Average speed cameras enforcing 40mph speed restrictions during M8 maintenance
Temporary average speed cameras will be enforcing a 40mph speed limit on the M8 during Phase Two of essential bridge refurbishment work between junction 25 & 25a.
The work on the eastbound carriageway is Phase Two of maintenance at this location with Phase One completed on the westbound carriageway in July 2022. The scheme will benefit road users by improving the safety and condition of the bridge and reducing the need for more extensive maintenance in the future. The work is scheduled to commence Monday 17th April until Thursday the 27th July 2023.
Average speed traffic cameras will be in operation throughout the duration of the works to ensure speed limit compliance and safer working conditions for those undertaking the maintenance.
Temporary Average Speed Cameras at Roadworks (TASCAR) systems are used by Safety Cameras Scotland for the enforcement of mandatory speed limits and have been shown to increase speed compliance and reduce congestion over a longer stretch of road, improving road user and road worker safety.
The cameras will enable traffic to continue to flow through this busy area between Glasgow and Paisley while work continues to improve the network.
The TASCAR cameras are shown to control speeds over a greater distance in areas of roadworks, reducing heavy braking and acceleration, and in turn improving road safety. At major roadwork sites the road layout and temporary surfaces can change regularly, so it’s critical that motorists drive at a safe speed.
During the enforcement of Phase One over 7,000 offences were recorded by the Safety Camera Unit, with motorists recorded travelling at speeds of up to 95mph. By driving at these dangerous speeds the motorists are showing no consideration for the risk they pose to the road workers as well as putting themselves and other road users in danger.
Alan Bowater, West Safety Camera Manager; ‘Driving at safe speeds is shown to reduce the risk of road death and injury and enable more people to make safe and healthy journeys. Not only does it give drivers enough time to spot and react to hazards on the road, but if an impact was to occur it would be less likely to cause serious injury or a fatality. Those most at risk in the event of a collision at these locations are the road workers as they have no protective shield to absorb energy from the impact.’
For further updates visit M8 Eastbound Junctions 25 & 25A | Bridge Maintenance (swtrunkroads.scot)