Bassingbourn Community Speed Watch

Cambridgeshire Police trained volunteers and the County Council provided equipment to display speeds over 33 mph
Cambridgeshire Police trained volunteers and the County Council provided equipment to display speeds over 33 mph
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Volunteers highlight a speeding problem past a Cambridgeshire primary school

During the drafting of the Village Plan for Bassingbourn in Cambridgeshire, many villagers raised concerns about speeding on certain roads. Similar concerns were expressed regularly at Neighbourhood Policing Panels. Cambridgeshire Police provided training to Community Speed Watch (CSW) volunteers while Cambridgeshire County Council provided the equipment, which was set to display speeds over 33 mph. Four months of monitoring of over 4,000 traffic movements showed that there was a speeding problem in the village, with 14% of vehicles monitored breaking the speed limit past CSW volunteers.

Worryingly, a higher proportion of drivers broke the limit on the High Street and as much as a quarter of all drivers broke the limit outside the primary school. Very excessive speeds were a particular problem at the weekend, when speeds of up to 60 mph were recorded. The police and county council are now considering remedial action to tackle problem locations.

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