Intelligent transport management for England

Intelligent transport management for England

The installation of a new £30 million 'intelligent transport management' system could help to transform traffic on England's motorways and major A roads.

Set to be installed at the Highways England regional control centre in Wakefield, West Yorkshire, the system will then be rolled out nationwide if it is proven successful.

Delivered by Austrian firm Kapsch TrafficCom, the technology will integrate a range of existing disparate functions into one traffic management package, helping to bring together the operation of different roadside devices.

Neil Widdop, services procurement team leader at Highways England, said: "The new system will allow us to improve our operational efficiencies through use of a modern, national, integrated system.

"As we improve our operational efficiency, we can expect road users to benefit from quicker responses to incidents leading to improved safety and greater convenience for drivers."

The project to install the new technology is taking place this month, with regional testing to begin in the near future.

It is hoped that by bringing together traffic management systems in this manner, a more efficient approach to network management can be achieved, while also helping in the development of an in-depth picture of traffic hotspots and areas of concern.

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