Calls for A3 speed cameras through Guildford after 90 collisions in four years

December 31, 2014
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An accident-prone stretch of the A3 is in desperate need of a speed camera according to campaigners in Guildford.

The Guildford Liberal Democrat group has launched a petition calling on the Highways Agency to introduce speed cameras along the stretch of the road from the Burpham interchange to the A31.

The number of crashes on the road through Guildford totals more than 90 in the last four years – without taking into account those not reported to the police.

Between £100m and £250m has been set aside by the government for road improvements, most likely after 2021, but the Liberal Democrats argue that action is need now.

Parliamentary candidate Kelly-Marie Blundell said: “I am deeply saddened by the number of deaths we have seen on the A3 in recent years. And it is true to say the congestion and high numbers of collisions have increased. We must do something swiftly to tackle the problem.

“While there is hope of improvements in the next 10 years paid for by the extra government money, the problems for people driving through Guildford are happening now.”

The campaigners say that the 50mph limit is regularly ignored by motorists and the junctions without slip roads make this all the more dangerous for all road users.

Surrey county councillor Fiona White, whose division covers Westborough and part of Onslow, helped launch the campaign.

She said: “Every time there is an incident on the A3, local roads are jammed and residents spend extra time sitting in traffic trying to do a short journey.

“Speed cameras and safety signs may not solve all the problems but they will remind drivers to take more care through this stretch of the motorway.”

At the end of November, the government announced funding for the A3 and the M25 to help alleviate congestion in key problems areas such as the Wisley interchange and the Painshill interchange.

Also proposed is a widening of the A3 through Guildford to the A31 Hog’s Back – including ‘improvements to junction safety’ – with construction expected to start from 2021.

In the past six months alone, a vehicle overturned near Guildford, a young man died in a car crash, and a 24-year died in a moped crash.

In June, a study by the Institute of Advanced Motorists revealed that some drivers were travelling at speeds of 120mph.

At the time, head of roads policing in Surrey Inspector Richard Mallett, said speed cameras were the only practical option available for policing speed limits on a road like the A3.

Article source: http://www.getsurrey.co.uk/news/surrey-news/calls-a3-speed-cameras-through-8364459


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