UK – High-tech cameras on Britain’s most dangerous road haven’t caught a single person speeding – because of a planning cock-up.
The £800,000 cameras were designed to catch bikers on the winding Cat and Fiddle between Macclesfield and Buxton.
But riders are taking a short-cut, making it impossible to prove how fast they were going.
Now the whole system could be scrapped – without a single person being prosecuted.
Macclesfield activist Granville Sellars said: “This whole debacle has been an appalling waste of money. Every biker I’ve spoken to is fully aware the cameras do not work.
“If this had happened in the private sector someone would have lost their job.”
The cameras measure the average speed between fixed points on the 50mph road.
But bikers get round them by coming off onto Ankers Lane, which has a 60mph limit, and rejoining the Cat and Fiddle about a mile further along.
The system was installed last March after campaigners called for action over motorcyclists crashing on the hairpin turns.
The A537 was named the most dangerous in Britain by the Road Safety Foundation, with 34 fatal or serious crashes between 2006 and 2008.
The Cheshire Safer Roads Partnership decided to fix the problem in December by installing an eighth camera and shifting another.
But the move was delayed by bad weather and the system is still being tested.
The councils that fund the partnership have been forced to reconsider because of spending cuts. Cheshire East council alone has withdrawn £600,000, and the partnership now only has enough money to keep it going until the end of March.
David Boyer, vice-chairman of Cheshire Safer Roads Partnership, said: “We’ve needed to have a radical rethink on road safety spending across the partnership.
“We have set up a working group to discuss a way forward, which will ensure that road safety continues to be a priority.
“Speed enforcement, including the use of speed cameras, will still be a part of our work.”