The eternal feud between London motorists and speed cameras stepped up a notch last week when it was revealed that a single camera was responsible for around a third of speeding tickets in London. In seven months last year, more than 14,500 tickets were slapped on drivers (including that guy off ‘Top Gear’ – no, not him, the other one) caught doing more than 30 on Gunnersbury Avenue in South Ealing.
One reason for the sheer number of people caught is that the speed limit is only temporary on that stretch of road, to protect workers while repairs are carried out nearby. Those thousands of tickets work out at about £1.5 million of fine revenue: enough to get petrolheads howling about victimisation, but also a nice boost to the TfL budget. That tube fare freeze has got to come from somewhere, right?
In other news, the world’s longest train line now ends in Barking.