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The county’s approach to digitalise road safety cameras is set to be discussed by councillors.

Currently, the cameras use wet-film and need to be updated to digital technology in order for them to continue to be effective.

At the Highways and Community Infrastructure Committee next week (Tuesday 11 September), councillors will discuss proposals to update the safety cameras.

The recommendations, if agreed, will include the approach to digitalise the county’s safety cameras, start to procure the upgrade and approve the funding recommendation.

In March, councillors agreed for officers to look into the safety camera programme and as part of this, a review has been carried out on the existing camera location sites. This is to ensure the locations of the safety cameras are still relevant.

The majority of sites will be replaced with an upgraded digital version. There are two sites, in Cherry Hinton Road and on the A10 Brandon Creek, Littleport, which are recommended for removal. This is because Cherry Hinton Road is now 20mph and the Brandon Creek camera has been bagged for a number of years and is no longer necessary.

The remaining 12 sites will require further investigation due to some routes possibly suiting an average speed camera system over a longer distance and some that have a Greater Cambridge Partnership (GCP) project or other scheme in the area that could address the safety issues with or without the need for a camera.

Cambridgeshire County Council’s Chair of the Highways and Community Infrastructure Committee, Councillor Mathew Shuter said: “As a committee we’re mindful about the devastating consequences collisions can have on people’s lives and it is well known, by the road safety partnership, that cameras have had a significant effect in reducing the number of fatal and serious collisions caused by excessive speeding.

“It is necessary to upgrade the cameras and we suggested a review into the current locations and types of cameras at the same time.

“It’s great we can continue to work with our partners such as the police and Peterborough City Council to ensure everyone is committed to a solution.”

The cameras across Cambridgeshire were installed in response to a cluster of speed related collisions at or near to the location of the camera. There are currently 33 spot speed cameras, two red light cameras and one average speed camera system.

The cameras are operated in partnership with the police and Peterborough City Council. The aim, if approved, is to implement these changes next year.

The total cost to upgrade the existing wet-film cameras is expected to be between £500,000 and £600,000. The Police and Crime Commissioner will recommend to fund the replacement costs at his Business Coordination Board on 13 September.


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