Average speed cameras introduced on Barkers Lane
Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson’s commitment to improving
the safety of roads in the borough has continued this month with
the installation of average speed cameras along Barkers Lane.
This is the second location in the borough to receive average
speed cameras following the installation of cameras on the A6 in
Milton Ernest at the end of 2012. Since the cameras were installed
here the average speed of vehicles travelling through the village
has fallen from 38mph to 28mph and the number of motorists being
prosecuted for breaking the speed limit has more than halved since
Cameras have been installed along Barkers Lane and will record
the time taken for vehicles to travel along this stretch of road,
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 also seen speed
limits across the borough lowered, especially in rural areas.
The installation of the cameras in this location is in direct
response to requests from local residents and the police to do more
to combat dangerous drivers.
Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson, said: “When I speak to
local residents, in both rural and urban areas, speeding is one of
the most common causes of complaint and concern. That is why I
introduced the Speed Limit Review in 2012 which has led to lower
speed limits and increased safety measures in more than 40
locations across the borough.
“Since the average speed cameras were installed in Milton Ernest
the average speed of vehicles passing through the village has
fallen from a dangerous and illegal 38mph to 28mph and the number
of motorists being prosecuted has more than halved since
enforcement began in the summer.
“Average speed camera systems will force drivers to slow down
and obey the speed limit through this busy, residential area,
instead of simply slowing down as they approach a speed camera.
“Average speed cameras will also shortly be installed at Box End
in Kempston and along The Embankment as we continue to take real
action to make our roads safer for all.
“Fines paid by motorists go directly to the Home Office. Bedford
Borough Council does not receive any money from the fines paid by