The Highways Agency and traffic cameras

The High­ways Agency owns over 1500 Traf­fic Cam­eras and has been using them to assist with the man­age­ment of traf­fic on the trunk road and motor­way net­work in Eng­land for nearly 30 years. Wales and Scot­land have sep­a­rate operations.

The traf­fic cam­eras are usu­ally mounted on 12m high masts on the grass verge or on over­head gantries but are often incon­spic­u­ous because they are not painted with high vis­i­bil­ity paint, pri­mar­ily because they are not used for speed enforcement.

Pri­mary users

The pri­mary users of the traf­fic cam­eras are the High­ways Agency’s Regional and National Traf­fic Oper­a­tions Cen­tre oper­a­tors. The oper­a­tors are able to move and zoom the cam­eras to mon­i­tor and man­age con­ges­tion and inci­dents. The cam­eras give a bird’s eye view of what is hap­pen­ing which helps the oper­a­tor to decide on the sup­port needed.

Types of camera

For an overview of the dif­fer­ent types of cam­era please visit the Cam­eras — Fair Pro­cess­ing Notice page.

Traf­fic cam­era images

The High­ways Agency has devel­oped poli­cies and a tech­ni­cal inter­face that will allow stake­hold­ers to view the images in a for­mat suit­able for their needs. The mech­a­nism by which stake­hold­ers are linked to the High­ways Agency’s traf­fic cam­eras is known as the VIH (Video Infor­ma­tion Highway).

An inno­v­a­tive part­ner­ing approach with media organ­i­sa­tions and web hosts has been imple­mented, allow­ing nom­i­nated third par­ties or ‘media part­ners’ to access and dis­sem­i­nate still and live images to the pub­lic through their own traf­fic news bul­letins and websites.

Who can access traf­fic cam­era images?

Every­body can access traf­fic cam­era images through www.trafficengland.com

The High­ways Agency has devel­oped var­i­ous ser­vices that will allow stake­hold­ers such as oper­a­tional part­ners and stake­hold­ers to view traf­fic cam­era images, how­ever this ser­vice is cur­rently suspended.