Essex: Funding pledge for average speed cameras on A12 at Kelvedon

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014
7:00 PM

Average speed cameras will be introduced on two stretches of the A12 within nine months.

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The government announced yesterday a £36bn investment package for infrastructure schemes across the UK.

Included in the list of projects with agreed funding is a traffic management scheme on the A12 at Kelvedon.

Average speed cameras will be installed between Rivenhall End and Easthorpe to encourage traffic to stick to the 70mph limit.

The aim of the scheme, which will cost approximately £983,000 to install, is to cut the number of accidents caused by speed and keep traffic flowing steadily in a bid to reduce congestion.

Work by the Highways Agency on the Pinch Point Programme project is set to begin in November and be completed by January next year, weather permitting.

Priti Patel, MP for Witham, said: “Essex is an engine of economic growth and the investment in the A12 at Kelvedon will help to alleviate traffic and congestion as well as improve safety.

“Our entire road network was ignored by the last Labour government and today’s announcement is good news and shows that Conservatives in government are listening to the people of Essex.

“I will continue to campaign with local communities, businesses and the county council to secure more upgrades to our road network.”

A second, similar, scheme for the A12 between the Essex border and Capel St Mary at Hughes Corner was also given financial backing in the Treasury announcement.

The £843,000 scheme will be installed between September and November this year between the Stratford St Mary and Dedham junction at the B1029 and at Holton St Mary at the B1027.

Yesterday prime minister David Cameron and chancellor George Osborne welcomed the total £36bn investment of public, private and combined funding for projects across the UK.

It is estimated the funding will support more than 150,000 construction jobs nationally.

Mr Cameron said: “Ensuring Britain has first class infrastructure is a crucial part of our long term economic plan: supporting business, creating jobs and providing a better future for hardworking people.

“As a crucial part of our long-term economic plan, this Government is backing business with better infrastructure so that more jobs and opportunities are created for hardworking people, meaning more financial security and peace of mind for families.”

Other Essex schemes to benefit from the Pinch Point Programme include a £1.5m Essex County Council scheme to widen Parkway at the Army and Navy roundabout, boosted by a £1.1m contribution from the Department for Transport.

8 comments

  • The real safety problems for the CapelEssex border scheme are not being addressed, namely the dangerous junctions onto the A12, at Dedham and the B1070 at East Bergholt. With increasing traffic over the years it has become more difficult to get safely onto the A12. The use of average speed cameras on these stretches will result in unbroken continuous lines of traffic, thereby making it yet more difficult to enter via the extremely short merge lanes. No doubt this new camera scheme was dreamt up by some bureaucrat with no local knowledge, and with the instructions from above to spend the money in that way or lose it.

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    Steven Whalley

    Wednesday, April 23, 2014

  • I find these dangerous. Rather than concentrating on the traffic out on the road, ones eye is constantly drawn to the speedo and where the next camera is for the fear one may be doing 53 between one and the next and not the required 50.

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    Sentinel Red

    Wednesday, April 23, 2014

  • The cash cow claim is absurd. There is a very easy way to avoid this scheme ever raising a penny! I however as a taxpayer have to shell out another million just to stop criminal drivers breaking the law.

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    IanW

    Wednesday, April 23, 2014

  • Although, in theory, no one can argue agains drivers being made to stick to the speed limit, surely the scheme already in place on the A14 through Cambridgeshire proves that average speed cameras increase congestion considerably. This is the last thing that the A12 needs as it is already horribly congested. Great idea government, why not put all the money that will be spent on the average speed cameras into improvements to the road which is shockingly bad?

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    Emmy Lou

    Wednesday, April 23, 2014

  • All well and good to install another cash cow...The motorist we all know is an easy touch to take money from....BUT first priority should be to make sure that the road surface is safe to use at 70 mph. In December just gone at 6am whilst changing from lane 2 to 1 my front tyre dropped into a huge hole and punctured. The Highways Agency refused to entertain a claim stating that the road had been inspected and no safety hazards had been found. I was able to show that the safety inspections had been carried out at speeds in excess of 80mph. They decided to pay my claim!!! in the morning

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    waspie

    Wednesday, April 23, 2014

  • As evidenced repeatedly by the comments section, some people really shouldn't be trusted with a ton of metal and an accelerator. TBH its about time cars were speed limited to whatever road its on, easily done and we wouldn't then need to spend so much public money trying to manage careless and irresponsible drivers.

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    IanW

    Tuesday, April 22, 2014

  • Improvement needed for the A12 is a third lane not another cash cow scheme which will cause more problems with lorries all sitting at 50mph and cars all piling up behind. Most mornings I'd be happy if I could get to 40mph through that bit.

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    ran 528

    Tuesday, April 22, 2014

  • Well done you have caused a nightmare. You will have the drivers who will stick to 50mph the whole way through causing all crashes around there. The other drivers will do 70mph and wont realise the SLOW COACHES making sure they don't go over 51mph

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    rescue125

    Tuesday, April 22, 2014

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