Forty Foot Road: Speed camera for blackspot

PUBLISHED: 13:34 17 February 2006 | UPDATED: 21:42 28 May 2010

Would speed cameras be the answer

Would speed cameras be the answer

INVESTIGATIONS are under way which could see a speed camera sited on the Forty Foot Bank. Mark Kemp, county council director of highways and access, said the most recent spate of deaths on the road and new Government regulations may have made a permanent

INVESTIGATIONS are under way which could see a speed camera sited on the Forty Foot Bank.

Mark Kemp, county council director of highways and access, said the most recent spate of deaths on the road and new Government regulations may have made a permanent camera more possible.

"The Government is changing the rules governing the placing of safety cameras and they have just been published," he explained.

"We are currently trawling through the legislation to see if this, coupled with the recent bad spate of accidents, changes the statistics sufficiently to enable us to put a permanent camera on the Forty Foot."

Mr Kemp had reservations about the practicality of attempting to close the road to through traffic.

"I think local motorists would simply divert through Doddington and Benwick," he said. "An average of 3,500 vehicles use the Forty Foot each day, so you would be putting an extra 1,277,500 vehicles a year on to rural roads."

While the £800,000 A605/A141 Goosetree roundabout was scheduled for completion by December, a Whittlesey bypass was not included in the long-term transport strategy.

"You are talking about several million pounds for this bypass and to fund this via developers' contributions is quite a demand," he said. "We want to encourage people to move into Fenland, not increase house prices.

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