A24 speed cameras between Box Hill and Leatherhead catch 215 drivers in four months

November 8, 2018
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More than 200 drivers have been caught speeding on the A24 between Box Hill and Leatherhead since average speed cameras were installed in July.

The two sets of cameras were installed on July 2 between the Givons Grove Roundabout and the Burford Bridge Roundabout to replace the old Gatso speed camera.

According to data obtained from Surrey Police and the Safety Camera Partnership via the Freedom of Information Act, the cameras have caught 215 people speeding on the stretch between their installation and October 25.

Offending motorists were caught doing 63mph on average – 13mph above the 50mph speed limit.

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Of those 215 people who have been sent first notices, 42 have paid the £100 fine, with the other 173 still pending. The potential £21,500 in fixed penalties will go to HM Treasury and not necessarily back into local infrastructure.

The installation and apparent success of the cameras have been met with mixed opinion over whether they are improving safety, or simply making money.

Top of the Town Bikers group regularly meets at Ryka’s Cafe on Box Hill. The group’s leader Mark Scott, 46, said: “I don’t think it has made things safer because people who want to use that stretch will always find ways around it if they really want to, by doing things like covering their number plates or hedging off down a slip road.

An average speed camera heading towards Leatherhead just past Burford Bridge Roundabout
(Image: Grant Melton)

It’s definitely about revenue and it’s like most things – they don’t have the policing manpower that they used to so they’ve got to find a way to get revenue. It’s not going to stop the people who want to speed.”

Manager at Ryka’s Cafe, Mike Shepherd, 57, added: “I don’t think that this stretch was unsafe before. People are saying that they aren’t aware of any accidents and I haven’t heard of any on that stretch in the four summers I’ve worked here before they went in, so it just seems to be to slow people down.”

However district councillor for Dorking South and the Holmwoods, Stephen Cooksey, is in favour of the restrictions. He said: “It’s a safety measure and it’s very important because the fact that there have been so many caught, shows that the old restrictions were clearly being ignored before.

“In terms of reducing speed, they have been effective, but in terms of reducing accidents, we haven’t seen any findings to suggest that.”

Article source: https://www.getsurrey.co.uk/news/surrey-news/a24-speed-cameras-between-box-15382451


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