Speed cameras installed on Forty Foot Road

15:30 22 July 2010

Forty Foot Road between Ramsey and Chatteris

Forty Foot Road between Ramsey and Chatteris

Archant

AVERAGE speed cameras have finally been installed on the Forty Foot Road.

Forty Foot Road between Ramsey and Chatteris

AVERAGE speed cameras have finally been installed on the Forty Foot Road.

The death trap road, which runs alongside a river between Ramsey and Chatteris, has claimed several lives as reckless drivers exceeded the 50mph speed limit.

There have long been calls for enforcement cameras to get motorists to slow down - and today campaigners finally got their wish.

The £350,000 cameras are now fully fitted and ready to use to reduce the risk of cars plunging into the water.

Councillor Mac McGuire, Cambridgeshire County Council’s cabinet member for highways, said he is “delighted the cameras are now fully functional”.

He added: “Speed has been an element in many of the accidents on this stretch of road. These new generation cameras will play an important part in ensuring drivers keep to the speed limit and drive safely.”

The road has had a killer reputation for more than a decade.

In one particularly bad year, 2006, there were more deaths on the road in five weeks than there had been for the whole of the previous decade.

And some drivers have been caught travelling as fast as 100mph along the road - double the legal limit.

Calls for the cameras date back years but there have been complications because of the unusual Fenland soil conditions alongside the river.

New technology means the cameras don’t need the dedicated hard wired link between sites, making the equipment easier to install.

It is the first time cameras have been put next to a waterway in Cambridgeshire.

More news stories

Yesterday, 20:27
Dr Mark Slack, head of gynaecoloyg at Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge

A third American state is suing the makers of a pelvic mesh sling which is the most commonly used brand in UK hospitals.

Sunday, August 28, 2016
Boats gather on the River Nene in March town centre.

The March Society is calling on people in the town to ‘treasure their treasures’ as it prepares for this year’s Heritage Open Days.

Saturday, August 27, 2016
Cambridgeshire's Rural Crime Action Team

“Don’t come hare coursing in Cambridgeshire” is the clear message from local police as they look to clamp down on the activity.

Friday, August 26, 2016
Fenland has experienced the highest increase in the number of people referring to alcohol treatment services in the county.

A council report has revealed that Fenland has experienced the highest increase in the number of people referring to alcohol treatment services in the county.

Most read stories

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Cambs Times e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up