Cameras to cut traffic congestion at Camber


Cameras to cut traffic congestion at Camber

A NEW car parking system will be introduced on a trial basis at one of East Sussex's busiest beaches - with the aim of easing traffic congestion.

Rother District Council is trialling a system of automatic number plate recognition cameras to monitor cars entering and leaving the western car park at Camber Sands beach.

Visitors to the car park will pay for parking by inputting their registration number and paying with credit or debit cards via an app on their smartphone or with cash at pay and display machines.

The new system will replace the current arrangements where motorists must stop and pay when entering the car park, which is perceived to contribute to some of the causes of congestion in Camber on peak days.

It is being introduced following recommendations made by Transport Planning Associates, consultants who carried out a detailed survey on traffic and parking at Camber for the district council, East Sussex County Council and Sussex Police.

The council hopes the scheme, which will launch as a 19-month trial on Monday, March 26 2018, will ease congestion on the approaches to the beach, which attracts over a million visitors a year.

Cllr Sally-Ann Hart, district council cabinet member for tourism and local ward member for Eastern Rother, said: "Camber Sands is a very popular beach, drawing up to 25,000 visitors on busy summer days.

"The volume of traffic queuing to access the car park can place a strain on local roads - including the main A259 - and result in inconsiderate or illegal parking and blocking of access for emergency vehicles.

"The removal of the current system of ticket booths at the entrance should go some way towards alleviating this problem, allowing free flow of traffic and reducing congestion and queueing - particularly at peak times."

The district council is working with contractor Smart Parking to roll out the scheme and will keep residents updated on progress in the weeks and months to come.

Published on Wednesday, February 21 2018

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