Drivers fear the return of ‘yellow vultures’

GUESS WHAT'S BACK Speed cameras like this one are back on the A3(M)
GUESS WHAT'S BACK Speed cameras like this one are back on the A3(M)
The M275 northbound. Credit: Google Maps

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DRIVERS face three months of motorway misery as the dreaded ‘yellow vulture’ speed cameras return.

From Monday there will be a 40mph speed limit on the southbound sliproad of the A3(M) as it turns into the A27 at Bedhampton.

But motorists are angry there will be three average speed cameras – known as ‘yellow vultures’ – to enforce the limit 24 hours a day.

This is despite work to repair the Farlington viaduct mostly being carried out at night and weekends.

Kevin Crane, from Chichester, recently challenged a court case brought when he was caught speeding by yellow vultures even though no roadworks were going on at the time.

The case against him was dropped.

He said: ‘The safety of the workmen comes first but the yellow vultures are totally unnecessary.

‘They are an unnecessary expense.

‘Careful driving and clear signage should prevail.’

The cameras measure the speed of motorists at the beginning, middle and end of the roadworks.

They then calculate the average speed and anyone who is above the speed limit is fined.

While work is carried out to replace an expansion joint on the Farlington viaduct, the short stretch of roadworks will have three sets of average speed cameras covering both lanes of traffic on the sliproad.

Most work will be carried out between 10pm and 6am but there will be at least eight full weekend closures, according to the Highways Agency.

Traffic will be diverted at junction 5 of the A3(M) to the westbound A27 via Bedhampton roundabout.

Highways Agency structures manager Steve Cobb said the work had been planned to cause minimum disruption.

He added: ‘A 40mph speed limit is required on the southbound carriageway as the lanes will be narrower than normal.

‘The method we’ve chosen allows us to keep the bridge open to traffic at all peak times throughout the project.

‘The work northbound is less extensive and a 50mph limit is appropriate. The temporary speed limits have been decided after careful consideration, and will be clearly signed. ‘

From Monday the safety barrier will also be replaced at junction 5 of the A3(M) and a 50mph speed limit with be imposed northbound for three weeks.