Woburn Road in Kempston highlighted as December speeding hotspot

Average Speed Camera Sign

Woburn Road in Kempston was the Borough’s speeding ticket hot-spot in December, with 85 motorists caught exceeding 40mph.

They were among 1,193 tickets issued by the Police to people caught speeding by Bedford Borough Council’s average speed cameras in December 2020.

Two of the Woburn Road offenders were caught doing over 50mph in this 30mph zone.

Drivers caught by these cameras are either fined £100 and have three points added to their licence (unless given the option to attend a speed awareness course), or may be ordered to go to court.

Throughout 2020 over 2,500 vehicles were caught speeding by the Speedwatch van.

Mayor Dave Hodgson said: “The Council receives no income from average speed cameras- it all goes to the Government – yet each set costs us around £85,000 to install, with ongoing maintenance costs.

“I know how popular these cameras are, in areas across the Borough where speeding traffic is a major problem and a real safety concern for local residents.

“We have a waiting list of over 70 locations for average speed cameras, requested by councillors, parish councils and local communities.”

Mayor Dave has written to the Minister to request that fines from each set of average speed cameras are returned to the local authority, until the cost of installation is covered.

He has said that the money would be protected, enabling the council to reinvest it in measures to reduce speeds and make the Borough’s roads safer.

Cllr Sue Oliver, Chair of the Environment and Sustainable Communities Overview and Scrutiny Committee said: “Average speed cameras are proven to be effective in changing the behaviour of inconsiderate and dangerous drivers.

“Residents are keen to see more of them placed in speeding hotspots around the Borough.

“It is unfair that the Council bears the cost of purchasing and installing the cameras yet the Government pockets the fines which are generated instead of allowing us to reinvest the money in further local traffic calming schemes.”

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