|30 May 2018|
|Work starts on installing new average speed cameras|
|*** A link to a video is below ***
Leicestershire County Council is starting work to install new average speed cameras as part of a scheme to alleviate safety concerns across the county.
The first of the new devices will be installed in Sharnford, Walcote and Measham this week as part of a year-long trial to discourage motorists from speeding.
The speed cameras will cover four villages and three key main and rural routes which have various issues and concerns around speeding and safety.
Councillor Blake Pain, cabinet member for environment and transport, said: “I’m delighted that we’re trialling the average speed enforcement, as we have a commitment to working to make our roads as safe as they can be.
“There are communities across the county whose lives are blighted by the effects of speeding motorists. We have listened to what people have been telling us about the problem. Hopefully the scheme will address the concerns of residents and make a positive change to drivers’ behaviour.”
The 12-month trial and enforcement, due to start in the summer, will cost around £500,000, funded by the county council.
The locations of the speed cameras will be:
Following the trial, the authority would then look to widen out the camera programme, should a proposed new approach to funding be supported by the Government.
At present, funds generated through camera fines are retained by HM Treasury, therefore the county council has asked the Government to consider allowing this revenue to be retained by local authorities to cover the capital cost of the average speed cameras, after which the revenue would revert to Government. This would enable further roll-outs of this type of enforcement measure across the county.
Here’s a link to a video of Blake Pain talking about the new average speed cameras work: youtu.be/DbmuWQi-Dmg