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

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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.

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