Greenwich Council have revealed the location of further cameras that will monitor roads and fine drivers who commit “moving traffic violations”.
By law cameras cannot issues fines for illegal parking in the vast majority of instances (except on bus lanes, cycle lanes with mandatory unbroken line and on Keep Clear markings outside schools), and income from fines is strictly limited to transport projects. The locations are:
- Peartree Way/A102 Blackwall Tunnel southern approach
- Plumstead Common Road/Bloomfield Road
- Plumstead High Street junction with Bannockburn Road
- Eltham High Street (Adjacent St John the Baptist Church)
- Plumstead Common Road junction with Burrage Road
- Tunnel Avenue (North Morden Wharf Road)
- Alnwick Road/Mottingham Lane
- Wricklemarsh Road/Rochester Way
- Thomas Street junction with Wellington Street
- Greenwich-Blackwall Lane/Telcon Way
- MacBean Street at junction with Beresford Street
- Plumstead Road – eastern bus lane
- Blackwall Lane junction with Salutation Road
- Plumstead High Street junction with Garribaldi Street
- Peartree Way junction A1020/A102
- Westcombe Hill junction with Vanbrugh Park Road
- Pettman Crescent junction with Nathan Way
- Rochester Way junction with Crookston Road
- Burrage Road junction with Spray Street
There’s some areas there that are pretty notorious for illegal and dangerous driving. For example, MacBean Street at the junction with Beresford Street has a no right turn sign when leaving MacBean Street. Many drivers ignore it and head at speed towards pedestrians crossing on a green light at another arm of the junction. I’ve had a few emails from residents about it. I took a look and sure enough around 80 per cent ignored the sign and drove towards crossing pedestrians. Every subsequent trip has seen exactly the same, and residents complaints have continued.
After many complaints Greenwich put up a new sign. It achieved next to nothing. Greenwich Council lacked CCTV powers at the time as it’s only very recently they agreed to use them, becoming the 30th out of 32 London boroughs to do so.
Now they have, it can finally be monitored and a real deterrent is in place.
The authority estimate £37 million in income from these new cameras in the next four years:
Where it will be spent remains a mystery. Just this morning I covered how Santander cycles is being expanded though Greenwich have still not agreed to fund their share in order to see docking stations.
Given this income is ringfenced to transport projects, it seems a possible candidate.
Other areas cameras can be used for enforcement include:
- driving in bus lanes
- stopping in yellow box junctions
- ignoring banned turns and no-entry signs
- driving the wrong way in one-way streets.
I’ve already read about “war on motorists” today despite Greenwich not using cameras for enforcement in the 18 years since it became possible, didn’t do so when the vast majority of councils adopted them and will now give a two week grace period. If many drivers didn’t continue to block bus lanes (see notorious areas such as Plumstead), park selfishly outside schools and ignore no-turn signs they wouldn’t be going in. Now they are, lets hope for some solid transport improvements.