The New South Wales Government has started works to remove a number of fixed speed cameras found in a July audit to be ineffective in reducing the state's road tolls.
NSW Roads Minister Duncan Gay said this week that the first of the 38 cameras, which have already been switched off, has been removed at Tilbuster on the New England Highway.
“When it was first installed, the speed camera was on a bend, but thanks to safety work this section of road has now been realigned," Mr Gay said.
He added that cameras were being removed first in locations with the lowest crash risk history.
“This week fixed speed cameras will also be removed at Quirindi and Llangothlin on the New England Highway and at Angledale on the Princes Highway,” he said.
He added that a safety route review has been established to investigate the potential for alternative safety measures at the locations of the deactivated cameras.
The review will see the RTA's Centre for Road Safety working with NSW Police, NRMA and the public to find more effective ways to ensure safety in those areas.
Mr Gay said that the review will look at the crash history, traffic volumes, road conditions, land use and road user behaviour in the locations where cameras have been deactivated.
“The three cameras at Clunes, Gymea and Epping, operating in warning mode, will be the first locations to be reviewed and measures will be delivered by March 2012 depending on the work proposed,” he said.