Average speed camera on Doncaster Road “not something we are currently looking at” say Barnsley Council – but issue to be discussed with police

Barnsley Council’s network manager says there are no plans to introduce average speed cameras on Doncaster Road – but he will discuss the issue with South Yorkshire Police.

Wednesday, 1st June 2022, 8:00 am
Updated Wednesday, 1st June 2022, 2:47 pm

Councillor Kevin Osborne, Labour member for Darfield told yesterday’s (May 31) overview and scrutiny meeting that statistically, average speed cameras generate fewer speeding fixed penalty notices than mobile speed cameras and fixed speed cameras.

“Just across the border in Doncaster, we now have the residents of Hickleton and Marr enjoying the pleasures of a … reduced accident area of road because of the introduction of average speed camera,” added Coun Osborne.

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Doncaster Road

“Has Barnsley Council got any more average speed areas coming up – in particular that lovely long stretch of road that goes from Stairfoot, all the way through to Darfield…..and the A1?”

Damon Brown, network manager at Barnsley Council told the meeting: “The short answer is no, that’s not something we’re currently looking at.

“Average speed cameras are very effective, as I’m sure colleagues from South Yorkshire Police will confirm, but they’re also very very expensive to install.

“Stairfoot to Ardsley Hill – it doesn’t have the accident data that would justify that kind of intervention.

“The work that has been done in Doncaster is definitely very effective – I’d have to discuss that with colleagues from South Yorkshire Police to see how we could introduce something like that.”

SAGA’s (Speed Awareness Group Ardsley) next meeting at Oaks Working Mens Club on Doncaster Road will take place on June 14 at 7pm.