Transport written question – answered on 9th October 2006.

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Photo of David Evennett David Evennett Opposition Whip (Commons)

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many (a) minor and (b) serious accidents occurred on the A2 in Bexley Borough in (i) 2004 and (ii) 2005.

Photo of Stephen Ladyman Stephen Ladyman Minister of State, Department for Transport

The number of (a) slight and (b) serious personal injury road accidents reported to the police that occurred on the A2 in Bexley borough in (i) 2004 and (ii) 2005 is given in the table.

Accidents by severity on A2 in Bexley borough: 2004-05
Severity 2004 2005
Serious 2 7
Slight 24 32

TfL London Road Safety Unit.

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Ian Seale
Posted on 12 Oct 2006 1:56 pm (Report this annotation)

This is an interesting fact, as I can bear witness to accidents on the A2 occurring as the result of the 'speed' or should I say revenue generating cameras.
Both had been placed at sections of the road where there was either an on or an off slip road.
Logic would dictate that these sections would always be prone to accident as it is where very slow (sometimes stationary) traffic and the main stream of traffic meet.
The cameras are sited at these points where vehicles are changing lanes, and, without the option to accelerate into another lane to avoid an accident, drivers are forced to brake, all too often more heavily than they would like. In an already congested road this becomes extremely dangerous.
As I said, I have witnessed this happening - accidents created by the cameras.
Until they (speed cameras) are removed the accident figures will not improve.

Mike Carver
Posted on 13 Oct 2006 8:00 am (Report this annotation)

Factual proof then that speed cameras don't reduce accidents, at least not in Bexley.