Average speed cameras must be put up along the A10 following a spike in accidents caused by dangerous drivers, councillors have said.

Enfield’s Labour and Conservative Groups joined forces to call on Transport for London (TfL) to install fixed speed cameras after a rise in deaths and serious injuries on the road.

The Metropolitan Police has been targeting speeding drivers on the A10 and recently unveiled a drone that will be used to catch people breaking the law.

But councillors warned these were only temporary measures and cameras were needed to provide a permanent solution.

The issue was raised by the Conservative Group at Wednesday’s (July 10) full council meeting.

Conservative leader Cllr Joanne Laban said: “Racing on the A10 has been causing distress for our residents for far too long.

“The police are doing a brilliant job, but we can’t expect them to be there every weekend forever. A permanent solution needs to be found.”

In June, TfL said it had not ruled out putting average speed cameras along the A10 to tackle dangerous drivers.

But Cllr Laban said TfL had pledged to install the cameras back in 2015 and there had been no progress on the issue since then.

Council leader Cllr Nesil Caliskan said that in the three years before 2015 there were 60 slight incidents, one serious incident and no fatal incidents on the A10.

But in the three years since then, there had been 77 slight incidents, 11 serious incidents and two fatal incidents.

Cllr Caliskan said: “The A10 issue is about safety, and people’s lives are at risk without speed cameras.”

Labour councillors criticised the Conservative Government for slashing funding for TfL, meaning it had less money to put into safety measures like speed cameras.

But members of the Conservative Group said cameras had been installed on the A10 in Hertfordshire and had led to a drop in accidents.

Cllr Caliskan has offered to contribute funding from the council’s already squeezed budget to provide cameras.

She said: “Everyone recognises the serious danger we are experiencing.

“I invite the opposition to join us in asking the secretary of state to pledge that the surplus income from speed enforcement activities in London should be reinvested in road safety initiatives so TfL can install speed cameras.”

Both parties agreed that funding from speed cameras should be ringfenced for road safety initiatives rather than going straight back to the Treasury.

Cllrs Caliskan and Laban will write a joint letter asking the Mayor of London to commit to providing speed cameras on the A10.

Cllr Laban also agreed to write a joint letter to transport secretary Chris Grayling asking for funding raised by speed cameras to go back to London boroughs for road safety measures.