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Confirmed: Average speed cameras on A2 and A102 in Bexley and Greenwich go live next month

PUBLISHED: 12:29 20 February 2017 | UPDATED: 12:29 20 February 2017

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Cameras will replace existing fixed point speed traps

Motorists will be forced to slow down over lengthy distances on some of the borough’s busiest roads after it waas confirmed new average speed check cameras were to go live in March.

The cameras, which will run on the A2 and A102 in Greenwich and Bexley, monitor average speed over a distance rather than at fixed points.

This week Transport for London (TfL) confirmed they will go live on March 1 to “improve safety, driver behaviour and air quality”.

The new camera system replaces older fixed speed cameras along the A2 and A102 between the Blackwall Tunnel Approach and Dartford Heath where the speed limit is 50mph.

Average speed cameras are already in use on motorways across the UK, as well as in London on the A40, A316, A406 and A13. The cameras are located at entry and exit points along this section of the A2 and A102.

TfL believes the new cameras will reduce road casualties as well as improving air quality and speed compliance across a wider area as a smoother driving style reduces heavy braking and inefficient speed changes.

Ben Plowden, director of surface strategy and planning at TfL, said: “We are strongly committed to reducing danger on London’s streets, especially that caused by drivers exceeding the speed limit. Ensuring all drivers are acting responsibly is vitally important and we’re using the latest technology available with these Average Speed Cameras to do so. Improving speed compliance along a more extensive length of road, rather than just where a camera is located, can make a big difference in cutting the number of tragic unacceptable collisions, saving more lives and improving air quality.”

The cameras work by using automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) to record a vehicle and calculate its average speed between two points.

TfL is using roadside message signs to alert drivers to the new system. Drivers found exceeding the 50 mph speed limit over the distance will be issued with a notice from the Metropolitan Police. TfL has also worked closely with the relevant borough councils, including Bexley and Greenwich, to install the new camera system.

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