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Average Speed Cameras to make city safer

Published Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Average speed cameras are set to be introduced to help improve safety on two of the city’s busiest roads.

Councillors are being asked to give the go-ahead for the cameras to be installed on stretches of London Road and Ansty Road – and more could follow.

The move, originally announced last year, is in response to safety concerns from local residents around the city about the speed of vehicles on local roads.

Over a three year period, London Road saw 22 accidents, including three fatalities and six serious injuries. In a similar period, there were 32 accidents on Ansty Road, resulting in two fatalities and five serious injuries.

The cameras on London Road would cover the stretch from Allard Way to the A46, with the Ansty Road cameras covering from Dane Road to Clifford Bridge Road.

Clear signs would be put up to tell drivers they are entering an average speed control zone.

Income from motorists paying for speed awareness courses would be used to cover police costs and re-invested in maintaining and potentially extending the scheme.

Councillor Jayne Innes, Coventry City Council’s Cabinet Member for City Services, stressed the move was not a money-making exercise but about making the city safer.

She said: “Every person can tell you an area they are concerned about in the city about speeding traffic. We are not responsible for enforcement but this is something as a Council we are willing to pay for and target roads where there are persistent problems.

“Average speed cameras have been shown to be really effective with a dramatic cut in the number of accidents where they have been installed.

“This first stage of the scheme will see them on two of our busiest roads and if that is a success, they could potentially be rolled out to other areas.

“No-one who is driving safely and responsibly has anything to worry about and I am sure they will be welcomed by the majority of people.”

Average Speed Cameras record the registration of a car and calculate its speed by measuring the time taken to travel between set points and are seen as an effective way of reducing speed as they can cover a long stretch of road compared to other cameras.

The scheme has been trialled across the UK with successful results. On the A77 in Ayrshire, Scotland, fatalities and injuries were cut by 77% using the scheme.

And in the West Midlands, the cameras have recently been trialled in Birmingham and Solihull, with early results showing a cut in speed of up to 20%.

The Council is responsible for setting speed limits in the city and works closely with West Midlands Police which enforces them.

It is also the lead authority for the West Midlands on road safety and is committed to reducing the number of fatal and serious injury accidents by 40% over the next 10 years.

As part of that work it is promoting the cameras to other authorities and hoping for similar schemes to be introduced across the region.

Councillors will discuss the plan at a meeting on 6 March and if approved, the cameras would be installed later this year.

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