Information ref new Average Speed ANPR Fixed Speed Cameras

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Dear Birmingham City Council,
I note from recent media reports that Birmingham Council may have provided funding for some new Average Speed Cameras on 5 routes on the basis that they will improve road safety and are strictly not to raise money or punish ordinary commuters.
http://www.thechamberlainfiles.com/counc...
Quote "Speed cameras were switched off in April 2013 after the wet film devices used then became obsolete and West Midlands Police and the councils were unable to meet the cost of switching to digital devices.The cost of the new scheme is estimated at £660,000 for five years, with Birmingham city council paying £473,918 and Solihull council £185,758".
The proposed routes chosen have been based on the following criteria:
- There is a history of collisions and casualties at the camera site zone.
- Speed surveys indicate that speeding vehicles is an issue.
- There is no realistic and appropriate engineering solution that can be installed at the location to reduce collisions and vehicles exceeding the speed limit.

Quote from Birmingham Councillor Stewart Stacey " I want a clear message to be heard by the region’s motorists – I’m not Bob Geldof, I don’t want you to ‘give us your money’, I just want you to comply with the speed limits that are there to improve safety for everyone who uses the roads of Birmingham and Solihull.
Most people will see no impact to their overall journey time as this is all about enforcing speed limits that already exist on the roads in question – all of which are routes with a significant record for accidents historically.
It will only be the minority who continually exceed the speed limit and endanger others who will be caught by our adoption of this new modern technology".

I note that the location of the 5 Birmingham Average Speed Camera sites are
A38 Bristol Road between Priory Road and Speedwell Road – 30mph
A456 Hagley Road between Portland Road and Lordswood Road – 30mph
A4540 New John Street between Lucas Circus and Hospital Street – 30mph
A34 Newtown Row Northbound between New John Street West and Newbury Road – 30mph
A45 Coventry Road between Berkley Road and Rowland Road/Steyning Road – 40mph

FOI Q1.For the 5 sites in question please provide the recent supporting accident data, namely the Killed or Seriously injured (KSI) figures for the past six years identifying the casualties as motorists,cyclists, pedestrians or others, with further identification of adults or children (with age group specified) and time of day.

FOI Q2.For the 5 sites in question, again for the past six years, please provide all the supporting data regarding speed issues, including the 95 percentile speed of vehicles along each route, specifying the direction of travel and time of day.

FOI Q3.Please confirm the names of all the Birmingham personnel who were involved in meetings regarding the installation of these cameras and who, if any, were responsible for signing contracts regarding the camera installation,use and maintenance, and confirm to whom the contracts were associated.

FOI Q4.The possibly unreliable media reports advise the costs for the 5 sites for Birmingham council, over the 5 years, to be £473,918.
Please confirm the actual total figure for costs which the council anticipate, and please provide detailed breakdown of how the money is budgeted to be spent, and please confirm the source for the money and identify any grants or loans received, or expected to be received, which may contribute towards the launch or operation of the cameras.

FOI Q5.Please confirm the manufacturer and supplier of the ANPR Cameras (the press photo shows Siemens), confirm if the cameras are the now the property of the council or rented, and what maintenance schedule they require.

FOI Q6 .The WM PCC David Jamieson, and others, have stated that the cameras are not there for revenue generation and that any income from fines is all passed on to the Treasury, and the money from those who choose to avoid fines by paying for speed awareness course is presumeably not a source of revenue either.
Please advise if the council receive any revenue from the running of these cameras, including referral fees, or if they are simply a financial drain on Birmingham taxpayers with the alleged benefit of less accidents.
Please advise if there is a business plan for these cameras and, if so,please provide disclosure of it.

FOI Q7.Please identify all the dates of the council meetings where these cameras were discussed prior to installation, please confirm at which meeting they were actually voted for approval and please confirm if there was any quantifiable public consultation survey, and please confirm which meetings David Jamieson attended.
FOI Q8.Please disclose any email communications between Mr David Jamieson and Birmingham council regarding the installation of these cameras.

END OF FOI REQUEST.
There is some concern that in reality the accident figures may have gone down during the 3 years the cameras were switched off ,as people drove at speeds appropriate for the conditions rather than watching their speedometers, and that there may have been reliance on inaccurate or out of date data to justify their installation so I would appreciate disclosures to provide reassurance.

Yours faithfully,
Dennis Fallon (BSc Hons)

EconomyFOI, Birmingham City Council

Our Reference:           FOI15574

Date:               03 October 2016

Name:             Dennis Fallon

 

Email:            [FOI #362389 email]

 

 

 

Dear Dennis Fallon

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I note from recent media reports that Birmingham Council may have provided
funding for some new Average Speed Cameras on 5 routes on the basis that
they will improve road safety and are strictly not to raise money or
punish ordinary commuters.

http://www.thechamberlainfiles.com/counc...

Quote "Speed cameras were switched off in April 2013 after the wet film
devices used then became obsolete and West Midlands Police and the
councils were unable to meet the cost of switching to digital devices.The
cost of the new scheme is estimated at £660,000 for five years, with
Birmingham city council paying £473,918 and Solihull council £185,758".

The proposed routes chosen have been based on the following criteria:

-    There is a history of collisions and casualties at the camera site
zone.

-    Speed surveys indicate that speeding vehicles is an issue.

-    There is no realistic and appropriate engineering solution that can
be installed at the location to reduce collisions and vehicles exceeding
the speed limit.

 

Quote from Birmingham Councillor Stewart Stacey " I want a clear message
to be heard by the region’s motorists – I’m not Bob Geldof, I don’t want
you to ‘give us your money’, I just want you to comply with the speed
limits that are there to improve safety for everyone who uses the roads of
Birmingham and Solihull.

 

Most people will see no impact to their overall journey time as this is
all about enforcing speed limits that already exist on the roads in
question – all of which are routes with a significant record for accidents
historically. It will only be the minority who continually exceed the
speed limit and endanger others who will be caught by our adoption of this
new modern technology".

 

I note that the location of the 5 Birmingham Average Speed Camera sites
are

A38 Bristol Road between Priory Road and Speedwell Road – 30mph

A456 Hagley Road between Portland Road and Lordswood Road – 30mph

A4540 New John Street between Lucas Circus and Hospital Street – 30mph

A34 Newtown Row Northbound between New John Street West and Newbury Road –
30mph

A45 Coventry Road between Berkley Road and Rowland Road/Steyning Road –
40mph

 

FOI Q1.For the 5 sites in question please provide the recent supporting
accident data, namely the Killed or Seriously injured (KSI) figures for
the past six years identifying the casualties as motorists, cyclists,
pedestrians or others, with further identification of adults or children
(with age group specified) and time of day.

 

FOI Q2.For the 5 sites in question, again for the past six years, please
provide all the supporting data regarding speed issues, including the 95
percentile speed of vehicles along each route, specifying the direction of
travel and time of day.

 

FOI Q3.Please confirm the names of all the Birmingham personnel who were
involved in meetings regarding the installation of these cameras and who,
if any, were responsible for signing contracts regarding the camera
installation, use and maintenance, and confirm to whom the contracts were
associated.

 

FOI Q4.The possibly unreliable media reports advise the costs for the 5
sites for Birmingham council, over the 5 years, to be £473,918.

Please confirm the actual total figure for costs which the council
anticipate, and please provide detailed breakdown of how the money is
budgeted to be spent, and please confirm the source for the money and
identify any grants or loans received, or expected to be received, which
may contribute towards the launch or operation of the cameras.

 

FOI Q5.Please confirm the manufacturer and supplier of the ANPR Cameras
(the press photo shows Siemens), confirm if the cameras are the now the
property of the council or rented, and what maintenance schedule they
require.

 

FOI Q6 .The WM PCC David Jamieson, and others, have stated that the
cameras are not there for revenue generation and that any income from
fines is all passed on to the Treasury, and the money from those who
choose to avoid fines by paying for speed awareness course is presumeably
not a source of revenue either.

 

Please advise if the council receive any revenue from the running of these
cameras, including referral fees, or if they are simply a financial drain
on Birmingham taxpayers with the alleged benefit of less accidents.

 

Please advise if there is a business plan for these cameras and, if so,
please provide disclosure of it.

 

FOI Q7.Please identify all the dates of the council meetings where these
cameras were discussed prior to installation, please confirm at which
meeting they were actually voted for approval and please confirm if there
was any quantifiable public consultation survey, and please confirm which
meetings David Jamieson attended.

 

FOI Q8.Please disclose any email communications between Mr David Jamieson
and Birmingham council regarding the installation of these cameras.

 

END OF FOI REQUEST.

There is some concern that in reality the accident figures may have gone
down during the 3 years the cameras were switched off ,as people drove at
speeds appropriate for the conditions rather than watching their
speedometers, and that there may have been reliance on inaccurate or out
of date data to justify their installation so I would appreciate
disclosures to provide reassurance.

 

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Dear Pam Heera,
Reference my request number FOI15574 it might be helpful if I clarify the timescales relevant to my query, because I am anxious to complete this request within the normal FOI timescale.
The camera scheme was entirely the brainchild of PCC David Jamieson who announced his intentions on 28th August 2014, subsequent to his re-election, subject to the essential requirements of appropriate funding and the routes chosen having an unacceptable level of accidents.
http://www.birminghampost.co.uk/news/reg...

Obviously the scheme will have taken considerable planning prior to the launch on August 8th 2016, including analysis of the 6 year accident trend to ensure the cameras were justified, then providing the evidence to the council in order to develop the scheme, then actually ordering and setting up the cameras with the associated contracts and agreements to be signed.

To clarify my request I wish to see the 6 year accident and speed data for the chosen sites, with the date and source of the most recent survey in these regards specifically identified, and for questions Q3 to Q8 the timescale is the period subsequent to Mr Jamieson publically announcing his ambitions on 28th August 2014 until the commencement of operations on 8th August 2016.
Yours sincerely,

dennis fallon

EconomyFOI, Birmingham City Council

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Pam Heera

 

Birmingham City Council

Economy Directorate

Transportation & Connectivity

Governance Team

 

 

 

 

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