Mobile speed camera vans for dangerous A24

By Vita Millers
December 18, 2009

A ROAD where four motorists have lost their lives in the past three years has had new measures agreed to try to reduce speeding problems.
Mobile enforcement vans will be sited on the A24, one on a central reserve in North Holmwood, near Spook Hill, and the other on the southbound carriageway approaching Beare Green, opposite the junction with Old Horsham Road.
Members of the county council’s local committee for Mole Valley agreed to allocate £70,000 to the Surrey Safety Camera Partnership, to provide hard-standings and safety fencing for the vans to park.
Over the past three years there have been 34 accidents along a stretch of just three miles of the A24.
These resulted in 49 casualties, including four deaths and seven people being seriously injured.
Parents have been especially worried about the safety of children as they make their way to the Weald Primary School in Beare Green.
Sandra Strachan, whose son was seriously injured on the road in August 2008, welcomed the news.
“I’m pleased because it’s still such a dangerous road,” she said.
“If one person is killed, it’s already too many.”
Mrs Strachan was hopeful the cameras would encourage people to slow down.
She added: “I’m surprised something’s finally happened, I’m now thinking whether it’s worth campaigning to get the speed limit down to 40mph.”
District councillor Valerie Homewood said: “I am delighted that the county highways are doing something to address speeding problems on the A24.
“Beare Green residents write to me about this problem all the time, especially parents of children who attend the Weald School just down the road from the proposed camera site.
“There have been so many nasty accidents here just south of the Esso garage, including one where a lorry overturned, crushing the safety barriers, where children walk to school.”
The councillor added that a speed camera on the A24 in Mickleham had reduced accidents by roughly two-thirds during a three-year period.
She said: “With regular monitoring of the traffic speed here, the cameras should help protect everyone, especially youngsters on their way to school.”