South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership is creating a new speed controlled zone, using a series of average speed cameras, to control vehicle speeds on a notorious stretch of road which runs through parts of Sheffield and Barnsley.
The 5.5km section of the A61 to be covered by the cameras includes a series of bends and a number of major road junctions where there have been collisions in the past. On this section of the A61, running between Grenoside, Sheffield and the A616 (T) roundabout in Barnsley, six people have been killed and 19 seriously injured in traffic collisions over the last five years. A further 93 have suffered slight injuries.
Based on data in the DfT report ‘A Valuation of Road Accidents and Casualties in GB in 2010’, the South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership calculates the current average costs to society as a result of these collisions to be in excess of £2.8m per year.
Chief inspector Stuart Walne said: “Inappropriate speed is a common factor in collisions which have previously happened on this stretch of the A61. Traditional speed enforcement is not straightforward along this route and we have had to look at ways of using current technology to its best effect.
“The cameras are being installed as a road safety measure. If they don’t record anyone breaking the speed limit on the road that will be great. It’s not about catching people, it is simply about reducing collisions and saving injuries and life.
"By encouraging drivers to travel at an appropriate speed we estimate that we will see a 40% reduction in the number of collisions.”