Speed cameras being installed on the South Devon Highway

South Devon Highway

Posted on: 22 January 2019

Work to install average speed cameras on the A380 South Devon Highway has started this week.

The cameras are being installed on the A380, between the Penn Inn flyover and Hamelin Way, Torquay, to reduce traffic speeds.

The majority of work will be carried out overnight from 7:30pm to 6am using lane closures. However, there will be occasions when the road will need to be fully closed overnight from 8pm to 6am to enable work to be carried out on the camera gantries. Full overnight closures will be signed in advance, with the first one scheduled for the week commencing Monday 11 February. A diversion will be in place via the A381 and A385 through Newton Abbot and Totnes.

Devon and Cornwall Police and Devon County Council agreed the introduction of average speed cameras following concerns raised about the potential for serious injury collisions due to the speed of traffic since the road opened in 2015. Although the road has been engineered to current standards, the speed limit was reduced to cater for alignment issues raised due to the topography of the route.

As part of the project, speed limit repeater signs are being increased in size. Safety camera warning signs will also be provided to make road users aware of the cameras and the need to comply with the speed limit.

Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council Cabinet Member for Highway Management, said:

“It’s great to see this work underway. I had tasked our officers to look at speed enforcement on the South Devon Link Road and it has been considered several times by the Teignbridge HATOC in order to address the concern of local residents. Not only does speeding traffic put other road users at risk but it also creates noise during unsocial hours. Mobile enforcement was considered but would require hardstanding laybys, and the preference was for average speed camera technology.

Councillor Alistair Dewhirst, County Councillor for Ipplepen and The Kerswells, said:

“This great news will be welcomed by all residents in Kingskerswell who will be able to enjoy a quieter, less polluted life. The stress of the journey through Kingskerswell will be lessened for all drivers on this fine new road – anyone who has used the A380 recently will be aware of the spate of accidents and I am sure that this will contribute to a safer, quieter and less polluting driving experience.”

Councillor Gordon Hook, County Councillor for Newton Abbot South, said:

“It’s absolutely right that we should go down this path and the sooner the better. But we also need other measures with better signage starting sooner, and there could also be more tree planting to reduce the noise from the road. It will bring some relief to those people who are suffering.”

A recent safety audit identified that speeds approaching Penn Inn were high and there had been a number of collisions in the area. As a result of the audit, the 50mph speed limit will also be moved approximately 500 metres north on Besigheim Way.

Speed limits are also being amended on Torquay Road, at the junction with Aller Brake Road, in order to make the speed limit more consistent for drivers.

Work on the scheme is expected to be completed by the end of February.

7 comments on “Speed cameras being installed on the South Devon Highway

  1. Nic Szeremeta says:

    Here is a cool idea….find out a) how much this scheme has cost to instal b) how much it will cost to run c) how many fatal accidents have occurred on this stretch since it opened d) how many serious injury accidents have occurred during the same period.

    I have noted that advocates of this scheme have referred to “potential ” accidents. All a bit like Minority Report.

  2. Ian Cox says:

    Since the work to install average speed cameras began (sometime in January 2019) everyone is now travelling between Newton Abbot and Torquay at between 40 and 50 mph, mostly in the inside lane, leaving the overtaking lane superfluous to requirements. (You feel awkward driving in the overtaking lane knowing that the driver in the inside lane can just speed up from 45 mph to 50 mph to prove a point). Can we use it for something else? I suggest a linear picnic area or maybe flowerbeds/allotments, otherwise it’s a waste of public money.

  3. Tim C says:

    I don’t mind the cameras (like the ones on Splatford Split) providing the road has been set to the correct limit and 50 is too slow for this road. If we had wanted a 50mph road we would have campaigned for a single carriage way between both key points and saved a fortune on the dual carriage way – which was always supposed to be a 70mph dual carriage way…

    • Michael Hockaday says:

      If you consulted me, I would advise that 50mph would be a far more sensible speed for the whole Splatford Split area due to lane nativagtion issues and the dangers of travelling at high speed in these areas.

      I would say if people are feeling uncomfortable at that speed then that is a historically psychological issue of getting used to travelling at 70mph on dual carriageways.

      50mph is the correct speed for this road for advertised aims of what they were trying to achieve. Reduced emissions and reduced road noise for residents.

    • Tim C says:

      I’d say if you are uncomfortable at travelling at 70mph on that section you should give up driving and hand in your licence.

      As long as you don’t stupidly cut in at the last minute and get into lanes early it’s perfectly safe (follow the driving rules, standards and guidelines for instance).

      70mph should be the speed for dual carriageways with a separated lane system and has been more than safe for years. The issue for the link road is the failure in the delivery of the road to apparently be suitable to bring it up to the speed required. The promises were very different from what has been delivered

      50mph is absolutely NOT the right speed for the link road. – A comfortable (and more efficient environmental speed) is 60mph for the link road. The better and again more environmentally friendly way for noise and pollution reduction is to better plant all of the edges – More trees, shrubs etc would confer all adverse issues of the noise allow for the faster speed and increase the air quality – At the moment most of that side are is wasted space.

  4. Tim C says:

    “Although the road has been engineered to current standards, the speed limit was reduced to cater for alignment issues raised due to the topography of the route”

    So basically it hasn’t been built properly … otherwise it would be able to have a much more realistic limit!

    Although I agree not 70, this road should be a 60 limit minimum. The current 50 limit is far too slow and is the cause of a number of the near misses by Penn Inn where frequently traffic going over the poorly designed single lane bridge is slower than 40!

  5. Michael Hockaday says:

    A plus vote from me on this issue.

    I only use this road a handful of times throughout the year, but when you slow to 50mph, you are made to feel intimidated by other motorists who career right up behind you then swerve out (it seems just to make a point).

    Average speed technology is the best solution in the long-term for most speeding issues and I welcome it here as there is no escape from 24/7 enforcement.

    Thank you

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