Speed cameras on Kenley stretch of A22

Plenary on 2003-06-11
Session date: 
June 11, 2003
Question By: 
Andrew Pelling
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
Bob Kiley, Tim O'Toole


During a meeting between the Mayor, TfL, concerned residents and myself on 6 November 2002 to discuss implementation of the proposed A22 Godstone Road red route, a representative of TfL confirmed verbally that TfL would install two speed cameras on the Kenley stretch of the A22: one to be situated near Kenley police station and the other on the borders between Whyteleafe and Kenley. The Mayor also verbally confirmed this decision at the same meeting. The reason for such an installation is that traffic tends to travel along this stretch of the A22 at speeds in excess of 50mph although the road has a speed limit of 30mph. To date, no speed cameras have been installed at these locations. Could you confirm when you expect such installation to take place? .


Answer for Speed cameras on Kenley stretch of A22

Answer for Speed cameras on Kenley stretch of A22

Answered By: 
Bob Kiley, Tim O'Toole

The casualty history for Godstone Road has now been fully investigated and of the three crashes that have resulted in serious injury in the last three years, only one was reported as speed related. The criteria under which safety cameras are introduced requires at least 4 serious injury collisions where speed is the primary factor over the previous 3 years, before a camera would normally be justified.

The figures at Godstone Road therefore indicate that a safety camera might not be the most effective way to reduce speed and casualties.

Recent research has reported good reductions in speed following the installation of speed activated signs (DfT Traffic Advisory Leaflet 1/03 " Vehicle Actuated Signs). These illuminate when passing drivers exceed a threshold speed and have been shown to reduce average speeds by up to 10mph in some situations. We believe such signs have the potential to improve safety in London and Godstone Road looks a good trial site. We are therefore proposing to install speed activated signs, rather than speed cameras in Godstone Road in order to improve driver behaviour by the end of the year.

Increasing the number of effective available measures is vital for improving road safety in London. The findings from this trial site could therefore have significant implications for road safety and could be the fore-runner for subsequent installations. .