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MTS portable ITS provide the ideal solution for M8 project


A targeted traffic management system to reduce congestion during roadworks on the M8.

MTS portable ITS provide the ideal solution for M8 project


A targeted traffic management system to reduce congestion during roadworks on the M8.

MTS portable ITS provide the ideal solution for M8 project


Date: 12th January 2012

Mobile Traffic Solutions (MTS) joined forces with BEAR Scotland to deliver a targeted traffic management system to reduce congestion during roadworks on the M8.

BEAR Scotland, an integrated service provider within the Scottish roads sector, turned to MTS to produce an ITS strategy involving the deployment of a queue detection system and portable Variable Message Signs (mVMS) to monitor traffic flows and keep road users informed of possible delays during resurfacing works on the Westbound M8, at Livingston.

The works involved the closure of one or two lanes over a weekend period – with the potential for significant impact on the flow of traffic along the motorway.

However, with the deployment of three mVMS systems from MTS – strategically placed along the M8 – advance warnings were presented to motorists, allowing them to seek alternative routes and helping to reduce congestion.

This information was also relayed to Traffic Scotland’s control centre, providing content for the permanent Variable Message Signs in the central belt of Scotland to be updated as required.

The equipment provided to BEAR Scotland also served another purpose – using the latest sensor and camera technology to capture traffic flow data through the roadworks, this is being used for modelling purposes to help streamline traffic management processes in similar locations in the future.

Dr Iain Borthwick, managing director of MTS, said “The complex nature of this scheme and the tight timescales for completion meant that complete confidence in the products and solutions was of paramount importance to the success of the project.

“MTS is renowned for providing robust, reliable and fully compliant products, together with excellent customer service and support, and we were able to work with BEAR Scotland to deliver a successful outcome.”

MTS supplied three Advantage 4280 portable Variable Message Signs for the project. A full matrix LED trailer mounted sign, certified to comply with EN12966-1:2005, the Advantage 4280 is easy to manoeuvre, operate and maintain – and utilises the latest in innovative solar technology to deliver a highly energy efficient system.

Providing motorists and other users ‘real-time’ information, the sign is capable of displaying the highest legibility in messages and graphics and is utilised as a method of traffic management for road works, congestion, speed control, events and accident management.

Two of the Advantage 4280 signs introduced on the M8 works were linked to a Queue Detection module, incorporating the T25-CCTV, fitted with a non-intrusive side fired radar system which can be used to collect real time data.  The data can be used immediately to enable speedy sign message changes or stored for benchmarking similar projects in the future.

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