Motorists in Lincoln and nearby villages have been seeking answers after a number of new roadside cameras began springing up in the area.
The Lincolnite can confirm the temporary cameras are being installed as part of a monitoring and evaluation study taking place before and after the completion of the Lincoln Eastern Bypass.
Cameras will be in place to collect information about journey times in the Greater Lincoln urban area to provide information about the impact of the £99 million bypass.
Councillor Richard Davies, Executive Member for Highways and Transport at Lincolnshire County Council, said: “One of the funding conditions for the £50m we’ve been awarded from the Department for Transport is that we carry out monitoring and evaluation reports before and after the Lincoln Eastern Bypass is opened.
“As part of this, we’ll be using cameras over the next two weeks to collect information about traffic flows and journey times in and around the Greater Lincoln urban area.
“This will provide us with baseline statistics that will help us assess and identify the bypass’s short and long-term benefits once it’s opened and we monitor traffic again.”
This comes after the council created the most comprehensive travel database for Lincoln in 10 years – a £400,000 survey of Lincoln drivers’ movements using technology including Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) software and data from mobile phone companies.
Such surveys are a legal requirement for the council and refreshes the data the council has every few years, which is then used by executives and officers to plan and prioritise road improvement schemes in the future.
After construction on the Eastern Bypass, the new Transport Hub, and the East-West Link Road, travel times and people’s routes will change, which means that previous travel data will be out-of-date.