Average Speed Cameras to be installed on South Devon Highway

South Devon Highway

Posted on: 12 September 2018

Devon County Council has agreed proposals to install Average Speed Cameras on the South Devon Highway.

The £285,000 scheme to reduce speeds on the A380 was unanimously backed by the County Council’s Cabinet today (Wednesday 12 September).

Local concern has been raised about speeding traffic on the South Devon Highway since the road opened in 2015. A scheme to locate cameras at four locations on the route to enforce the 50mph limit was referred to Cabinet after the Teignbridge Highways and Traffic Orders Committee had approved the principle of the camera installation at its meeting in July.

Councillor Stuart Hughes

Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council Cabinet Member for Highways Management, said: “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. Now that it’s been approved by Cabinet we can move forward and obtain and install the technology.”

Councillor Alistair Dewhirst

Councillor Alistair Dewhirst, Devon County Councillor for Ipplepen and The Kerswells, said: “The South Devon Link Road has affected the lives of hundreds of thousands of people in South Devon, and many for the better, but some people’s lives have been severely blighted by noise and pollution from the road. The road has a 50mph speed limit which everyone ignores, and we’ve had terrible accidents with people driving at inappropriate speeds. We have to do something about it and my residents welcome this.”

Councillor Gordon Hook

Councillor Gordon Hook, Devon 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.”

The average speed cameras were considered to be the most efficient way of enforcing the 50mph speed limit on the road in order to improve safety, while also tackling air and noise pollution. The cameras are expected to be installed by the end of the year.

The scheme is supported by the Devon and Cornwall Safety Camera Partnership, and Devon and Cornwall Police, who have stated that enforcement would be beneficial in reducing the traffic speeds on the new stretches of dual carriageway which opened in 2015.

2 comments on “Average Speed Cameras to be installed on South Devon Highway

  1. anon says:

    As a dual carriageway, motorists expect the this stretch of road to operate at National Speed limits. This was clearly how the road was originally intended, otherwise it would have been constructed as a single carriageway.

    Noise pollution is going to be the only thing tackled by enforcement of the speed limit, but slowing the speed of which a vehicle is travelling is not going to have any significant reduction in sound, especially if the vehicle is a noisy motor bike. Instead the noise pollution should be tackled by increasing tree growth along the route and surrounding fields. Or if noise from the road is significantly worse at night time – close the road at night!

    I am sure that people living along the A30 route which has a concrete surface would also appreciate a speed reduction and enforcement. Implementing the enforcement on the South Devon Link road will set a precedent for other roads to have a speed reduction too. For example, I can hear the M5 at night time, there would be public outcry to any plans to reduce the speed limit of the motor way.

    • Thank you for your comments and observations.
      Geographical and physical constraints mean The South Devon Highway is not suitable for a national speed limit. The safe speed limit is 50mph. We are introducing average speed cameras to improve safety and traffic flow on the road, as well as address the issue of noise and air pollution.
      It is common practice to have speed limits lower than the national speed limit for certain road layouts and roads in urban environments, even if they have more than one carriageway. For the safety of all road users, motorists should adhere to the speed limit for the road they are travelling on, and drive appropriately for their type of vehicle and the conditions.

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