TWM awarded contract to improve traffic management on Tay Road Bridge
TWM Traffic Control Systems Ltd – a division of Manchester-based sustainability experts Pilot Group – has been awarded a contract by the Tay Road Bridge Joint Board (TRBJB) to maintain and improve traffic management systems on the historic bridge at Tay Road.
The two-year maintenance contract, with a one-year extension option, is complemented by an additional communication system requirement to upgrade a number of existing panels to a 4G system and integrate them into the existing TRAMS control, thanks to a 2G network, Paknet, which is now redundant.
Variable message signs are used to improve and control congestion, warning drivers of speeding violations, unexpected hazards, and any impending restrictions on bridges due to extreme weather conditions. Strategically positioned signs on the Dundee and Fife approaches to the bridge are part of a wider Intelligent Transport System (ITS).
The Tay Road Bridge carries the A92 road across the Firth of Tay from Newport-on-Tay in Fife to Dundee and is used by up to 27,000 vehicles per day. As part of the two-phase project, which began in February 2022, TWM has also been selected as the preferred supplier for a potential third phase to replace aging signaling within the system.
Using a combination of sensor technology and wireless communications, TWM Traffic’s ITS solutions can be tailored to any application businesses may need on infrastructure networks.
Chris Rayner, National Sales Manager for TWM, said: “We are extremely pleased to have been awarded this contract as it represents a great opportunity for TWM to work with the Tay Road Bridge. It also showcases the experience gained from the recent acquisition of the urban driving environment division of signaling systems company vms to enhance our capabilities in the ITS market and is the result of excellent work by the director vms business development, Robert Scrafton, and team. .”
“We have a passion for developing equipment that improves road safety for drivers and we believe the improved signs will allow us to increase road safety throughout the region, improve traffic flow and ultimately , reduce congestion on the bridge. We look forward to seeing the results of these improvements and continuing our relationship with the TRBJB in the future. »
Alan Hutchison, Bridge Manager at TRBJB, said: “With our current system, there are often delays in discovering issues on the bridge, which adds pressure to the team. The new, fully functional system will be faster, more user-friendly and can be updated from the Tay Road Bridge control room, giving us greater flexibility and better control of traffic in the area.
“As well as benefiting our organisation, we hope to improve the experience of the people of Dundee by significantly improving traffic flow over the bridge. We look forward to working closely with the TWM team to deliver a successful project that will benefit the region for years to come. »