Peaks Parkway to get speed safety cameras.
Cameras measuring the average speed of motorists will be installed on a busy stretch of a Grimsby road where nearly 100 people have been injured in the last five years.
Road safety bosses hope the measures on the A16 Peaks Parkway in Grimsby will cut the number of casualties, which despite year-on-year reductions elsewhere in the borough, continues to rise.
To reduce the crashes on this road, North East Lincolnshire Council in partnership with Balfour Beatty Living Place and the Safer Roads Humber partnership, is installing average speed cameras on the 2.7km stretch between Frederick Ward Way and Peaks Tunnel Bridge, where the limit is 30mph.
Barry Gardner, Humberside Police casualty reduction officer, said: “Inappropriate speed is a common factor in collisions which have happened on this stretch of road. Traditional speed enforcement is not straightforward along this route and we have had to look at ways of using technology to its best effect. This work will not immediately bring about the capability for enforcement but is, at this moment, just assessing the feasibility of cameras on this section of urban highway.”
Peter Wheatley, portfolio holder for environment, said: “The cameras are being installed as a safety measure. If they don’t record anyone breaking the speed limit on the road that will be great. It’s not about catching people, it’s about reducing crashes and giving drivers a safer journey.”
Miguel D’Souza, road safety engineer with Balfour Beatty, said: “Average speed cameras bring benefits to all motorists with fewer crashes and more reliable journeys, which mean they are generally better received by the public. These cameras are also digital and retain no information. Everything is transferred directly to the Police headquarters, rendering post-offence vandalism ineffective.”
Work to install the cameras begins on Monday and is expected to be completed by early 2013.