Speed cameras 'in the wrong place'Highways Agency has admitted blunder

01 February 2008

A blunder has meant that 'yellow vulture' speed cameras set up on a Hampshire motorway cannot be used because they have been put in the wrong place, the Highways Agency admitted.

The Specs cameras, which measure the average speed of traffic, have been installed on the M27, between Fareham and Portsmouth, to control a 50mph speed limit during road widening works due to last nine months.

A week after the cameras were put up, the Highways Agency said they cannot be used on the eastbound carriageway because there is a camera missing to monitor traffic coming on to the motorway at junction 11.

Additional camera

Roger Jones, Highways Agency spokesman, said: 'The eastbound carriageway is being monitored by police until we have the additional camera in place.

'We weren't picking up the traffic coming from junction 11 for Fareham and Gosport.

'Another camera is ordered and we are expecting it to arrive fairly soon. Then it has to be tested before it is operational.

'We are asking drivers to mind the 50mph speed limit and keep to that speed limit.'

Specs cameras

He added that the cameras on the westbound carriageway were in operation.

The Specs cameras, nicknamed 'yellow vultures' because of their position overlooking the road and their colour, use automatic number plate recognition technology to track a vehicle between two points and work out its average speed.

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