Speed cameras set to return on A27 as roadworks begin
17 July 2009
By Elise Brewerton
Controversial 'yellow vulture' speed cameras are to return as motorists face more A27 roadworks misery until the end of the year.
Contractors from the Highways Agency start work on the second phase of major improvements on the A27 between Hilsea and Warblington in August.
It is a continuation of the seven months of work to improve lighting, drainage and crash barriers as well as other repairs to existing drainage, signs and fences which started in November 2007 and finished in May 2008. That work was between the junction of the A3(M) and the Warblington slip road.
A 40mph speed limit will be enforced along the stretch of road using average speed cameras which calculate the average speed of vehicles while traveling throughout the stretch of road.
Neil Terry, a 31-year-old software engineer from Fraser Road, Bedhampton, said: 'I use that stretch of road every day to and from work.
'I remember the last load of works they did and it's going to be just as frustrating for everyone this time. It was a bit of a nightmare the last time they did the work.
'They need the cameras there because people stick within the limits when they're up. It's safer for the people working on the road.
'But it is difficult having to face roadworks every day.'
The A27 will be reduced to two narrow lanes from the junction with the Eastern Road and the Langstone roundabout.
The work is set to continue until the end of the year. Contractors will be working 24 hours a day and the weekend to minimize the amount of disruption for commuters.
Plans for the works will be on display next week for members of the public to find out information and ask questions of Highways Agency staff.
A public exhibition is held at the Brookfield Hotel, Havant Road, Emsworth, on July 22 from 2pm-8pm.