Safety cameras will be installed along a major Enfield road to crack down on speeding and dangerous driving.

A system of permanent safety cameras will be fitted along the A10 by the end of the year, Transport for London (TfL) announced on Monday (January 13).

It is hoped the measure will put a stop to street racers and other dangerous drivers following a string of accidents on the road, which runs through the borough from the M25 and into Haringey.

The London-wide transport body said it will first roll out a system of temporary speed cameras along a stretch of road from Bullsmore Lane to Southbury Road during the spring.

It is currently designing a permanent safety camera system, which will be put in place later in the year.

Police launched a crackdown on dangerous driving on the A10 in May last year, which has so far led to 41 arrests, 66 vehicle seizures and more than 900 drivers reported for excessive speed. The highest speed recorded was 127mph.

But with police resources under strain, in July Labour and Conservative councillors called for average speed cameras to be installed on the A10 as a permanent deterrent.

While there are several ordinary speed cameras along a section of the road, these are clearly marked and unable to catch drivers who speed up once they are out of range.

TfL said it could not yet confirm whether the permanent safety measures would be average speed cameras or another solution.

The police operation will continue until the temporary speed cameras are up and running.

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The officer in charge of the operation, detective superintendent Andy Cox, from the roads and transport policing command, said he was “fully supportive” of the cameras.

Speaking outside Cineworld in Enfield on Monday (January 13), London Assembly Member for Enfield and Haringey Joanne McCartney said: “I first asked about cameras in 2007, and since then I’ve regularly raised it with TfL and the Mayor of London.

“There has been racing up and down here for a number of years. We’ve had complaints from residents about the noise, about not being able to sleep, so I’ve been regularly raising it. I’m really glad that TfL have finally agreed to put cameras back along this stretch of road.”

Deputy Mayor for Transport Heidi Alexander said Ms McCartney and council leader Cllr Nesil Caliskan had made a “very strong case” about the need for cameras on the A10.

She added: “The Mayor of London is committed to a ‘Vision Zero’ target – we don’t think any death or injury on London’s roads is acceptable – and reducing speed is part of that bigger piece of work we are doing to make our roads safer.

“People have been killed here and seriously injured. It creates quite a hostile environment for people who live round here, and I’m really pleased we are going to get these cameras. We will be reducing the road danger that exists in this location.”

Council leader Cllr Nesil Caliskan (Labour, Jubilee) said: “This will make the roads safer, Enfield safer, and I think it will make a more pleasant environment for residents. Speeding isn’t just about the danger that’s created, but also the fumes and the noise, and I think it will give people confidence that it is a safe environment.

“The A10 is a major arterial road. But over recent years it has not just been an arterial road for connecting – there has been a flurry of shops and residential dwellings. We have to be able to equip the roads not just for road users and vehicles, but also the connecting areas, too.”