Blackburn with Darwen Council has installed a CCTV camera system from Videalert to tackle dangerous parking at a key route into the town.
Cameras have been installed on the A678 at Copy Nook on the Furthergate Link Road, a route that has been widened under the Pennine Reach Scheme to improve the flow of traffic buses between Hyndburn, Blackburn and Darwen. The cameras have been sited on the red route which was introduced in September 2017, to enforce ‘no stopping or loading’ in the designated area. This is the first time that these powers have been used outside London, Birmingham and Edinburgh.
Cllr Phil Riley, Executive Member for Regeneration, said, “We are optimistic that the enforcement of these powers will deter the dangerous parking and driving behaviours that have plagued this new road since it was opened. The Council wants to ensure the road is safe for everyone to use and has invested in the cameras to send out a clear message to those thinking they can flout the rules. We will take action against those who choose to ignore the rules and put people’s safety at risk by parking irresponsibly.”
Videalert says its platform will deliver this enforcement at a significantly lower infrastructure and communications cost than other solutions as it uses a single lamp post-mounted processor equipped with a single 4G SIM to support up to four cameras simultaneously. The cameras will monitor and enforce the full extent of parking and potential moving traffic contraventions on this red route.
Tim Daniels, Sales and Marketing Director at Videalert commented, “This successful deployment further strengthens the case to change legislation and allow councils across the UK to enforce moving traffic contraventions in areas other than red routes. With police resources nationally at an all-time low, the time is right for the government to make this change.”