Average speed cameras are now coming to Canvey Way
9:10am Thursday 5th March 2009
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By Sarah Calkin »
WORK to install average speed cameras as part of a £700,000 scheme to cut congestion and reduce accidents on Canvey Way has begun.
The introduction of the cameras, which should be up and running by April, is the final stage of the Essex County Council scheme, which has also seen the road resurfaced with anti-skid material and closing lay-bys.
It comes just two months after the cameras were introduced on a stretch of the A127, between the Nevendon Interchange, Wickford, and the Southend borough boundary.
After a month, the council admitted the cameras were not working properly and no tickets had been issued. It won’t reveal if they are now working or not.
But despite these problems, the Canvey Way scheme, which was agreed last May, is still going ahead.
Norman Hume, county councillor responsible for highways and transportation, said: “Canvey Way is used by more than 25,000 vehicles a day and congestion caused by accidents causes misery to thousands all too frequently. This new 50mph limit, monitored by average speed cameras, will help us to tackle this issue, together with a number of other measures already in place on the route.
“These include a better road surface and less ability for unpredictable manoeuvres, which will help us to make Canvey Way safer and less congested for motorists.”
Elsewhere in the country, the cameras have cut accidents by up to 85 per cent.
Taxi driver Paul Eynorth, who runs Canvey-based A Star taxis, has welcomed the cameras.
He said: “It should have been done a long time ago. People don’t realise how fast they’re driving. The road is a deathtrap and anything to stop people being killed is a good idea.
“It causes so many problems when there are accidents down there.”
Canvey Way will be completely closed between 9pm and 5am for approximately five weeks while the work is carried out.