Images are linked to each camera’s webpage. The council provides a new image every five minutes, images above update automatically.
Cambridgeshire County Council list links to recent images from nineteen traffic monitoring CCTV cameras from their Live Travel > Traffic Cameras webpage.
Images from forty-three cameras available to view online, however twenty-three are unlisted. The full list of available camera images is as follows:
- A1096 Westbound
- St Ives B1096 Harrison Way
- C7 ST IVES P&R CAR PARK (WEST)
- C6 ST IVES P&R CAR PARK (EAST)
- C8 ST IVES P&R CAR PARK (NORTH)
- Swavesey Stop
- Swavesey Jct E/b
- Swavesey Jct W/b
- B1050 Jct Eastbound
- B1050 Jct Westbound
- C29 Longston P&R Access Rd (F)
- C25 LONGSTANTON STOP
- Longstanton P&R entrance
- C27 LONGSTON P&R CAR PARK (SOUTH)
- C26 LONGSTON P&R CAR PARK (EAST)
- C35 OAKINGTON STOP
- Oakington Jct Eastbound
- Oakington Jct Westnound
- Histon Park Ln Westbound
- Histon Stop Westbound side
- Histon Stop Eastbound side
- Histon Station Rd Eastbound
- Histon Station Rd Westbound
- CRC Jct Eastbound
- CRC Jct Westbound
- CRC (PTZ)
- C65 SCIENCE PARK STOP
- C62 Milton Rd (PTZ)
- C61 Milton Rd Junction W-bound (F)
- Graham Rd Jct E/b
- B1049 Histon Rd (PTZ)
- Chiefton Way Jct E/b
- C81 Chariot Way Junction E-b (F)
- Kings Hedges Rd / Orchard Pk E/b
- Kings Hedges Rd / Orchard Pk W/b
- C115 TRUMPINGTON STOP
- C111 Trumpington Cut North (F)
- C112 Trumpington Cut South (F)
- C5 ST IVES STOP
- C9 St Ives P&R Access Rd (F)
- C101 CBC Junction
- C117 Trumpington Cut South
- C116 Trumpington Cut North
Recent images from those cameras within Cambridge are shown at the top of this article.
What I suspect has happened is a council officer has selected the cameras they consider to be of most use to the public looking at traffic and have published a list of those. The cameras which almost exclusively cover the guided busway have been excluded from the public list. That appears sensible. I can’t imagine why the park and ride car park cameras are listed though if the aim is to provide traffic information.
My attention was drawn to these cameras when the traffic camera system was included in a list of resources published in advance of a Hack Cambridge event to be held on the 31st of October; encouraging local residents to look at what is available and think about what could be done with it.
Quite what you could usefully hack together using images from these cameras I don’t know. Maybe there are people who would find a Twitter account regularly tweeting an image of Milton Road useful?
- Freight or delivery services could use the live feed to follow traffic traffic conditions and plan routes accordingly
- Radio stations could add a live camera feed to a traffic news page
- Organisations with staff intranets could add the traffic camera feed so people can plan their journeys home
Perhaps some good first steps would be a comprehensive list, promoting their existence, and getting more cameras online.
While “PTZ” in the Cambridgeshire camera names suggests the cameras can be panned, tilted and zoomed the council doesn’t appear to have made these controls available to members of the public viewing the images online.
While researching these cameras I read that Cambridge City Council provide some of its CCTV images to the County Council for traffic monitoring (something omitted from published information on the City’s CCTV system), and that the police now use ANPR cameras initially installed to monitor congestion for monitoring cars entering and leaving Cambridge.
Not all of the County Council’s traffic monitoring cameras appear to be available online. For example the cameras on Newmarket Road at the junction with Tesco and the retail park are not present, neither is the camera on the Milton Road, King’s Hedges Road, Green End Road junction.
Cambridgeshire County Council currently asks search engines not to crawl pages on its live travel data webpages.