Thursday, 9 October 2014

Cables and cameras across Launceston

A whole host of cameras and cables have appeared around the streets of Launceston with a range of weird and wonderful ideas about what they might be for.

The simple truth is that they are part of a major traffic survey taking place in the town.

Cornwall Council is looking at whether our town needs any new roads, wider roads, a by pass or anything else. In order to make the case for any works - and to seek the funding to carry them out - the authority needs up to date and comprehensive traffic surveys and these cameras and cables are the best way of assessing vehicle numbers and speed and whether cars are just passing through or looking to reach a destination in the town.

Some people have suggested that we rely on data from the last comprehensive survey back in the mid 1990s. I'm afraid this is now massively out of date and would not support any funding bids. But rest assured that all the previously designed schemes and data is being looked at so that work is not repeated unless it has to be.

2 comments:

Jonathan Roberts said...

This is brilliant news IF the council actually act upon the results in a timely fashion. The volume and size of lorries travelling through from Newport through St Stephens is completely rediculous and the speed some motorists seem to think it's safe to travel up St Stephens hill past the school and on past the church at the top. I really hope that something gets done because these massive lorries are ruining our beautiful town.

Jonathan Roberts said...

This is brilliant news if the council actually act upon the information in a timely fashion!! The sheer volume and size of lorries travelling through our town via Newport and St Stephens is getting rediculous. Also the speed at which motorists think it acceptable to drive past the school and then on past the church at the top of St Stephens hill is dangerous. Please please please let the council do something about this to protect our wonderful town.