June 18th, 2020
Spotlight on Sites - A465

The Average speed camera system on the A465, between Dowlais and Cefn-Coed-y-Cymer has a speed limit of 60mph.


The site was established in 2013, with a speed survey conducted at the time showing an average speed of 59mph with 41.7% of vehicles exceeding the limit and 5% of those travelling at 75mph and over.


In the years prior to the establishment of the site there had been 4 fatalities, 13 people had sustained serious injuries and there had been 50 collisions where 104 people had received minor injuries.


The A465 is a busy trunk road along the ‘Heads of the Valleys’ route with an average traffic flow of 8000 to 9000 vehicles per day.


This section of the road skirts the North side of Merthyr Tydfil and is used by commercial vehicles from the Midlands delivering to South Wales and accessing the Irish ferry ports in West Wales.


Since the establishment of the average speed system the mean speed of the traffic has fallen to 51mph with 4.3% of vehicles exceeding the limit and less than 0.1% (1 in a thousand) travelling at speeds of 75mph or more.


Sadly there have been 2 further fatalities since the site was established and 5 incidents of serious injury, whilst the level of minor injury incidents has remained roughly similar. It is highly likely that some of the minor injuries recorded could have been far more serious if speeds on this route had not been reduced by the installation of the average speed system.


Stand Up For Slowing Down!


Thursday, 18 June 2020