New speed cameras in bid to cut A15 crashes

Average speed cameras like these first trialled near Grantham will be installed on the A15 between Sleaford and Lincoln. EMN-150622-191818001

Average speed cameras like these first trialled near Grantham will be installed on the A15 between Sleaford and Lincoln. EMN-150622-191818001

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A system of new average speed cameras is being installed along the A15 between Sleaford and Lincoln in a bid to reduce the high number of serious collisions on the road.

The 4km stretch of road between Tower Lane and Green Man Lane (between Navenby and Harmston) has seen new camera gantries erected and the whole system will cost Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership £100,000 to replace two old speed cameras which were due for a digital upgrade.

John Siddle, of the Road Safety Partnership, explained: “Despite having those cameras, and carrying out a number of other safety schemes on the junctions in the area in the last few years, collisions are still occurring. Our evidence shows that a large number of collisions in this area are speed related.”

He said drivers emerging from ‘rat run’ junctions between the A607 and A15, businesses and properties on that stretch can be caught out by traffic coming too fast. Based on the results of the only other average speed system installed in the county, on the A52 near Ropsley, he said engineers recommended such a system would be ideal for this location.

Mr Siddle said this was not a ‘cash cow’. “Historically we know that drivers like the the average speed systems and are more compliant, so less tickets and we catch less drivers, ” he added.

In the last five years the 8km stetch near Ropsley has seen an overall reduction in collisions of 55.6 per cent and no fatalities. In comparison the 4km stretch of the A15 has seen seven serious injuries and 54 slight injuries from 32 collisions.

He said the dramatic casualty reduction on the A52 has proved it was money well spent and hoped it would make the A15 safer too.