Speed Cameras go ‘Live’ on A1 near Angel of the North.
Warning to drivers as speed cameras go ‘live’ including on the A1 near Angel of the North. National Highways has confirmed a series of average speed cameras installed in two major roadwork zones in the North East have now been turned on.
A series of average speed cameras installed at two major roadwork zones in the North East have now been turned on, National Highways has confirmed. The first set is located on the A1 near the Angel of the North between Junction 65, Birtley and Junction 68, Coal House Roundabout, and officially went live on Monday (January 10 2022).
The second series of cameras have been installed on the A1(M) between Junction 59, near the A167 turn off and Junction 61, near Amazon Durham, and went live in the week before Christmas. Limited to 50mph, both ‘average speed check’ zones in both directions have been put in place to allow improvement works to be made safely.
Main construction work on the Birtley to Coal House stretch of the A1 near Gateshead with an estimated completion cost of around £220 million began last December and is hoped to be completed by 2025.
Roads bosses have previously said the upgrades will see the widening of carriageways and additional lanes added in both directions.
Speed cameras have also been installed between Junction 61 and Junction 59 in Durham ahead of the replacement of central reservation safety barriers. This is being done in two phases, with the first between Junction 60 and Junction 61 and the second between Junction 60 and 59.
The switching on of cameras in both roadwork areas comes just weeks after drivers spotted ‘not in use’ signs next to the cameras on the A1. Drivers said that the cameras were not live despite being installed ahead of construction starting some months before.
At the time, National Highways said that final camera checks and calibration had been taking place and that the limit remained enforceable by police at all times.