Average speed installation delivers safety success in north London

The company behind an average speed camera solution in north London says it has delivered safer speeds and smoother traffic flows in the area since its installation in April.

The Jenoptik SPECS network was delivered on the A10 in Enfield after problems with late-night races along the road by people often using modified high performance vehicles.  Despite the 40 mph limit, these gatherings led to fast driving which was noisy and caused local residents to complain they were scared.

Police had been undertaking high-profile patrols, catching several of drivers and reducing the number of crashes in the area, but it was found to be very labour-intensive.  Therefore, in January this year, Transport for London decided to introduce the 18-camera average speed system, which was installed in six weeks up to the beginning of April.

“The SPECS installation on the A10 has allowed the benefits of a visible policing presence to be delivered 24/7 along the entire monitored route,” explained Jenoptik Director Geoff Collins.  “This includes the known positive outcomes of a well-designed Average Speed Camera solution, delivering safer speeds and smoother traffic flows.”

Collins explained that the solution was delivered so quickly because of an innovation in camera installation.  Instead of having to install specific poles to site them, existing lighting columns were used (pictured).  “This not only saved time, but was far more cost-effective for our customer too,” he added.

The project was procured using the Crown Commercial Service’s Traffic Management Technology 2 (TMT2) framework, of which Jenoptik are an approved supplier.

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