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Temp 40mph through roadworks A12 Ingatestone eastbound and westbound

Reported via mobile in the Roadworks (NH) category anonymously at 09:36, Tue 28 February 2023

Sent to National Highways less than a minute later. FixMyStreet ref: 4269580.

40mph signs have been placed through the road works at Ingatestone and Margaretting, A12 Essex on both carriagways eastbound and westbound, there are also average speed cameras in place with signs saying camera not in use. No one is obeying the 40mph signs and for the odd few who are obeying it, its dangerous when lorries and other vehicles are travelling at higher speeds coming close to the rear of your vehicle and then overtaking. Vehicles are travelling double the speed limit if not more knowing the cameras are not working. It needs to be considered to either turn the cameras on or the 40mph signs need removing for safety umtil the cameras are ready to use as it is going to cause an accident.

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  • Thank you for contacting National Highways about the reduced speed limit on the A12 Margaretting Bypass.

    We’re currently carrying out our preparation works (which includes the installation of CCTV cameras, temporary speed cameras, compound set up, lane widening works and temporary surfacing works), ahead of the main construction work. The work takes place throughout the daytime and night time, depending on the activities we are undertaking. A 40mph speed limit is in place as a safety precaution for road users and workers during this time and until completion of the scheme.

    Installing the speed camera system is a lengthy process and there a number of activities that need to take place before the system can go live e.g. vegetation clearance, groundworks for column bases, cable installation, power connections, column installation and camera calibration. This can take a number of weeks to complete, and even though a camera location may appear finished to a passing motorist, the whole system needs to be complete before it can be fully operational.

    The camera not in use signs are put out on the network to provide the customer with the information that the speed enforcement system is not yet operational. There is still a legal obligation to comply with the reduced speed limit that is reinforced by the repeated speed limit signs through the works area. The round traffic signs with red borders are displays of legal prohibitions that must be followed to remain lawful.

    The current programme suggests that the average speed cameras will be turned on this week. The 'camera not in use' signs will then be removed.

    I’m sorry to hear that you’ve witnessed road users ignoring the 40mph speed limit. Even though the cameras are not yet active, it’s still an enforceable offence to ignore the set speed limit. I’ll report this to our colleagues at Essex Police, to see if they are in a position to provide more presence.

    I hope the information provided helps to answer your query. If you require further information or have any other queries, please contact us by calling the 24/7 National Highways Customer Contact Centre on 0300 123 5000, email or visit our website at

    State changed to: Closed

    Posted by National Highways at 10:51, Wed 8 March 2023

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