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New A9 cameras cut speeding


Posted on Thursday February 5th, 2015


New A9 cameras cut speeding

New average speed cameras on the A9 between Dunblane and Inverness have led to a big drop in the number of cars caught speeding, and an improvement in ‘journey time reliability’.  Actual journey times, however, have increased by up to 17 minutes.

The A9 average speed camera system and 50mph HGV pilot went live on 28 October last year, and the first quarter (October-January) performance analysis is now available.  It coincides with the release by Police Scotland of the number of detections by the average speed cameras in this period.

Key findings include:

  • The camera system detected 298 vehicles exceeding the speed limit which warranted further action, or fewer than four per day.
  • Overall speeding was down from around one in three drivers to one in twenty.
  • Examples of excessive speeding (10 mph+ above limit) were down by 97%.
  • Journey times have increased by up to 17 minutes.
  • Journey time reliability has improved.
  • There is no evidence that drivers are avoiding the A9.
  • Feedback from hauliers suggests a significant reduction in journey times for HGVs.

“This is an encouraging start,” said Chief Superintendent Iain Murray, Head of Road Policing at Police Scotland.  “In the first three months of operation we have seen a more than eight-fold decrease in the number of people caught speeding compared with the same time last year when there were 2,493 offences recorded.”

Michael McDonnell, the Director of Road Safety Scotland, added:  “It’s important to stress that the cameras aren’t happening in isolation.  They are just one part of a package of measures to make the A9 safer, such as engineering improvements, improved lighting and signing, and targeted publicity campaigns.  There has been a slight increase in journey times, although some of this can be explained by roadworks and some of the recent severe weather that we’ve seen.”

Road Haulage Association members have reported that the flow of traffic is much improved and that journey times can, if anything, be slightly shorter.  Recently, said the RHA’s Martin Reid, “one of our members carried out an experiment by driving the A9 the day before the speed trial began then replicating the journey after the trial started.  Journey times from Perth to Inverness and back were reduced substantially at 50mph, even with the addition of the speed cameras - with only an additional 0.5 litre of diesel used. The journey was also less stressful because there was a marked reduction in the need for any vehicle to overtake.”


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