Jenoptik hails Greater Manchester’s investment in average speed camera deployment

Enforcement and ANPR camera technology provider Jenoptik is hailing a new contract in Greater Manchester as “taking considerable action to upgrade road safety measures”.

Transport for Greater Manchester has appointed the company to deliver average speed routes as part of an upgrade of its enforcement technology.  In a separate contract, Jenoptik is upgrading 90 spot speed cameras.

The TfGM project’s second phase will see the introduction of 25 average speed routes to replace existing speed cameras and enforce speeding over a larger area, alongside the removal of 53 existing speed camera locations.

Tobias Deubel, Head of Jenoptik’s Smart Mobility Solutions division, said: ”Transport for Greater Manchester is taking considerable action to upgrade its road safety measures to get closer to Vision Zero. We are proud to be part of it by providing technology and services for spot speed and average speed measurement.”

“Independent analysis of statistics on roads with average speed cameras show that the technology has contributed to casualty reduction by halving the number of crashes, where someone was either killed or seriously injured,” added Jenoptik UK Director John Piper.

This project, and the upgrade to spot speed cameras in the region, is funded through the Mayor’s Challenge Fund to encourage better driver behaviour by creating a better network of modern safety cameras, which will help to maintain the benefits of existing locations, and contribute towards reductions in speeding and collisions.

The analysis of average speed enforcement effectiveness was carried out by independent transport safety and road user behaviour consultancy Agilysis. It looked at 194 UK sites where Jenoptik’s SPECS average speed cameras have been installed as a permanent measure.  Of these, 120 sites had at least 12 months’ worth of post installation data, with analysis demonstrating a statistically significant reduction on fatal and serious collisions.  Comparing accident data before and after the installation shows that Fatal and Serious Collisions reduced by 50% on those stretches of road; annualised figures fell from 259 before SPECS average speed schemes were introduced to 129 afterwards.

Dame Sarah Storey, Greater Manchester’s Active Travel Commissioner, said the cameras will “play a vital role in helping us realise our Vision Zero ambitions,” while Superintendent Gareth Parkin from Greater Manchester Police’s Specialist Operation called them “a fantastic improvement on road safety measures for all who live, work and visit the area.”

(Picture – Jenoptik)


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