New speed camera set for A27 site

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A new speed camera is to be introduced on the A27 to tackle the rise in collisions.

Sussex Safer Roads Partnership (SSRP) is looking to reduce the number of casualties, which has been increasing on the eastbound approach to the Ashcombe Roundabout near Lewes.

A27 Lewes bypass SUS-150316-154927001

A27 Lewes bypass SUS-150316-154927001

Despite already operating 95 mobile speed sites throughout Sussex, it was agreed by the partnership this new location was necessary to ensure the safety of road users travelling through the area.

From March 2014 to October 2015, there were ten collisions with “killed or seriously injured” (KSI) results, two of which were fatal.

As a number of the “slight” injuries occurred on the roundabout itself, the introduction of a mobile speed site will encourage compliance with the 50mph speed limit, slowing the traffic down and reducing collision severity actually at the roundabout and on the approach to it.

Enforcement warning signs have already been placed in the area since before Christmas to inform the motorists using this road that speed enforcement will be undertaken in the future.

The SSRP aims to be as transparent as possible in areas of enforcement, with the motivation to promote to motorists that it is there for their safety, not to generate revenue.

Eddie Preece, Safety Camera Team, said: “The collision data for the approach to the Ashcombe Roundabout highlights a need in behavioural change within the 50mph limit.

“The deployment of mobile camera technology fits well with the road dynamic, location and cost implications associated with speed management prior to the roundabout on the eastbound carriageway.

“This, and other information regarding site locations and data, can be accessed via the SSRP website.”

The mobile speed site will be in place from the end of January.

For all enquiries, please contact Ellie Treagust, communications officer for SSRP by emailing or calling 07471 027347.

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