- Site of more than 400 collisions will be the first place in UK where average speed cameras enforce speed limit along a major urban road
- New upgraded system will help reduce road collisions and improve traffic flow through east London
An average speed camera system, the first of its kind in the UK, will begin operating between Canning Town and the Goresbrook Interchange on the A13 from 31 January to help reduce the number of deaths and serious injuries on this stretch of road; notorious for collisions.
In agreement with the Metropolitan Police and local borough councils, TfL is introducing the new system at this site as it sees a higher amount of collisions than is usual for London’s roads. Between 2007 and 2009, there were 426 collisions on this stretch; resulting in two deaths and 37 serious casualties.
More than 70 per cent of those collisions involved cars or goods vehicles and it is hoped the introduction of these new speed cameras will reduce collisions by around 30 per cent.
The new camera system will replace the existing fixed and mobile safety cameras along the stretch of road. As well as reducing the number of people killed or harmed on the road, it is also hoped this system will reduce congestion caused by collisions, helping to further smooth traffic flow.
Road collisions are responsible for around 28 per cent of congestion in London. Studies by TfL show that collisions along the stretch of A13 from Canning Town flyover to Goresbrook Interchange can take up to seven hours to be cleared, with the average time being around two hours per collision.
A total of 84 cameras, based at 37 locations, will monitor the speed of vehicles as they drive along part or all of the Canning Town to Goresbrook Interchange section of the A13. If the average speed for a vehicle along the stretch of the road they drive along is above the speed limit, the owner of the car will be issued with a Notice of Intended Prosecution (NIP) by the Metropolitan Police.
In preparation for the system going live on 31 January, the speed limit will be raised from 40mph to 50mph on the section of the A13 to the east of the Canning Town Flyover and the Goresbrook Interchange in the London boroughs of Newham and Barking & Dagenham.
The increase in speed limit follows a review of the dual three lane design of the A13, which showed that a 50mph speed limit is appropriate for this stretch of road. The speed limit across the Lodge Avenue and Canning Town Flyovers will remain as they currently are.
David Brown, Managing Director of Surface Transport at TfL, said:
“Road safety in the Capital is something that the Mayor and TfL take extremely seriously and this new average speed camera system along the A13 is not only a first for London, but a first for the UK.
“Once active, the upgraded safety camera system will help significantly reduce the number of collisions that occur along this stretch of road, resulting in fewer serious casualties and reduced collision-related traffic congestion in the local area.”
PC Simon Wickenden of Chadwell Heath Traffic Management Unit said: “We fully support both the increase in the speed limit and the average speed camera system on the A13. Experience elsewhere has shown that average speed cameras increase road safety and at the same time better regulate traffic flow.
“We believe the speed limit is more appropriate for a dual carriageway like this and the potential reduction in collisions would mean fewer lengthy road closures as the necessary investigations take place.”