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40 MPH Limit on A1307 Huntingdon

Reported via desktop in the Sign issue category anonymously at 16:25, Wednesday 21 July 2021

Sent to Highways England less than a minute later

Dear Highways England - You kindly explained that the reason for the 40-mph limit on this section of the A1307 is that the central barrier needs upgrading for safety reasons, and that this is scheduled for March 2022. You also explained that your contractor will be amending the signage to explain that the 40-mph limit is 'for safety reasons'.

I seriously doubt that this will make any difference, drivers will still speed along this section because it has the appearance of a perfect section of dual carriageway.

Would it be possible to reinstate the average speed cameras along this section of road? I believe that this is the only thing that will make drivers slow down. (I passed long-term road works on the A14 near Bury St Edmunds recently that have mobile average speed cameras to enforce the 40-mph limit, and they work excellently)

Many thanks and regards.

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  • Personally I think 40mph is a little severe. A normal B rated road doesn't have central safety barriers and we can drive along those perfectly safely at 50mph. With two lanes and not much traffic, why the extreme caution? Just reduce the speed for the final 1/2 mile before the traffic lights into Huntingdon please.

    Posted anonymously at 16:28, Friday 23 July 2021

  • Thank you for contacting Highways England asking about reinstating average speed cameras along the 40mph speed limit section of the A1307

    First we’d like to apologise for the delay with our response. We’re currently experiencing a large volume of correspondence so our responses are taking longer than usual.

    We recognise that Average Speed Enforcement Cameras (ASECs) can be useful in enforcing speed limits along a route. However, we have no plans to install ASECs along this section of the A1307 because there is insufficient time to receive approval for them before the barriers are scheduled to be replaced. At this time, next March, the speed limit will return to 70mph.

    ASECs are only introduced where there is evidence of speed-related collisions spread out along a route. To install ASECs we would need to submit a business case for approval. This would involve firstly collecting, collating and analysing speed-related data. We’d also need to ensure we involved the police in our proposals. This, along with the other steps required to receive approval, takes time.

    Also, as we are already planning to remove the reason for the 40mph next March, it is highly unlikely that ASECs would be regarded as a good use for public funds as a temporary measure.

    Thank you again for your query.

    Kind Regards Highways England

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    Posted anonymously at 08:36, Thursday 26 August 2021

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