Wednesday 7 May 2003 12.00pm
From the field report posted by MM, they probably aren't enforcement cameras, but just to monitor the jams on the network. Which is a pity, as it means that the buses will continue to be delayed by a few thoughtless folk - although thinking about it New Kent Road
isn't as bad as other local streets for this.
I don't think that they are operated by Capita. A further thrilling extract from the TfL Street Management website follows:
"The London Traffic Control Centre (LTCC) is a central control point, staffed by the Metropolitan Police and TfL Street Management staff to: monitor network conditions; process, integrate and analyse data; introduce contingency traffic signal timings; direct police to specific problem areas and disseminate traffic information to public and media. The team also manages the installation of VMS, CCTV and Enforcement cameras. "
Methinks VMS = "variable message signs" - the things that usually warn you about forthcoming demos in the West End rather than current road works.
Post edited to clarify reference to "sadly they aren't enforcement cameras" - I agree that in general "town centre" CCTV is over-hyped and has little effect on crime levels [or displaces it to adjacent side streets/estates] unless you link it to a top notch lighting strategy and use skilled staff in the control room, making use of police intelligence (yeah- I know its an oxymoron). This costs big bucks, which neither Southwark or Lambeth budgeted for when they rolled out their schemes.
Post edited (10 May 03 10:57)