Bedford’s average speed camera network to expand

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More average speed camera sites have been announced in an effort to tackle dangerous driving in areas where local communities have called for them.

And despite what many may think, the money from fines generated by speeding tickets does not benefit the local authority as it’s kept by central government.

The three sites where the cameras will be installed within the next financial year (2019/20) are:

  • Polhill Avenue
  • Putnoe Lane
  • Needwood Road
  • Woburn Road, Kempston
  • Carlton
  • Pavenham
  • Clapham

In 2012 Bedford Borough was the first place in the country to introduce the more effective average speed cameras on local roads, the first being placed in Milton Ernest.

Now, as part of budget proposals published this week, further locations have been announced in an effort to improve public safety at speeding hotspots.

Mayor Dave Hodgson said: “Residents in communities were across the borough tell me that action on speeding is a clear priority for them, so it’s a clear priority for me. That’s why we made Bedford Borough the first place in the country to install the more effective average speed cameras on local roads, and it’s why I’m announcing a further expansion of this popular programme today.

“We could do even more if central government returned some of the fines to the local area for the benefit of local road users. But this new batch of sites will mean another five communities benefit from improved road safety and quite simply a better quality of life for local residents.”