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Traffic Monitoring Camera on William Hovell Drive

By JC - 25 July 2012 4

Notice this afternoon that a camera has appeared on William Hovell Drive near Coppings Crossing Road. It is a temporary thing on a long stick with a sign stating it is a traffic monitoring camera. Only caught it out the corner of my eye so not sure if it was looking back towards the city or towards west Belconnen.

Now apart from the bleeding obvious what exactly is it monitoring? Congestion, speeding or something else? Also have they been used elsewhere in Canberra?

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Traffic Monitoring Camera on William Hovell Drive
Chop71 10:20 am 27 Jul 12

They tried P2P cameras in Canada and found the cost of repairs from damage (ie locals going pew pew pew with their high powered rifles) wasn’t worth it.

wildturkeycanoe 5:44 am 27 Jul 12

Maybe trying to spot the best “look mum, no hands” driving effort to put on RA?

G-Fresh 3:51 pm 25 Jul 12

It’s to monitor the number of new euro plates going through

James_ 3:43 pm 25 Jul 12

Maybe further on to this study and recommendations they are finalising data to implement??

” It was agreed through the Steering Committee that a 50:50 weighting (traffic and safety
equally weighted) was appropriate and could also be used to identify suitable sites for future expansion of the system. The results suggest the following staged implementation:

Stage 1 –
Hindmarsh Drive – Yamba Drive to Monaro Highway
Gungahlin Drive – Barton Highway to Belconnen Way
Parkes Way – William Hovell Drive to Edinburgh Avenue

Stage 2 –
Tuggeranong Parkway – Sulwood Drive to Parkes Way
Ginninderra Drive – Florey Drive to William Slim Drive and Aikman Drive to Gungahlin Drive (2 sites)

Stage 3 –
Monaro Highway – NSW border to south of Angle Crossing Road
Fairbairn Avenue – Anzac Parade to Morshead Drive
William Hovell Drive – Kingsford Smith Drive to Bindubi Street
Majura Road – Federal Highway to Brand Depot access

Stage 4 – additional sites to the north, east and centre of Canberra

The indicative implementation cost for the P2P projects has been estimated at $365,000 per site”

At $365.000 per site they must be raking in the revenue…

However the report does go on to say –
” The revenue from infringement notices has been excluded from the Cost Benefit Analysis on the grounds that the system must be justified from a road safety perspective. However, analysis suggests that depending upon traffic volumes and infringement rates the revenue from infringement notices are likely to repay the capital costs of the roadside infrastructure in under 12 months.”

Forward Design Study: Introduction of Point to Point Speed Cameras in the ACT, TAMS 30 July 2010.

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