Suffolk/Essex: New speed cameras being introduced on A12

Average speed cameras are coming to the A12 next year. Average speed cameras are coming to the A12 next year.

Thursday, December 5, 2013
9:11 AM

New average speed cameras are to be introduced on the A12 between Ipswich and the M25 next year in a bid to cut accidents.

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Cameras are to be installed on 2.3 miles of the A12 between the Four Sisters junction near East Bergholt and Stratford St Mary at a cost of £843,000.

And more cameras will be installed by the Highways Agency on the road near Kelvedon at a cost of £983,000.

The Suffolk cameras will be installed between September and November next year – with the Essex cameras following between November next year and January 2015.

There could be more average speed cameras introduced as well – on the A14 Orwell Bridge as part of a speed reduction project.

The speed limit on the section of the A12 covered by the cameras will remain 70mph.

The Suffolk cameras would be the first in the county aimed at reducing speed on a notorious stretch of the A12. Average speed cameras were introduced on the A14 between Cambridge and Huntingdon in 2007.

During their first two years of operation the number of accidents on the road fell from 70 a year to 41 a year. The number of serious accidents fell from just over eight a year to less than one a year, and there were no fatalities on that stretch of road.

Suffolk Police and Crime Commissioner Tim Passmore had talks with the Highways Agency last month.

The Agency said it would be consulting on reducing the speed limit on the Orwell Bridge and installing cameras between the Nacton and Wherstead junctions in a bid to reduce accidents which lead to the closure of the road and major traffic problems in Ipswich town centre.

Mr Passmore said: “There has to be consultations, but I would hope there could be new limits and cameras on the bridge as soon as possible.”

However it does take time for the Agency to get camera positions finalised – it has been working on the sites on the A12 since last year.

The AA welcomed proposals to introduce average speed cameras on the A12 as a move to help reduce accidents.

Paul Watters from the motorists’ organisation said: “We have done surveys of our membership and about 70% are in favour of roadside technology to improve safety.

“I think most motorists are responsible and should not be affected by the presence of the average speed cameras – but they should be a deterrent to the idiots who totally ignore speed limits.”

Mr Watters said that as more traffic wanted to use roads, making them even busier, schemes like average speed cameras would probably become more common in an attempt to ensure traffic kept moving.

9 comments

  • Yet another un-researched article...please get the facts and figures correct before submitting them to print....unprofessionalism at the highest level...

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    Chris Ward

    Thursday, December 5, 2013

  • Not a fan of speed cameras full stop, but something needs to be done about the A12 to the M25, it is a daily disaster and is costing millions in lost revenue being a main artery into the region.

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    Tedbundy

    Thursday, December 5, 2013

  • A12 and A14 need to be M12 and M14. Period. The roads are not fit for purpose, too much traffic. Why don't the Conservative MP's lobby for it? They represent East Anglia and nothing year in year out. A12 has been voted worst road in Britain and Huntingdon section of A14 has the most accidents of any major road. Investment is urgently needed to stop accidents.

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    Dataminer1

    Thursday, December 5, 2013

  • More Errors in a report from Mr Geater , check out the accident rate on A14 Huntingdon .

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    Poppys Dad

    Thursday, December 5, 2013

  • As a regular user of the A14 CamHunts link accidents do still happen and quite serious ones they just don't get reported in the papers, same with the A140. Numerous accidents closing it over the last 2 to 4 yrs but since the papers will not get the headlines about "danger road, we must do something" they don't get reported. Finaly the reports done by the Police tend to grade them differently once it's a "Controled Road Space" so the statistics look better. In both the locations in Suffolk now proposed isn't it suprising you have dangerouse junctions. At the bridge the Nacton Rd Junction and the Shell Garage do not have long enough entry slip roads so that vehicles can get up to speed and merge properly at 70mph. At East Bergholt it's the same, very, very short entry slips causing vehicles to enter the dual carriageway at 20mph or from a standstill. Instead of solving the problem to provide a high speed road link the county deserves Mr Passmore no doubt supported by his Conservative Colleagues in Gov't or Local Gov't who can't be bothered with spending some money to solve problems would rather cripple the A12A14 to 50mph and make money of car owners. The A14 in Cambs is the same where an old non dual carriage way was upgraded with inadequate road junctions built. Nice little earner, buy another hour or two flying for the stupid flying death trap called a police helicopter for Mr Passmore to look all swish at the next National Police Commisioners Ball. I am sorry but the rest of Europe looks at our road network and laughs. It's the 21st Centaury and we are talking about the equivalant of a red man with a flag in front of the car. The HuntsCambs A14 is the most frustrating, horrible road to drive because you spend most of your time in a long line a cars, 3 or 4 foot from the car in front trying to look at your speedo constantly whilst waiting for the next idiot in front to emergency break because a lorry on the inside has put a left hand indicator on. All average Speed cameras do is make congestion as it bunches the traffic up and cause rear end to end shunts which are more prevelant on the A14 now than they ever were, but only lead to horrible injury to 4 or 5 people rather than 1 death. If you want to be fed by a tube for the rest of your life bring in cameras. What we should be using this money for is to redesign the road so it actualy does what it says, stopping all types of accidents, rather than putting up with inadeqacy.

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    The Ginge

    Thursday, December 5, 2013

  • "The number of serious accidents fell from just over eight a year to less than one a year" - So that will be no serious accidents, as I assume you can't have half a serious accident?!!?

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    DaveHedgehog

    Thursday, December 5, 2013

  • Cant remember managing 70mph on the A12 in a long time during day light hours.

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    Silly Uncle Fred

    Thursday, December 5, 2013

  • Marvellous. So now you have to pay more attention to your speedometer through accident blackspots rather than concentrating on the road. This fixation with speed cameras lulls drivers in to a false sense of security, and an incorrect belief that just because they don't break the speed limit, they are safe drivers. Speed cameras only detect one thing - speed. They do not detect drunk or drugged drivers, tailgaters, or people whose driving is frankly sub-standard. Better driver education (the driving test needs to be MUCH tougher) and engineering solutions would also help reduce accidents, but they cost money to implement, whereas speed cameras fleece the cash-cow that is the motorist.

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    Richard Hall

    Thursday, December 5, 2013

  • I welcome these measures, the A12 is a major accident waiting to happen, and that is down to the inappropriate speed that I see every morning and evening. Whilst at it I hope they put cameras on the lights at the Copdock roundabout, perhaps that will deter the 4 or 5 idiots, usually big trucks, that continue through at speed after the red light, frightening!!!!!

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    Rob Bill

    Thursday, December 5, 2013

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