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Average speed cameras deployed on suburban road in Greater Manchester

Speeding motorists to be targeted at notorious blackspot

Average-speed cameras, which compare the time at which vehicles pass two separate points on a stretch of road to enable the average speed to be calculated to determine if drivers are breaking the speed limit, are now being deployed in the Greater Manchester suburbs.

Typically used on motorways and major trunk roads, the Manchester Evening News says that it is the first time such a camera has been used on a non-motorway route in the metropolitan area.

Its report of the installation of cameras at Victoria Avenue, Blackley, describes them as “the scourge of the motorway motorist” – although we feel that might be better expressed as “the scourge of the law-breaking motorway motorist.”

The newspaper says that the stretch of road where the cameras have been installed is known to be a blackspot for accidents, with four people killed and another eight suffering serious injuries in a total of 46 incidents there between 2005 and 2009.

According to DriveSafe, Greater Manchester’s casualty reduction partnership, which is behind the initiative, speeding is often the cause of accidents on the road, which carries a speed limit of 30mph.

DriveSafe spokeswomen Karen Delaney told the Manchester Evening News: “Blackley has received a large amount of negative press coverage over the years as a result of speeding and understandably, there is growing community concern about speeding traffic and aggressive driving.”

She continued: “Traditional safety cameras are very effective at reducing speed, but roads such as this, which have a high level of speed-induced collisions, have huge potential to benefit from these new cameras and we are confident that the device will encourage lower speeds, discourage overtaking and reduce collisions.”

Adrian Tink of the RAC also backed the move, telling the newspaper: “If the road in Manchester has a history of accidents that are speed-related, then clearly something has to be done.

He added: “Average cameras are more desirable than static cameras. They do enforce a penalty, but they encourage drivers to moderate their speed over a period of time, keep traffic moving and avoid shunting accidents.”

The cameras use number plate recognition software to identify vehicle details, filming them as they enter and leave the controlled zone, with details of drivers who have been caught speeding passed on to the police.

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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RuthF28 | 13 years ago

We have a 50 mph on the dual carriageway around Northampton. It's a wee bit tricky keeping to the limit say in the evening when there's no traffic, but at rush hour it's a real god-send. All the traffic moves smoothly, no mad over and undertaking, and plenty of space and time for vehicles to filter on and off the road. Bring it on!

David French | 13 years ago

I want them everywhere! Don't get me wrong, it's nice to have a good fast drive around the countryside but too many people take the pi** with speed.

Tony Farrelly | 13 years ago

I'm amazed that it's taken so long to introduce them on non-motorway roads, they'd do a job on fast singlelane A-roads too.

OldRidgeback | 13 years ago

Average speed cameras have been successful in trials on motorway sections. They're most used in areas where repairs/maintenance is carried out. Data suggests they actually improve traffic flow as well as cutting down accidents.

STATO | 13 years ago

cue scores of people claiming they are unsafe because you have to stare at your speedo to ensure you go at exactly 30mph, ignoring the fact its easy to cruise along below that if your not entirely focused on going as fast as your allowed to.

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