of road alongside the Forty Foot Drain.
In the first, on December 21, 2005, seven-year-old Jordan Hawes and his father Dean, 27, were killed. Six weeks later - on February 1, 2006, at around 5am, three Portuguese workers driving from Peterborough to work at Rustler's Factory in Chatteris died when their car - like Mr Hawes's car, left the road and went into the water.