Locations of new cameras have been released as part of plans for 25 new average-speed routes across Greater Manchester.

The plans were announced in May this year, but Transport for Greater Manchester did not initially share the locations when asked.

However, after a Freedom of Information Act request submitted by a resident, Tom Jeffs, Transport for Greater Manchester has now divulged the locations.

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Five Oldham routes will be getting the new cameras: A663 Broadway, B6194 Shaw Road/Higginshaw Lane, A672 Ripponden Road, A669 Lees Road, and B6194 Abbeyhills Road.

Average speed cameras work by measuring how long it takes for a driver to travel between two set points on a road, calculating an average speed to determine whether they broke the limit.

This is as opposed to a ‘spot’ speed camera, which only works to measure a driver’s speed at a given point on the road.

TfGM said the extents of each route are subject to change, as the tenders for the ‘average speed phase’ of the project are still being assessed.

The first phase of the project is already underway, with new spot speed cameras already spotted going up around Oldham.

TfGM said that AI facial recognition technology is not used in the new cameras.

The work is funded by the Mayor's Challenge Fund.

Average speed cameras will also be installed in other parts of Greater Manchester, with routes planned in Bolton, Bury, Manchester, Rochdale, Salford, Stockport, Tameside and Trafford – leaving just Wigan out.

Rochdale will see an average-speed route on A664 Albert Royds Street, while Tameside’s A627 Oldham Road will also get the new technology.

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Commenting on the announcement to install the cameras in the city-region in May, Superintendent Gareth Parkin of Greater Manchester Police’s Safer Transport Team said: “The new and upgraded speed cameras across the city-region will ensure that drivers adhere to road speeds and do not engage in reckless or anti-social driving.

“Speed limits are put in place to ensure our roads are safe. Excessive speeds increase the chances of driver error, increase the time it takes for a vehicle to stop and can also increase fatalities in the event of a collision.

“I would like to thank Transport for Greater Manchester and the Mayor’s Office for continuing to work with GMP to help tackle these issues. 

“GMP will not allow the safety of our roads to be compromised by dangerous drivers, and appropriate action will always be taken against offenders. To report any information or crime, call police 101 or in an emergency call 999. There is also the option to report online at www.gmp.police.uk.”

A TfGM spokesperson said: “Tenders for the average speed phase of the MC Safety Camera Project are currently being assessed. 

“The route extents could therefore change based on the successful supplier’s submission and are also subject to approval and affordability.”