NEW digital average speed cameras will be coming to Solihull and Birmingham in the new year – it has been announced.
These cameras will replace nine obsolete ‘wet film’ safety camera sites.
Rather than replace the old ‘spot speed’ units with similar technology, Birmingham City Council (BCC) and Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council (SMBC) will be taking advantage of cost-effective and efficient average speed enforcement cameras which represent the very latest hardware platform for road safety.
Additionally, the solution has functionality capable of offering numerous benefits both to Birmingham and Solihull councils and West Midlands Police (WMP), including the intelligent use of the data output from the cameras – for example, the Average Speed Enforcement (ASE) functionality can be switched to be used for journey time monitoring, provided the camera site is not required for speed reduction.
The cameras will be located across Solihull and Birmingham and operational for a term of five years.
There will be an initial 21-month evaluation phase to assess the effectiveness of the cameras, equipment and the overall system.
The proposed sites chosen have been based on the following criteria:
* There was a fixed safety camera at the site prior to April 2013.
* There is a history of collisions and casualties at the camera site zone.
* Speed surveys indicate that speeding vehicles is an issue.
* There is no realistic and appropriate engineering solution that can be installed at the location to reduce collisions and vehicles exceeding the speed limit.
Coun Ted Richards, Cabinet Member for Transport and Highways, at Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council, said: “This new digital technology will play a very important role in keeping the region’s roads safe.
“Thousands of people use the roads through Birmingham and Solihull every day and any work that local authorities can do to keep them safe is certainly positive.”
West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson added: “I am delighted that Birmingham and Solihull are leading the way in this important area of work.
“When I was elected last year I promised that I would improve road safety and do all I could to reduce the number of injuries and deaths on our roads.
“Speed is one of the biggest cause of deaths on the road and one of the biggest issues that local people raise with me on a daily basis.”
The locations of the nine digital average speed cameras are:
B425 Lode Lane (between Henley Crescent and Moat Lane)
B4114 Bradford Road / Chester road (in the vicinity of the junction)
A38 Bristol Road approaching Speedwell Road – into city
A456 Hagley Road approaching Norfolk Road – out city
A456 Hagley Road approaching Rotton Park Road – into city
A4540 New John St West approaching Hospital St – towards A38
A4540 New John St West towards Hockley Circus – towards Hockley Circus
A34 Newtown Row near New John St West – out of city
A45 Coventry Road at exit from Swan Island underpass – into city