ANPR System Replace Rising Bollards in Cambridge’s Silver Street

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The troublesome rising bollards in Silver Street, Cambridge, have been replaced by an ANPR system that’s already proved its effectiveness, a news report in the local media can reveal.

Restricted access in Silver Street has been in place since August 2003, but the rising bollards which caused many a driver to get stuck on them while trying to bypass traffic restrictions have been replaced by a more subtle, yet equally effective solution – “bus gates” using ANPR technology.

The gates use Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras to capture unauthorised traffic going through them.

Cllr Mathew Shuter, Cambridgeshire County Council’s highways and infrastructure committee chairman, said: “This new bus gate on Silver Street will provide a more effective way of managing the existing traffic restrictions, support buses services, ease congestion and improve air quality.”

Bus gates are already in operation on four other sites in Cambridge city centre – on Station Road, Bridge Street, Emmanuel Road and Regent Street/St Andrews Street.

In the last financial year more than 60,000 penalty notices were issued to motorists who failed to acknowledge the restricted access signs at the bus lanes. The change to ‘bus gates’ was driven by a need to replace rising bollards which are expensive to run and have outdated technology.

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