Speed tickets cancelled after road sign error on A27

The A27 near Westbourne. Picture: Google Maps

The A27 near Westbourne. Picture: Google Maps

March 1962 and a naval rating signals Halt to more conventional traffic as the Saunders-Roe SRN1 crosses the seafront at Lee-on-the-Solent and returns to HMS Ariel, now the site of the Hovercraft Museum. Roles such as anti-submarine warfare, air-sea rescue and mine countermeasures were foreseen.						                                Pictures courtesy Amberley Publishing

Spotlight hovers over Lee-on-the-Solent museum

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MORE than 1,000 drivers have had their speeding tickets cancelled after an error with road signs on the A27.

The Sussex Safer Roads Partnership is contacting around 1,500 motorists to rescind their speeding notices following the discovery.

Since the summer, the Westbourne section of the A27 has been undergoing major roadworks for the building of a new service area.

The Highways Agency asked the partnership to conduct speed enforcement using mobile safety camera vehicles.

However, it has come to light that the signs denoting the 50mph limit were not placed by the Highways Agency’s contractor in accordance with the Temporary Traffic Regulation Order, effectively invalidating the reduced speed limit.

Phil Henty, operations manager for the partnership, said: ‘Although our mobile safety camera team operated in good faith and accordance with instruction, the discovery of an error in the physical placement of the speed limit signage means that we will not be prosecuting any of the approximately 1,500 motorists detected going through the roadworks at over 
50mph.’

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