Tuesday, January 27, 2015

New Traffic Management Information Available for UK City Truck Drivers

State of the Art Signage Has the Ability to Show Live Stream Footage
Shipping News Feature

UK – Truck drivers and other motorists will welcome the new system of state of the art road signs being installed in Greater Manchester, the first eight of which are now operational. The variable messaging signs (VMS) are now fully operational on roads across the region, displaying live journey time estimates and details of road traffic incidents and disruption. A further 19 signs are expected to be operational by the end of March 2015.

The full colour matrix signs can display both text and graphics, such as standard road sign symbols, and are linked directly to the state-of-the-art urban traffic control room at Transport for Greater Manchester’s headquarters with the aim of developing the system using the link and allowing it, in the long-term, to provide information such as live diversions, comparisons between public transport journey times and cycling data.

Each sign is carefully located near to a key decision point, such as the intersection of a main route, a park and ride site, a major train station, an interchange or a Metrolink stop and the signs are also able to display photographs and live stream footage, which will futureproof them should the current legislation change. Chair of the Transport for Greater Manchester Committee, Councillor Andrew Fender, said:

“We are determined to see continuing improvement in road safety across Greater Manchester’s roads and, in the short-term, this strategically-located signage network will allow drivers to make safer and more informed driving choices while on the move. However, the system’s link to the region’s traffic ‘nerve centre’ opens up the potential for a number of exciting developments to this system, which we will look at developing as road users familiarise themselves with the signs. In the future we will be able to tell drivers not just about the problems ahead but also what a viable alternative might be, for example turning left ahead to use a park and ride site.”