Beware of the yellow vultures!

Speed cameras on the M275 in Portsmouth.''Picture: Sarah Standing (13193-3092)
Speed cameras on the M275 in Portsmouth.''Picture: Sarah Standing (13193-3092)

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MOTORISTS are warned to watch their speed from Monday as speed cameras on one of Portsmouth’s major routes are switched on.

Temporary speed cameras – commonly dubbed ‘yellow vultures’ – will be switched on from Monday as a crucial phase of work starts on the £28m Tipner interchange project.

A 50mph limit will be set for drivers entering the city until just north of the M275 Tipner Lake Bridge, where it will become 40mph.

Traffic leaving the city will follow a 40mph zone before entering the 50mph just north of the bridge.

Speed limits return to normal south of Rudmore roundabout.

The cameras could be in place for more than a year, according to Tipner regeneration project manager Graham Baggaley.

Mr Baggaley hopes the scheme will be completed ahead of schedule and said drivers need to be aware of the restrictions to avoid speeding fines.

The cameras, which are already in place, have been erected to ensure there are no lane closures while the work is carried out.

He said: ‘We don’t want people to get tickets.

‘The cameras are in for the safety of our workforce. If anything is happening on the motorway we have to have them in place to make it safe for them to work.

‘It’s something that has been best practice along the highways network for years and years.

‘If we have a lane closure, we are restricting the flow of traffic out of the city.

‘The cameras will be live and active for the entirety of the scheme, until spring 2014, but we strive to bring that forward as quickly as possible.’

He stressed that all fines paid out by motorists will go to HMRC – not Portsmouth City Council.

He said: ‘Something that’s important for motorists to understand is that tickets are issued by Hampshire Constabulary and not by Portsmouth City Council.

‘Any money raised from those tickets doesn’t go to the constabulary or the council, it goes to HMRC.

‘It’s important to know this is not a cash cow thing – it’s about the safety of the workforce.

‘There is also a scheme for a free recovery service for motorists who break down in the area.

‘There will be one set of speed cameras and 20 cameras that look for people that have broken down that we need to assist.’