Speed cameras to be installed along Doncaster accident blackspot
Installation of speed cameras along a Doncaster road which has been labelled an ‘accident blackspot’, is set to begin.
Doncaster Council secured funding to implement average speed cameras along the A635 Barnsley Road which run through the villages of Hickleton and Marr and work will start on February 15.
A number of cameras will be set up in the two villages and along the route which is aimed to keep traffic at the limit under an average speed which should come operational by March.
Dick Clark, chairman of the Hickleton Bypass Action Group, said there had been 17 ‘major traffic collisions’ and added that 13 have been at crossroads in the village along with numerous ‘bumps that don’t get reported’.
The £250,000 speed camera scheme is funded from Doncaster’s share of South Yorkshire’s Local Transport Plan funding and will be enforced by South Yorkshire Police.
The system works by recording vehicle number plates at the gateways to both villages and measuring the time it takes to travel between these points. This gives an accurate average speed for individual vehicles, which is used by the police to identify those exceeding the posted speed limits. It also works during the hours of darkness, to give full 24/7 coverage.
Doncaster Council, along with the Sheffield City Region and Barnsley Council, are continuing to pursue a bypass scheme.
Hickleton and Marr have some of the highest amounts of air pollution in the country, mainly due to the number of HGVs getting to warehouses in the Dearne Valley and the A1(M).
Doncaster mayor Ros Jones, said: “We are committed to improving road safety across the borough and this initiative on the A635 from Marr to Hickleton is a prime example of our investment into making Doncaster roads safer.
“We have listened to the concerns of residents to improve road safety and after carefully considering all the options, average speed cameras were seen as the most appropriate solution for tackling irresponsible motorists as they offer an immediate solution on site that are visible.
“An average speed system also creates smoother traffic flows by reducing the amount of slowing down and then accelerating by vehicles. This in turn helps reduce emissions and offers air quality benefits.”