Relief in Gedling as camera tackles ‘ridiculous’ speeding to stay
A camera installed to stop cars using a ‘bus socket’ in Gedling will remain – and neighbors say it has made such a difference that the stretch is ‘a beautiful country road again’. A camera was placed at the bus socket in Stoke Lane, near Burton Road in Gedling, in March 2020.
The bus jams effectively create a ‘dead end road’ for all traffic other than buses, and the measures were introduced to prevent the road being used as a ‘rat race’. Neighbors were furious at “ridiculous” speeding.
The CCTV camera was first installed on a temporary basis during construction of the £49million Gedling Access Road, now known as Colliery Way, which opened in recent weeks. The camera has made a big difference – and local councilors campaigned for it to become permanent, lobbying Nottinghamshire County Council.
Read more: The 10 busiest GP surgeries in Nottinghamshire
And it has been confirmed that the camera will remain – much to the delight of local residents. Jon Audcent, 52, who works as a recruitment manager and lives on the streets, said that speeding was “ridiculous” before the introduction of the camera.
“It was ridiculous before these cameras were there. It helped massively, that’s 10 out of 10. Since the cameras stopped a bit, there was a lot of traffic ahead.
“We used to have a lot of cars coming from Burton Joyce just because they could. I couldn’t understand why people kept doing it, but the cameras helped. Everyone was filming before. C is so important – if one person wanted to keep and another wanted to take it away, I would vote for whoever wanted to keep it.”
Jean Sutton, 74, who is retired and has lived on Stoke Lane since 1984, said the stretch had “become a beautiful country road again”. “People just slaughtered here, it made no sense why they were doing it,” she said.
“I’m glad the camera is sticking around. It’s really helped with traffic and made the street a lot more liveable. No one was following the speed limit before.”
The section in question is near the Carlton Town field. Natalie Mellors, 41, who works as a health and safety manager, said: “It’s much quieter here now, people used to shoot and cut on this road. It’s made a difference as soon as it has been implemented.
“Everyone on the street is happy it’s going to stay here. It was particularly bad on a Wednesday when football was on but it’s better now. It’s made it safer and there’s less excess speed, so I’m glad it’s going to stick.”
A statement from Tory councilors Mike Adams and Sam Smith, who represent the Trent Valley ward on Gedling Borough Council, said: ‘Residents of Stoke Lane have told us that the bus take app from Stoke Lane off Burton Road to prevent rat-running was a priority and we are glad we accommodated it We asked for the Stoke Lane Bus Take camera app several times and we We were delighted that it started on March 23, 2020.
“This was a temporary measure to prevent rat racing along Stoke Lane between Burton Road and Colwick Loop Road during the construction period of the Gedling Access Road. As of June 1, 2020, penalty notices (fines) were mailed to registered vehicles crossing the restriction resulting in less traffic along Stoke Lane and across the bus hold.
“Throughout this period and now that Colliery Way (GAR) is open, we have worked with MP Tom Randall to jointly lobby Nottinghamshire County Council to keep the enforcement camera in place at the catch We are pleased to have received confirmation that our campaign has been successful and the Stoke Lane Bus Pickup Camera will remain in place. We hope this continued enforcement will further prevent the rat race along Stoke Lane.
Colliery Way connects the A612 Trent Valley Road and Nottingham Road to Mapperley Plains. The bypass has been on the cards for decades and is designed to alleviate traffic in the village of Gedling.