Cornwall: A38 Saltash cameras backed but speed limit branded ‘ridiculously slow’

New average speed cameras are expected to go live either side of the Saltash Tunnel sometime next month, but the 30mph speed limit has been called “ridiculously slow”.

The cameras are part of a range of measures which also include improved signage and road layouts, new lighting, and changes to speed limits – including the speed limit lowered from 70mph to 50mph from the Tunnel to the Carkeel roundabout and average speed cameras being installed to enforce the 30mph limit through the tunnel and on the B3271 and North Road diversion routes, says CornwallLive.

Action was prompted by higher than national average of collisions between the Trerulefoot and Carkeel roundabouts. Julian Mitchell, National Highways’ tunnel manager, previously told CornwallLive: “The speed reduction measures are much needed and we see the scheme as part of the overall programme.

“This section of the A38 sees a number of minor collisions as motorists try to reduce speed quickly on the approach to the tunnel and the Carkeel roundabout, and we are aware of vehicles exceeding the speed limit along the B3271 North Road diversion route when we close the tunnel.”

A spokesperson for National Highways said the speed limit was now “enforceable between the tunnel and Carkeel roundabout”, and that “the cameras will be going in over the next two weeks and will be calibrated by the end of May to early June”.

(Pic – National Highways)


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