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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 Borough. 

 

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 these accidents.

 

“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.

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