Number of drivers caught speeding on the A16 between Cowbit and Crowland falls by 50 per cent over 12-month period, new figures show
The number of drivers caught speeding on the A16 between Cowbit and Crowland has fallen by half over the past year, new figures show.
Nearly 4,200 drivers were either prosecuted, fined or went on speed awareness courses between January and June 2017 after speed cameras went live on the A16 in December 2016.
But new figures from Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership (LRSP)showed that just over 2,000 drivers were caught between January and June 2018.
The figures break down to a total of 343 drivers per month, 80 per week or 11 per day, compared to 23 per day, 161 per week and nearly 700 drivers a month for the same period last year.
Coun Nigel Pepper, Lincolnshire County Council member for Crowland, said: "The introduction of average speed cameras along the A16 has been extremely effective in ensuring that the vast majority of motorists now adhere to the speed limit.
"This, in turn, has resulted in fewer road traffic collisions as the cameras are clearly visible, having been painted yellow.
"There are also 'Average Speed Check' signs at the start of the zone and numerous repeater signs within the zone so thatno one has an excuse in getting caught for speeding."
The apparent success of the speed cameras has led to calls for the notorious A16/B1166 junction between Hull's Drove and James Road, Crowland, to be made safer after LRSP figures showed that between January 2011 and December 2017, 16 crashes had been recorded at the junction, two of these involving fatalities.
Coun Pepper said: "I still have concerns over the safety of the A16/B1166 junction and the increasing amount of traffic using James Road as a 'rat-run' to avoid the average speed cameras.
"Also of concern is an ever-increasing build-up of traffic, particularly during peak times at the roundabout on the A16 just south of Crowland.
"Coun Richard Davies, executive councillor for highways and transport at Lincolnshire County Council, was personally made aware of these specific problems when we visited the above locations together on November 30 and various options are currently being explored."
Crowland parish and district councillor Bryan Alcock said: "To see a reduction of this magnitude is a significant achievement in reducing excessive speed on the road and we should welcome it.
"However, an unintended consequence is a growing number of vehicles using James Road where it is known that no speed controls exist.
"An accident on the confusing junctions of the A16, even at 60mph, remains likely to be a serious one.
"The total revenue from prosecutions must be significant and one can only hope that it could be used to help fund replacing the junctions."
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