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Highways Agency not changing smart motorway speed camera plan

  • 03 February 2014
  • By Ashleigh Wight

The Highways Agency (HA) has confirmed that it is not changing the way it is using speed cameras on ‘smart’ motorways (formerly known as managed motorways), despite reports that less visible cameras will be used to enforce the speed limit.

Following reports in the national media that suggested the HA would be introducing less visible cameras on the M1, M6 and M25, the agency said the cameras will in fact be more noticeable to drivers.

The upgraded cameras will be placed at the side of the carriageway rather than their current location on overhead gantries. There will also be signs to advise drivers that they are in operation.

An HA spokesman said: “There are no plans for any other changes in the way cameras are used on our motorways.

“We already use cameras to help smooth traffic flow and improve journey times on smart motorways. All that is happening is that we are introducing new, more advanced cameras which do that better.”

Last month roads minister Robert Goodwill unveiled plans for the south west’s first smart motorway scheme on the M4 and M5.


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