Thursday, 9 April 2015

Coventry's Tollbar island catches thousands speeding

Tollbar Island with the junction of London Road
Tollbar island is best known for long delays - despite these delays average speed cameras positioned in roadworks caught out nearly 3,500 drivers last year

The cameras operate on a 40mph stretch of A45 between Tollbar and the Festival Island and are designed to protect contractors working on the £106million project.

The Highways Agency say work on the new underpass takes place around the clock.

The roadworks have been described as the worst in the country, with motorists experiencing long delays during the typical working week.

At the time a Highways Agency spokesman said: “We are committed to making sure disruption for the drivers who use the junction every day is kept to an absolute minimum and we plan roadworks very carefully.

“Wherever possible lanes are closed at quieter times and we do our best to keep lanes open while we work, avoiding the need to divert traffic.”

The minimum penalty for speeding is a £100 fine and three penalty points.

The figures come as fixed speed cameras in the region look set to make a comeback after 304 were controversially switched off a year ago.

Some motorists have posted on internet forums suggesting that the fixed speed camera on the Ryton side of the A45, close to Tollbar, is working again though.

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