Three roads in Cowley to get ANPR cameras in place of bollards


Three roads in Cowley to get ANPR cameras in place of bollards
Three roads in Cowley to get ANPR cameras in place of bollards

Oxfordshire County Council has approved proposals to install automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) cameras at three low-traffic neighbourhood (LTN) closure points in Cowley – on Littlemore Road, Crescent Road and Littlehay Road.

The decision was made by the cabinet member for highways management at a delegated cabinet member decision meeting on Thursday, 22 June.

The use of ANPR cameras at certain locations would allow flexibility for amendments to bus services, allow for increased police patrols and offer network flexibility during unforeseen and/or emergency situations on the highway network.

Motor vehicles without exemptions who drive through these points will be subject to a penalty charge notice. Exemptions have been approved for emergency services, buses, taxis, private hire vehicles and universal service provider (postal service) vehicles.

The decision was made with commitments to carry out a further review into:

  • Blue Badge holders’ needs
  • NHS carers and other carers’ needs
  • road safety around the Littlehay Road junction
  • potential traffic calming need in relation to the steepness of Crescent Road.

Proposals were open for public consultation between 06 March and 17 April 2023. Exemptions were originally presented only for Littlemore Road during the consultation. Following this feedback and further discussion with emergency services, interest groups and local people, the council was asked to consider the same exemptions for Crescent Road and Littlehay Road as part of any decision-making.

Exemptions will continue to be reviewed across all LTN ANPR camera locations to ensure the aims of the LTNs – to reduce through-traffic and make the roads quieter and safer for walking, wheeling and cycling – are still achievable.

Councillor Andrew Gant, Oxfordshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways Management, assured the meeting of the council’s ongoing review and monitoring of its highways programmes and said: “The LTNs help to achieve some of the council’s priorities to prioritise the health and wellbeing of residents and invest in an inclusive, integrated and sustainable transport network.

“What we’re talking about today is not the principle of whether the LTNs should be there or not but about the method of enforcement and relatively minor changes to how they are enforced.

“With the commitments to review and with the provisos about keeping in touch with interested stakeholders on specific issues, I am agreeing to the two recommendations as set out in the report.”

LTNs are part of the county council’s local transport and connectivity plan, designed to improve travel and transport. As part of the central Oxfordshire travel plan, they are designed to work together with other measures to reduce congestion and improve air quality.

The locations for the ANPR cameras were chosen following reviews with the emergency services and site visits. The cameras are expected to be installed early next year.

The cameras will be funded by revenue from penalty charge notices. Any funds collected in this way are restricted to being used for ANPR maintenance and operation, or relevant highways improvements.

The full report to cabinet is available on Oxfordshire County Council’s website (pages 9 – 64).

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