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Daniel Shuttleworth

Dear Highways England Company Limited,

Yesterday evening 13/03/2019 I was traveling the from Manchester to Mansfield and on the M1, obviously Southbound. At around 21:00 just after the Junction 32. I noticed a flash from a camera and ahead of me on the gantry not far in-front of this speed camera it said 60MPH and the gantry ahead of that one it said 40MPH and as I got further up the road 2 lanes were closed.

What I do know is before seeing this flash there defiantly was no speed restrictions upon any gantry before approaching the speed cameras. So as I am sure you can agree until you get to the gantry just after the light the speed restriction would have been 70MPH unless it was stated on a gantry before these speed cameras.

My questions are -

1 - Was there any speed restrictions on any gantry before junction 32 southbound M1? And if the answer is yes then can you please tell me what time they was put upon the screens?

2 - I drove past this location today again and from the speed camera that flash to the previous gantry at 70MPH it is around 30/40 seconds time. So my question is what time delay was set upon this speed restriction yesterday 13/03/2019?

3 - How many people were flashed by this camera M1 southbound between 21:00 and 21:10?

5 - When was this camera last calibrated and furthermore I often do these need to calibrated to be used as evidence in a court of law?

6 - what speed limit doe you set this camera when the speed limit is 70MP ie 70mph + 10% plus 2mph. The same question when the speed is set at 60mph? The same question when the speed is set at 50mph?

Yours faithfully,
Mr Shuttleworth

Highways England, Highways England Company Limited

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Dear Mr Shuttleworth

 

Thank you for your email on 15 March 2019 concerning speed settings during
your journey on 13 March 2019 at approximately 21:00 while travelling on
the M1 southbound between Junction 32 and 31.

 

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I have checked Highways England systems and can report that the
enforcement camera on the M1 J32 to J31 southbound during the timeframe
you reported did not have any temporary speed settings implemented. It is
worth noting that South Yorkshire Police  enforce speed limits at times
when temporary speed limits are implemented and when signs are blank
enforcing the national speed limit. 

Any enforcement offence relates to the speed of a vehicle as it travels
below the specific enforcement camera.

Highways England systems confirm your observations that there was a 60mph
temporary speed limit set south of the enforcement camera with the next
sign set to a 40mph temporary speed limit. These speeds were generated by
a safety queue protection system which activated due to impact on traffic
flows from roadworks you mentioned on your enquiry. I have attached a
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