Average speed cameras installed in Milton Ernest
19th December 2012
Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson and Chair of Milton
Ernest Parish Council, Rachel Atkinson, have today officially
unveiled the first average speed cameras in Bedford
The cameras have been installed by Amey and are located at each
end of the village on the A6 and on Radwell Road. They will record
the time taken for vehicles to pass through the village, which will
allow an average speed to be calculated. If a vehicles average
speed is above the 30mph speed limit then the offence is dealt with
by Bedfordshire Police.
The installation of average speed cameras follows Mayor Dave
Hodgson’s ongoing Speed Limit Review which has seen speed limits
across the borough lowered, especially in rural areas.
Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson, said: “Speeding is one
of the most common causes for concern among residents in the
borough, both in urban and rural areas and that is why I have
committed to introducing these ‘Safe Zone’ cameras.
“Every year there are about 400 road accidents on the Boroughs
roads, and either excessive speed or inappropriate speed is
believed to be a contributory factor in a significant proportion of
“Installing average speed cameras will encourage drivers
to stick to the speed limit throughout the Safe Zone instead of
just slowing down when they see a camera approaching. This will
make our roads safer for all.”
Rachel Atkinson, Chair of Milton Ernest Parish Council, added:
“For the past few years Milton Ernest Parish Council has made a
strong case for speed cameras in the village. Thanks to the Mayor’s
new initiative these have now been installed which will make Milton
Ernest a safer place.”
The cameras communicate wirelessly meaning they can be moved
around the borough to target known speeding hot spots.
Further average speed cameras are being installed in Bromham Rd
at Biddenham and in Barkers Lane in 2013, as the campaign to tackle
speeding in response to residents’ concerns continues. The Mayor
has confirmed that his Speed Limit Review is ongoing and that
further average speed cameras will be installed in the New Year to
enhance the safety of local roads.