Dangerous A1 stretch to get new speed cameras
Mr Siddle said: “Despite regular camera enforcement and the use of police patrols, the area on the A1 around Stoke Rochford has been the site of many collisions involving death and serious injury.
“The fixed point cameras were the only technology available at the time to try to protect traffic entering or emerging from those junctions and while there was some improvement it was felt that the emerging technology of average speed systems would be a favoured option.
“The engineering work has already commenced and we expect the system to be fully functional by the summer. As you can appreciate, the system has to undergo rigorous testing before it goes ‘live’.
“The final decision to install average speed camera system on the A1 was made by Highways England and is fully supported by Lincolnshire police and Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership (LRSP).
“The cost of the system will be met by Highways England however, the running of the system and processing of offences will, as with any other speed camera enforcement, be handled by LRSP and Lincolnshire police.
The move comes after more than 7,000 drivers were handed speed notices from the two fixed cameras on both the south and northbound lanes in the last year – reaping almost £750,000 in fines.
Mr Siddle added: “A total of 7,452 drivers received speeding notices in the 12 months prior to the two cameras being removed. These are of course both north and south bound directions. That is 621 per month and 20 per day.
“With 20 vehicles a day driving at high speed, it is clear to see why we have chosen to install the average system. We know that using average cameras the drivers are more speed compliant over a longer distance, where we have used average cameras elsewhere in Lincolnshire we have seen significant casualty reduction.
Nearly a third happen because motorists pulling onto the A1 misjudge the speed of vehicles coming towards them. North Lodge Plantation, Stoke Rochford Junction and Crabtree Lane were found to be particularly dangerous.
Average speed cameras were installed on the A52 five years ago at Ropsley and that has resulted in a 57 per cent reduction in accidents and a 70 per cent drop in casualties.
They have recently been introduced on A15 between Lincoln and Sleaford and similar reductions are expected.
Regular driver on the A1, Alan Field from Newark, who commutes to Colsterworth, welcomed the planned introduction of the average speed cameras on the Great Ponton and Stoke Rochford areas.
He said: “I think it will be a good thing as the fixed camera at Stoke Rochford just meant drivers slowed down and then sped-up again. The average speed cameras will slow speeds down over a longer stretch.”
A Highways England spokesperson said: “Safety is our top priority and we’ve always been clear that speed cameras are for making journeys safer and reducing dangerous driving, not raising cash. That is why average speed cameras are used at sites where there is a real concern about speed and a history of serious collisions and casualties.
“However, speed cameras are not the only solution and wherever there is a safety problem, we work with local partners to consider whether other measures, including engineering solutions, can be more effective. We carefully considered options to improve safety on this stretch of the A1, but the alternatives were less likely to reduce the number of collisions over the longer term.”