Types and locations of safety cameras

There are 90 permanently signed locations where eight safety camera vehicles operate. There are also four fixed safety cameras, six fixed red light running cameras and one average speed enforcement camera system (SPECS).

Average Speed Enforcement Camera Systems (SPECS)

SPECS are highly visible and are mounted on over-hanging poles in pairs. The system measures the average speed which a vehicle travels between two cameras. A SPECS operates on the A2 between Bangor and Holywood.

Fixed safety cameras

Fixed safety cameras measure the speed of a vehicle at a given point. The cameras, which are marked yellow, are mounted at the roadside on grey-coloured poles.

Location Speed limit (mph)
Belfast - Antrim Road 30
Belfast - Saintfield Road 40
Belfast - Upper Newtownards Road  30
Belfast - Springfield Road 30

Fixed red light running cameras

Fixed red light running cameras look similar to fixed safety cameras.  They are located at junctions with traffic lights which have a lot of collisions

Red light camera locations
Great George’s Street at the junction of York Street/ West Link, Belfast
College Avenue at the junction of Castle Street/ Millfield/ Divis Street, Belfast
Nelson Street at the junction of York Street/ York Link, Belfast
Millfield at the junction of Peters Hill/ Carrick Hill/ North Street, Belfast
Middlepath Street at the junction of the M3 on slip, Belfast
Glenshane Road/ Dungiven Road at the junction with Dennet Gardens, Londonderry 

Mobile safety camera vehicles

The mobile safety camera vehicles use the latest digital photographic and laser technology to accurately measure and record vehicle speeds. The vehicles, which are clearly marked and highly visible, are used on the following  routes throughout Northern Ireland. 

Antrim and Newtownabbey

Road Speed limit
Ballyclare Road, Glengormley 40mph
Dublin Road, Antrim 60mph
Shore Road, Eden to Belfast 40mph
Antrim Road, Glengormley 30mph
Carnmoney Road, Glengormley 30mph
Doagh Road, Newtownabbey 40mph
Stiles Way, Antrim 40mph

Ards and North Down

Road Speed limit
A2 Belfast to Bangor Road 40mph, 60mph
A20, Greyabbey to Loughdoo Road 30mph, 60mph
Bangor Road, Newtownards 40mph
Bangor Ring Road 40mph
Donaghadee Road, Bangor 30mph
Crawfordsburn Road, Bangor 30mph
Donaghadee Road, Newtownards 30mph

Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon

Road Speed limit
A1 Sprucefield Roundabout to Sheepbridge Road 60mph, 70mph

A3 Monaghan Road, Armagh

30mph, 60mph
Armagh Road, Portadown 30mph , 50mph, 60mph
Gosford Road, Tandragee 60mph

Belfast City

Road Speed limit

A2, Sydenham Bypass (part of the Belfast to Bangor Road route)

50mph
A55 Outer Ring, Belfast (Parkway to Belvoir Road) 30mph, 40mph, 50mph
Ballysillan Road, Belfast 30mph
Castlereagh Road, Belfast 30mph
Cliftonville Road, Belfast 30mph
Crumlin Road, Belfast 30mph
Falls/Anderstown/Stewartstown Road, Belfast 30mph
Glen Road, Belfast 30mph
Malone/Milltown Road, Belfast 30mph, 50mph
Springfield Road, Belfast 30mph
Upper Lisburn Road, Belfast 30mph
Antrim Road, Belfast 30mph
Shore Road, Eden to Belfast 30mph
Balmoral Avenue, Belfast 30mph
Belmont Road, Belfast 30mph
Blacks Road, Belfast 30mph
Castlehill Road, Belfast 30mph
Kings Road, Belfast 30mph
Westland Road, Belfast 30mph
Whiterock Road, Belfast 30mph
Whitewell Road, Belfast 30mph

Causeway Coast and Glens

Road Speed limit
Ballyquin Road, Limavady 30mph, 60mph
A26 Frosses/Crankhill Road Ballymena/Ballymoney 50mph, 60mph
Moyarget Road, Ballycastle 30mph
Cromore Road, Coleraine 40mph

Derry City and Strabane

Road Speed limit
Culmore Road, L'derry 30mph, 40mph
Dungiven Road, L'derry 30mph
Clooney Road, L'derry 50mph
Victoria Road, Magheramason 40mph

Fermanagh and Omagh

Road Speed limit
Cornagrade Road A32, Enniskillen 30mph
A5 Doogary to Ballygawley Roundabout 50mph, 60mph
A4 Enniskillen - Lisbellaw 30mph, 50mph, 60mph
A4 Belfast Road, Maguiresbridge 60mph
Main Street, Derrylin 30mph

Lisburn and Castlereagh City

Road Speed Limit
A1 Sprucefield Roundabout to Sheepbridge Road 60mph, 70mph
Comber Road, Dundonald 30mph
Knockmore Road, Lisburn 50mph
Saintfield Road, Carryduff 50mph
Saintfield Road, Upper Galwally, Belfast 30mph
Prince William Road, Lisburn 50mph
Saintfield Road, Lisburn 60mph
Ballynahinch Road, Carryduff 30mph

Mid and East Antrim

Road Speed Limit
A8, Larne 40mph, 60mph, 70mph
A26 Frosses/Crankhill Rd Ballymena/Ballymoney 50mph, 60mph, 70mph
Galgorm Road, Ballymena 40mph
Woodburn Road, Carrickfergus 30mph
North Road, Carrickfergus 30mph
Prospect Road, Carrickfergus 30mph
Shore Road Eden to Belfast 30mph, 40mph, 50mph
Cushendall Road, Ballymena 30mph
Glenravel Road, Cargan 30mph
Old Glenarm Road, Larne 30mph

Mid Ulster

Road Speed Limit
A29 Cookstown Road 60mph, 70mph
A5 Omagh Road (part of the A5 Doogary to Ballygawley Roundabout route) 60mph
Glenshane Road, Maghera 60mph
Magherafelt Road, Moneymore 30mph

Newry, Mourne and Down

Road Speed Limit
A2 Bloody Bridge to Ballymartin 30mph, 40mph, 50mph, 60mph
A25 Newry to Belleek 30mph, 40mph
Dublin Road, Newry 30mph, 40mph
Dundrum Road, Newcastle 60mph
Mill Hill Castlewellan 40mph
Newry Road, Warrenpoint 30mph
Castlewellan Road, Hilltown 30mph
Rathfriland Road, Hilltown 30mph

Where cameras are installed

Safety Cameras are installed in sites/routes which evidence suggests that there is an injury collision and speeding problem.

Methods are as follows:

  • road traffic collisions with injuries over the past three years are mapped on a computer using a geographic information system
  • clusters of collisions either at specific sites or along routes are identified using specific criteria established by the Partnership Board in line with national standards
  • the Partnership conduct assessments to find the most suitable solution such as signage, engineering works or speed enforcement
  • speed surveys are undertaken at sites to find out if a speeding problem exists
  • statistics from camera sites are monitored to make sure camera enforcement is working

Dormant sites

As of 1 July 2017, the following sites have been made dormant meaning no further enforcement will take place at these sites for 12 months. They will be assessed again after 12 months and depending on the results of the assessment at that time, either the camera signage will be removed or they will be reinstated on the list of enforceable sites.

  • Doogary to Ballygawley roundabout
  • Cromore Road, Coleraine
  • Ballyquin Road, Limavady
  • Glenshane Road, Maghera

Removed sites

The following sites have been removed from list of enforcement sites as engineering changes at these roads have made enforcement impossible or the sites no longer meet the required criteria for enforcement:

Belfast

  • Old Holywood Road, Belfast - speed limit 30mph

Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon

  • Scarva Road, Banbridge - speed limit 30mph

Ards and North Down

  • Portaferry Road, Newtownards - speed limit 40mph

Causeway Coast and Glens

  • Ballycastle Road, Coleraine - speed limit 30mph
  • Foreglen Road, Dungiven - speed limit 60mph
  • Dunhill Road, Limavady - speed limit 60mph
  • Ballyreagh Road, Portrush - speed limit 30mph
  • Ballybogy Road, Ballymoney - speed limit 40mph, 60mph
  • Moyarget Road, Ballycastle - speed limit 60mph

Derry City and Strabane

  • Springtown Road, L'derry - speed limit 30mph
  • Racecourse Road, L'derry - speed limit 30mph

Fermanagh and Omagh

  • A509 Enniskillen to Derrylin Road - speed limit 30mph, 60mph
  • Moorlough Road, Lisnakea - speed limit 60mph

Mid Ulster

  • A4 Ballygawley to Dungannon - speed limit 60mph
  • Tobermore Road Maghera - speed limit - 30mph
  • Drum Road, Cookstown - speed limit 30mph, 60mph

Newry, Mourne and Down

  • SPECs site on the A1 Newry - speed limit 60mph
  • Downpatrick Road, Ardglass - speed limit 30mph
  • Tandragee Road, Bessbrook - speed limit 40mph, 60mph
  • Warrenpoint Road, Newry - speed limit 30mph

Community concern sites

Community concern sites are enforced where there is a well-founded concern, raised through the local Policing and Community Safety Partnership or the PSNI Area Commander, that a failure to reduce speeds will result in collisions causing death or serious injury.

Once approved for enforcement, camera operators use temporary signs at these locations.

Belfast

Town Road Speed limit
Belfast Upper Newtownards Road 30mph

 Antrim & Newtownabbey

Town Road Speed limit
Ballyclare Mill Road  30mph
Ballyrobert Mossley Road 30 mph
Doagh Ballyclare Road  30mph
Doagh Main Street/Mill  Road  30mph
Doagh The Burn Road 30mph
Mallusk Antrim Road  40mph
Parkgate Main Street 30mph
Randalstown Portglenone Road  30mph
Randalstown Staffordstown Road, Creggan 30mph
Templepatrick  A57 Ballyrobin Road 40mph

Ards & North Down

Town Road Speed limit
Ballyhalbert Harbour Road  30mph
Ballyhalbert Shore Road  30mph
Ballywalter Main Street/Springvale Road  30mph
Bangor Ballycrochan Road 30mph
Carrowdore Main Street 30mph
Comber Glen Road 30mph
Cloughey Main Road 30mph
Donaghadee High Bangor Road 30mph
Donaghadee Millisle Road 30mph
Killinchy (Balloo) Comber Road 30mph
Lisbane Killinchy Road 30mph

Armagh, Banbridge & Craigavon

Town Road Speed limit
Loughbrickland Banbridge Road  30mph
Loughbrickland Scarva Street 30mph
Magheralin Newforge Road 30mph
Portadown Dungannon Road 40mph
Scarva Glenloughan Road/Main Street 30mph
Scotch Street Moy Road 30mph
Waringstown Banbridge Road 30mph

Causeway Coast & Glens

Town Road Speed limit
Dungiven A6 Chapel Road  30mph
Feeny Feeny Road  30mph
Waterfoot A2 Garron Road  30mph

Derry City & Strabane

Town Road Speed limit
Ballymagorry A5 Victoria Road  30mph
Derry/Londonderry Glenshane Road, Altnagelvin 30mph
Eglinton Woodvale Road 30mph
Sion Mills A5 Melmount Road  30mph
Victoria Bridge A5 Mulvin Road 60mph

Fermanagh & Omagh

Town Road Speed limit
Augher Main Street/Favour Royal Road 30mph
Ballygawley Church Street 30mph
Ballygawley A5 Omagh Road (Garvaghy) 50mph
Belcoo Main Street/Sligo Road 30mph
Clogher Main Street 30mph
Dromore Galbally Road 30mph
Dromore Omagh Road 30mph
Florencecourt Marble Arch Road 40mph
Irvinestown Lisnarick Road 40mph

Lisburn & Castlereagh

Town Road Speed limit
Carryduff Ballynahinch Road 30mph
Dundonald Old Dundonald Road 30mph
Dundonald Upper Newtownards Road 40mph
Maghaberry Maghaberry Road 30mph

Mid & East Antrim

Town Road Speed limit
Ballymena Taylorstown Road, The Grange 30mph
Greenisland Upper Road 30mph
Larne Ballystrudder Road/Low Road 30mph
Larne Ballyhampton Road 30mph
Whitehead Belfast Road (Knocknagulliagh) 40mph

Mid Ulster

Town Road Speed limit
Aughnacloy Tullyvar Road 60mph
Castledawson Glenshane Road 60mph
Clogher Main Street 30mph
Desertmartin Main Street 30mph
Desertmartin Tobermore Road 30mph
Magherafelt Aughrim Road 40mph
Magherafelt Moneymore Road 30mph

Newry, Mourne & Down

Town Street Speed limit
Ardglass Downpatrick Road

30mph

Ballynahinch Belfast Road 30mph
Ballynahinch Riverside Road 30mph
Darragh Cross Killyleagh Road 40mph
Killinchy (Balloo) Comber Road 30mph
Killyleagh Crossgar Road 30mph
Rathfriland Hilltown Road 30mph
Rostrevor Kilbroney Road 30mph

Reliability of speed detection equipment

All speed detection equipment operated by the Northern Ireland Road Safety Partnership is approved by the Department for Infrastructure (DFI) before it can be used for enforcement.

The equipment goes through rigorous testing to the standards set by the Home Office Scientific Development Branch ,and there are a range of strict procedures for operating the equipment that further assures accuracy. Cameras are only used on specific roads which must meet strict criteria.

Camera calibration certificates

Fixed speed camera calibration certificates

Red-light-running camera calibration certificates

  • Red light running camera certificates (including Castle Street, Millfield, Divis Street, Mill Street, Millfield - Peter's Hill, York Street, Georges Street, Middlepath Street - M3 Onslip, Nelson Street - York Street)

Mobile speed cameras calibration certificates

Human Rights Act

In keeping with the Human Rights Act 1998, the registered keeper of a vehicle can be required to give the details of who was driving at the time the vehicle was speeding. This is not a breach of the individual’s rights to a fair trial.

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