Average Speed Cameras confirmed for A90 at Charleston

The Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route/Balmedie to Tipperty (AWPR/B-T)‎ project contractor, Aberdeen Roads Limited, is to install average speed safety cameras on the A90 at Charleston to enhance the safety of construction workers and road users.


The installation of the cameras will begin during the week of Monday 28 November. Once installed, the cameras will undergo a commissioning process during which  signs which read 'Cameras Under Test' will be displayed. These signs will be ‎removed when the system becomes operational.


The average speed cameras are expected to stay in place until the works at Charleston are complete and the reduced temporary speed limit is removed from this section of the A90.


A Transport Scotland spokesperson said:


"These cameras will augment the existing  average speed cameras on the A90 between Blackdog and Balmedie, which have been operational since July 2016. Like the Blackdog to Balmedie route, which saw works increase significantly over summer, the works at Charleston ‎took a step forward earlier this month. A number of traffic management measures were implemented to keep traffic moving at this location while works are underway, including a 50mph speed restriction. 


"However, to enhance the safety of road workers on the A90 at Charleston 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 use in major road works projects demonstrates their ability to improve traffic flow and journey time reliability."


We would ask road users to continue to drive with more caution than usual, as they get accustomed to the recent changes to the new road layout.


Aberdeen Roads Limited has been working closely with Transport Scotland, Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire Councils, Police Scotland and the North Safety Camera Unit over the use of average speed cameras in this area.


When complete, the AWPR/B-T will help to reduce congestion, cut journey times and improve safety. 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.


Further details on the project can be found at www.transport.gov.scot/project/aberdeen-western-peripheral-route-balmedie-tipperty

Published 25 Nov 2016