Average speed check cameras to be installed on major road close to Croydon
A new batch of average speed cameras are being brought in on the A217 between Banstead and the M25.
The cameras will be introduced over the next few months on the dual carriageway which has a 40mph limit.
Motorists will be familiar with the traffic enforcement cameras which have been used on the M25 and other roads managed by the national Highways Agency.
However, this is the first time the cameras are being permanently introduced on a Surrey County Council-maintained road.
The move has been applauded in Lower Kingswood, which is dissected by the busy dual carriageway.
Chair of the local residents’ association David Patel said: “The speed that cars go through the village is very, very fast and sooner or later there is going to be a major accident.
“When people come from the M25 on to the A217, they still think they are on a motorway; they zoom past. They slow down for the speed camera but then as soon as they are past they speed up again.
“The idea [of average speed cameras] is brilliant. The sooner it comes in the better. I think my committee and residents feel exactly the same way. We are very happy about it.”
Council spokesman Andy Robinson added: “The current speed cameras are becoming obsolete and the new improved camera technology will provide the opportunity to achieve an even greater reduction in casualties.
“This will cost the council nothing. This is because all costs are covered by using fees charged to offenders attending speed awareness courses and local enterprise partnership money.”
The three existing Gatso cameras on the stretch between the M25 and Banstead will be replaced with the new cameras, from the end of this month.
Mr Robinson added: “The fixed cameras will be replaced with an average speed camera system that will encourage lower speeds throughout the whole length of the A217 from the M25 Junction 8 to Fir Tree Road in Banstead, in both directions, rather than just in the immediate vicinity of the existing cameras in one direction at a time.
“Each major link between major signal and roundabout junctions will have small cameras, usually mounted on existing lamp columns, that will record the entry and exit times for each vehicle from which the average speed can be calculated.
“This will mean that additional enforcement by mobile camera van units will no longer be necessary on this stretch and this resource could be used elsewhere.”
Department for Transport evaluation suggests the number of motorists breaking the speed limit falls from 55 per cent before the installation of average speed cameras, to 18 per cent afterwards, and the number of people killed or seriously injured falls by 69 per cent.