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Average speed cameras to be set up across Bedfordshire

Average speed cameras are to be installed in Bedfordshire in a new move by the local authority to make drivers slow down.

Bedford Borough Council will install the cameras which record average speeds between numerous locations.

The units cost £25,000 each and £260,000 has been allocated for the first phase.

Mayor Dave Hodgson said the council was "committed to real action to bring speeds down".

'Major concern'

"We will introduce average speed cameras, rather than the fixed sites where some drivers simply slow down for the camera," he said.

The council is introducing the new cameras after receiving approval from the Department of Transport to use them on highways.

The cameras read number plates and their wireless communication system means they can be mounted on existing lampposts.

Councillor Hodgson said the cameras were being introduced after residents had repeatedly told the council that speeding in local neighbourhoods was a "major concern".

The cameras will be installed first in Milton Ernest.

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