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Agency installs CCTVs to ease eclipse traffic chaos

ROAD CONGESTION hot-spots en route to Devon and Cornwall are being wired up with CCTV so engineers can reduce traffic jams as motorists rush to see the eclipse on 11 August.

Amey Highways this week started erecting the camera masts at six pinch points on the M5, A30, A38 and A361.

Pictures from the £150,000 scheme will be relayed to a central traffic control room at Devon County Hall in Exeter.

Information should show which routes are running and which are at a standstill. This will be relayed to drivers on the rest of the trunk road network via radio, web sites, information lines and variable messaging systems so they can replan their journeys to avoid queues.

The Highways Agency and West Country local authorities are expecting between 500,000 and 4M people to converge on the area at eclipse time. CCTV is part of a road transport strategy to cope with the volume and also includes pre-signed diversions and instant response teams for breakdowns.

The Agency also plans to encourage supermarkets and other organisations to reschedule deliveries for night time, when there will be spare capacity on the South West's roads. No roadworks will be allowed for two weeks around the eclipse date.

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