Average Speed Cameras Announced for Aberdeen Bypass Project
The installation will begin tomorrow, Friday 22 April 2016. Once installed, the cameras will display a sign which reads ‘Cameras Under Test’. These signs will be removed as the system becomes operational.
The average speed cameras are expected to stay in place until the works are complete and the reduced temporary speed limit is removed from this section of the A90.
An AWPR/B-T project spokesperson said:
“Since the beginning of the year, road users will have seen a significant increase in works across the project. The 50mph speed limit, which was introduced in January this year, will remain unchanged and the introduction of the cameras will help to ensure that this is observed.
“To enhance the safety of road workers on the A90 between Blackdog and Balmedie, who are now working in close proximity to road users in this area, additional safety measures are necessary. The use of average speed cameras will also protect road users, where construction operations adjacent to or beneath the road are not always visible to them.
“In addition to the proven safety benefits of average speed cameras, their deployment in major road works schemes demonstrates their ability to improve traffic flow and journey time reliability.”
Aberdeen Roads Limited has been working closely with Transport Scotland, Aberdeenshire Council, Police Scotland and the North Safety Camera Unit over the use of average speed cameras in this area.
Police Scotland Inspector Jon Barron, from the Divisional Road Policing Unit said:
"Police Scotland is committed to making Scotland's roads safer and any initiative that furthers that aim is welcome.
"The collision history of the A90, together with its strategic importance to the north east, has resulted in it being a priority route for Police Scotland and it is patrolled on a daily basis.
"With the introduction of the cameras, I can reassure all road users that Police Scotland will continue to provide regular high visibility patrols on the A90, like it does on other similar routes in Scotland, to influence road user behaviour, encourage better driving and enforce legislation when required.”
When complete, the AWPR/B-T will help to reduce congestion, cut journey times, improve safety and lower pollution in Aberdeen City Centre. It will also enable local authorities to develop public transport solutions.
Over the next three decades, the AWPR/B-T is expected to bring in an additional £6 billion to the north-east economy and create around 14,000 new jobs. Around 1,500 are currently working on the project, including on-the-job training for apprentices and local employment opportunities for long-term unemployed people.
Further details on the AWPR/B-T project can be found on the website at http://www.transport.gov.scot/project/aberdeen-western-peripheral-route-balmedie-tipperty