TfL refuse Shooters Hill Road speed camera

Campaigners in Blackheath have been left disappointed by a decision by Transport for London to refuse a request by Blackheath Westcombe Conservatives for a speed camera on Shooters Hill Road. The request follows a petition run by the local Conservatives last year regarding noisy and speeding vehicles in the area, which was signed by over 400 residents.

 

Following the petition, the police have introduced new ‘Road Watch’ operations, working with residents to warn drivers about their speed or vehicle noise. The local police team has also committed to increased patrols in the area to monitor the situation. A new website has been launched where residents can report regular speeding problems - https://www.met.police.uk/report/report-a-road-traffic-incident/.

 

Since the response, local Conservatives have been working with London Assembly Member Shaun Bailey to ask Transport for London to install a new speed camera on Shooters Hill Road as well as other measures to increase enforcement of the speed limit. However, Transport for London has refused to install the camera citing that at least 4 people must be killed before this can done.

 

Conservative councillor for Blackheath Westcombe ward, Geoff Brighty, said “I am disappointed by this decision. Shooters Hill Road is a busy residential street; noisy vehicles are a nuisance, but speeding drivers are a danger, which is why I was hoping a camera could be used to prevent an accident. I am concerned that the guidance on this matter is to wait for people to be killed and react to it rather than actively try to prevent one”.  

 

Kidbrooke Park Road resident Thomas Turrell added “Over 400 local people signed our petition calling for action; the police have been very helpful and have been active in trying to deal with this issue. It is disappointing that TfL cannot even install a speed camera to help”.