The hundredth permanent SPECS installation by Jenoptik (formerly Vysionics) has gone live in Lancashire.
The company says the B6232 Grane Road SPECS scheme is operational between Junction 5 of the M65 near Belthorn through to the A56 at Haslingden, covering eight kilometres of rural road with a significant collision and casualty history.
“Highly conspicuous, passively safe columns supported by Average Speed Check signs have been used throughout the route to ensure that drivers are aware that their average speed is being monitored,” the company says in a statement. “In addition, unique VECTOR IR (Infra-Red) floodlighting provides clear night time images, even where there is no visible street lighting.”
Inspector Kevin Evans, Lancashire Constabulary said, “In the last 7 years two families have lost loved ones in accidents on this road, 13 people have been seriously injured a further 105 people have received minor injuries. This is why we have worked with the Road Safety Partnership to make sure motorists slow down and reduce the risk of death and injury and ensuring the speed limit is effectively enforced.”
Lancashire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Clive Grunshaw, added, “Evidence shows that speeding is a major factor in road deaths and serious collisions, with careless drivers putting their own lives and the lives of others at risk.
“These cameras on Grane Road will, like the others being placed across the county, make Lancashire’s roads safer, help to save lives and prevent further victims from receiving life changing injuries.”
The Lancashire Road Safety Partnership (LRSP) gave the go ahead for the scheme last year and in January announced the chosen routes in a bid to reduce road casualties and collisions. Under a single contract, eight individual routes are being addressed, covering over 45 kilometres of road, making this one of the most significant casualty reduction projects in the country.
Grane Road is the 100th UK permanent SPECS installation, but since the contract was awarded in January 2017, a further 20 new SPECS3 VECTOR sites have already been awarded to Jenoptik.