Transport for London (TfL) has extended a pilot of average speed cameras to three more major roads across the city in a bid to improve safety and driver behaviour.
Two of the new locations came into operation last week (17 June) on roads with 40mph and 50mph limits, with a third set to become operational in September on another 50mph limit road.
Average speed cameras are already in use on motorways across the UK. Research for the RAC Foundation, published last month, revealed more than 250 miles of roads in Great Britain are now monitored by average speed cameras.
TfL says its pilot will measure their effectiveness in reducing speed related road casualties across a wider area – not just at spot locations where drivers can slow down and speed up again once they have passed the camera.
The cameras use automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) to record a vehicle’s speed at distances along a stretch of road, and then calculate the average speed between two points.
TfL is using roadside message signs to alert drivers to the new system and has worked closely with the relevant borough councils – including Brent, Ealing, Barnet, Richmond, Hounslow, Bexley and Greenwich – to install the new camera systems.