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Siemens rolls out average speed enforcement to capital

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Traffic management specialist Siemens has recently completed the deployment of what is thought to be the UK’s largest and busiest permanent average speed enforcement system across London.

The company’s SafeZone system operates with more than 120 Sicore automatic number plate recognition cameras at 80 sites on various key arterial corridors around the Capital. These include the A40, A406, A2 and A316.

The deployment is part of a large scale upgrade and expansion of enforcement capabilities to support Transport for London’s ‘Vision Zero’ approach to road safety.

“We are strongly committed to reducing danger on London’s streets, especially that caused by drivers exceeding the speed limit,” said TfL’s head of strategy and outcome planning Lilli Matson. “Ensuring all drivers act responsibly is vitally important and we’re using the latest average speed camera technology, developed by Siemens, to do so.”

She added: “Ensuring speed compliance along a more extensive length of road, rather than just where a camera is located, can make a big difference in cutting the number of tragic unacceptable collisions, saving more lives and improving air quality.”

Siemens’ head of enforcement solutions Luke Normington commented: “The collaboration between TfL and Siemens in the design phase of the project was important to its success, ensuring the system was deployed efficiently and safely, with minimal impact to the road users.”

This means that often installation and commissioning of the technology was carried out at night to minimise congestion impacts.

“The design also considered the maintenance and operation requirements, where Siemens holds the 10 year maintenance contract for the system, to ensure it continues to operate with the highest levels of availability 24/7/365” he added.