A90 speed cameras to go live next week

Cameras have been installed to ensure drivers stick to the 50mph limit
Cameras have been installed to ensure drivers stick to the 50mph limit

The average speed cameras between Blackdog and Balmedie will finally be operational from Monday, July 25.

The contractor for the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route/Balmedie to Tipperty (AWPR/B-T) project, Aberdeen Roads Limited, has installed the average speed cameras to enhance safety for construction workers and road users.

The cameras were initially installed on the A90 stretch of road back in April this year, however they have never been officially switched on.

Signs have been in place since the cameras’ arrival telling motorists that they were “not in use” meaning motorists have been exceeding the current 50mph limit.

The average speed cameras are expected to stay in place until the works are complete and the reduced temporary speed limit is removed from this section of the A90.

An AWPR/B-T project spokesperson said: “The average speed cameras on the A90 between Blackdog and Balmedie will be operational from Monday.

“The signs which read ‘cameras under test’ will be removed in advance.

“There has been a significant increase in works across the project since the beginning of this year and a 50mph speed restriction was introduced to improve the safety of road workers and road users.

“When the average speed cameras become operational, the speed restriction will remain unchanged at 50mph – however, the cameras will help to ensure that this speed restriction is observed.

“In addition to the proven safety benefits of average speed cameras, their use in major road works schemes demonstrates their ability to improve traffic flow and journey time reliability.”

Aberdeen Roads Limited has been working closely with Transport Scotland, Aberdeenshire Council, Police Scotland and the North Safety Camera Unit over the use of average speed cameras in this area.

When complete, the AWPR/B-T will help to reduce congestion, cut journey times, improve safety and lower pollution in Aberdeen City Centre.

It will also enable local authorities to develop public transport solutions.

Over the next three decades, the AWPR/B-T is expected to bring in an additional £6 billion to the north-east economy and create around 14,000 new jobs.

Around 1,500 are currently working on the project, including on-the-job training for apprentices and local employment opportunities for long-term unemployed people.