A13 in East London to get UK’s first average speed’ cameras

WORK has started on putting 84 average speed’ cameras on eight miles of the A13 in East London to catch motorists driving above the limit, between Canning Town and the Goresbrook flyover at Dagenham, the first place in the country to have them installed

By Mike Brooke

WORK has started this week on putting 84 average speed’ cameras on an eight-mile stretch of the A13 in East London to catch motorists driving above the limit.

The busy section between Canning Town and the Goresbrook flyover at Dagenham is the first place in the country where average speed’ monitoring is to be used to enforce the limit.

If the average speed is above the limit, drivers will get an automatic Notice of Intended Prosecution’ through the post, they are warned.

Transport for London says accidents along the stretch are almost a-fifth higher than typical major roads in London. Nearly 500, including three fatal and 34 serious, were recorded between 2006 and 2008, half of which are put down to speed.

The system will be fully operational by this summer, when the 84 cameras start checking speeds at 37 locations along part or all of the eight-mile dual-carriageway.

Meanwhile, traditional speed cameras on the A13 continue spot checks’ until the new system begins, drivers are warned.