A9 gets new traffic management tech

Published: 07 April 2017

A9 gets new traffic management tech
The issue:
A road usually described as one of the most hazardous roads in the United Kingdom: the A9, is set to receive development for updated technology that will ensure speed enforcement.

Highways Authority: Transport Scotland engaged suppliers using Crown Commercial Service’s Traffic Management Technology (TMT) agreement, supplying speed limit enforcement systems.
The supplier used to develop the technology, giving the A9 SPECs cameras all across the route is none other than JENOPTIK Traffic Solutions UK, who specialise in on-road technology. The technology which was originally manufactured by Speed Check Services (which is the origin of the technology’s name) is a speed enforcement system which uses linked Automatic Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras which observe the average speed of traffic on a particular section of the road or a network of roads and takes a record of all data collected.
SPECS cameras confirm a demonstrable and consistent influence on road user’s behaviour, meaning they reduce casualties as drivers comply with the required speed limits meaning a harmonisation of vehicle speeds where the technology has been installed. 
With the TMT agreement making tendering and evaluation procedures simpler, faster and more efficient as well as cost effective for Transport Scotland, they can focus time and resources in other sectors.
The results:
Following the update to the A9 there has been a significant decline in Killed or Seriously Injured (KSI) casualties, the most recent figures show accident rates at a reduction of 62% when compared with previous data for the A9. The journey time reliability on the route has also improved along with the reduction of incidents and incident impact.
The project has been acknowledged nationwide, with Transport Scotland being awarded a Prince Michael International Road Safety Award in December 2016.
Find out more about CCS below:
CCS has recently superseded the TMT agreement with a broader and modernised replacement. This agreement offers the public sector a competitive route to market for goods and services in this field with access to 87 suppliers.
If you would like to know more about our Traffic Management Technology 2 agreement, take a look at the dedicated Traffic Management Technology webpage or call us on 0345 410 2222.
The Crown Commercial Service (CCS) works with central government departments and organisations across the whole of the public sector to maximise the commercial benefit of public procurement and improve the quality of service delivery.
The CCS goal is to become the “go-to” place for expert commercial and procurement services.
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