Improved safety for Hockliffe’s A5 with the installation of four digital speed cameras

National Highways is set to step up safety on a busy section of the A5 via Hockliffe after confirming plans to install four digital average speed cameras in the village.

Work is expected to start early next year and be completed by late spring 2023. The cameras will cover the full extent of the existing 30mph speed limit across the village.

Martin Fellows, Regional Director of National Motorways, said: “Safety is the top priority for National Motorways, and this investment in the A5 via Hockliffe will help improve safety on this stretch of the strategic road network. The installation of the cameras will also go a long way in reducing the impact of poor speed enforcement for our customers who live next to the road. »

The A5 by Hockcliffe. Picture: Google.

National Highways gathered information from drivers, local residents, businesses and stakeholders to help shape what improvements could be made to the strategic highway network and bring the most benefit to everyone.

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Stephen O’Keeffe, Chief Inspector in Charge of Bedfordshire Roads Policing, said: ‘Speeding contributes significantly to collisions resulting in death or serious injury and it is absolutely responsible that drivers observe speed limits to ensure their safety and that of other road users. . I welcome this initiative by National Highways colleagues to complement the enforcement and education work being done by my team of police officers, who are active in the area in both marked and unmarked police vehicles.

Rob Scott, Chairman of Hockliffe Parish Council, said: “After many years of working in partnership with the National Highways, our MP, the Police, our Ward Councilor and local residents, the Parish Council is delighted to hear than the average speed if necessary the cameras have been given the green light.”

Andrew Selous, MP for South West Bedfordshire, said: “We all have a duty to obey the speed limit. Speeding is dangerous and causes death and serious injury and also causes misery to Hockliffe residents due to noise and vibration. These new average speed limits are very welcome and will make a big difference.

This project is one of 80 maintenance and improvement projects National Highways will complete in the region this year.

The A5 Hockliffe scheme is part of the National Highways’ £200million investment in maintaining and improving the main A roads and motorways in the east of England in 2022/23.

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