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Speed cameras, Greater London

TfL prepares to expand average speed camera enforcement

The use of average speed cameras in London is to be stepped up as part of a multi-million pound upgrade to the capital’s camera network.

New details have emerged of TfL’s plan to upgrade the existing wet film cameras to digital equipment (LTT 03 Aug). The plan envisages that average speed cameras will be installed on eight (unspecified) Transport for London road network (TLRN) routes, replacing 86 existing wet film fixed site speed cameras and 12 digital spot speed cameras.

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Idris
17 Aug 2012

It has long been clear that those who spend millions on cameras have not the slightest understanding of how utterly trivial speeding is in terms of accident causations - for example, Derbyshire Police recently analysed their data and found that only 2.7% of accidents were caused primarily by speeding.

Never mind though - doubtless the manufacturers and operators will make handsome profits, as will police forces to extrat theuir share of the take from speed awareness courses at ever high prices.

When will they wake up and realise that this is all utterly stupid?

Transport Planning Service
21 Aug 2012

Could be particularly useful on trunk roads with numerous side road junctions, as on parts of A312 and A406. Driving over the speed limit increases the chance of shunts when someone in front turns left, and increases the danger to pedestrians crossing the side road as drivers try to turn as fast as possible, and fail to give way to crossing pedestrians as the Highway Code says they must. Even a 5mph reduction in actual speeds would make a huge difference in this situation.