Average speed cameras go live on A13

NEW average speed cameras on one of Newham’s busiest roads will go live tomorrow.

Transport bosses hope the devices will help cut the number of collisions on the A13 by up to a third.

A total of 84 cameras have been installed at 37 different locations between Canning Town and the Goresbrook Interchange.

They will monitor vehicles’ progress along the six-mile stretch and fixed penalty notices will be issued to any drivers whose average speed exceeds the limit.

The camera system - the first of its kind in the UK - will be switched on for the first time on Monday morning.

As part of a road safety review in the area, the speed limit east of the Canning Town flyover will be rasied to 50mph from 40.

The new cameras will replace the existing fixed and mobile safety cameras.

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David Brown, managing director of surface transport at Transport for London, said: “The upgraded safety camera system will help significantly reduce the number of collisions that occur along this stretch of road, resulting in fewer serious casualties and reduced collision-related traffic congestion in the local area.”

Between 2007 and 2009 there were 426 collisions on the stretch, resulting in two deaths and 37 serious injuries.