Bye, bye bollards as Cambridge gets new traffic cameras

PUBLISHED: 17:02 18 November 2016 | UPDATED: 17:02 18 November 2016

Caneras will replace the bollards at three city locations.

Caneras will replace the bollards at three city locations.

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It’s goodbye to the bollards as a congestion tackling scheme in the centre of Cambridge goes high-tech.

From today (Friday), the rising bollards at Regent Street, Emmanuel Street and Bridge Street will be replaced with new cameras and warning signs.

The bollards have been in place since 1992, introduced by Cambridgeshire County Council to reduce congestion and pollution by only allowing access to public transport, bikes and authorised vehicles.

But the bollards are being removed and any unauthorised vehicles crossing the points will have their registration numbers caught on camera and the drivers will be fined.

Richard Lumley, head of highways services for the county council, said: “Encouraging the use of public transport, cycling and walking in the city centre has been highly successful in reducing congestion and getting more people on buses and bikes. The new camera system will replace the current bollards and is used elsewhere in the country. It is a more efficient system than we currently use and easier for authorised drivers to use in that they do not have to stop, which is ideal for emergency services and buses.”

The county added that by using the bollards it had, since 1995, reduced traffic through the city centre by 21 per cent.

These three routes are the first to be changed to cameras – the others will follow.

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