From tomorrow (27 June) drivers will see signs reminding them that the speed limit on the Queen Elizabeth II Bridge clockwise carriageway between the A282/M25 junction 31 and the plaza, and on the anti-clockwise carriageway between the M25 junction 2 and junction 1a, is both mandatory and enforceable.
Clive Cooper, Highways Agency asset manager, said:
“Safety is our number one priority, and this scheme is predicted to save around half a dozen injury accidents a year, as well as reducing the number of shunt-type incidents which cause frustrating delays for drivers.
“We should not forget the cost of road traffic collisions on the economy, both in terms of injuries suffered by individuals and the delays that result to businesses that depend on the road network on a daily basis.
“Maintaining consistent speeds on the approaches to the crossing will also help to make journeys more reliable, by keeping traffic moving and reducing stop-start traffic at peak times and during and after incidents.”
Essex and Kent police are responsible for the enforcement of speed limits on the approaches to the crossing.
Chief Inspector Rachel Nolan, Head of Roads Policing at Essex Police said:
“There is no excuse for speeding. This scheme can only benefit road users and road workers and will also help to improve safety and reliability of journeys due to a reduction in the number of incidents which cause delays on the approaches to and at the Crossing. From 27 June drivers will see signs reminding them that the speed limit is both mandatory and enforceable.”
Chief Inspector Andy Reeves Head of Roads Policing for Kent Police said:
“Kent Police support this scheme. We are committed to influencing, educating and encouraging motorists on roads in Kent and Medway to slow down, stay within the speed limit through the combination of education, publicity and enforcement. This will result in fewer speed-related collisions and casualties and contribute to reducing congestion.”
Notes to Editors
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