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Busy Traffex bodes well for the future, says ITS (UK)


Last week’s Traffex exhibition was the most upbeat for at least six years, with business improving and the ITS sector exploring collaborative ways of working, wrote ITS (UK) Secretary general Jennie Martin in a new blog post.

She pointed out that the biennial traffic exhibition, held at the NEC near Birmingham, was traditionally a “tarmac and cones type occasion”.

“But reflecting the rising importance of ITS in the UK traffic sector, for the past ten years or so ITS has been conspicuous with the two prime spaces by the entrance taken by Siemens and Imtech, who did so again this year,” she wrote.

Ms Martin also singled out Redspeed and Swarco as having particularly impressive stands, and suggested that the “traditional Traffex landmarks” may face further competition in future.

Other factors she highlighted as contributing to the upbeat show include a more positive approach to standards and specifications and the work of the European Commission with the ITS Directive, as well as the arrival of Highways England.

“The more stable your environment, the easier it is to form and hold on to a long term vision – and the Highways England arrangements promise that stability,” she wrote.

ITS (UK), alongside the CIHT, helped show organiser Brintex with the seminar programme and both had their own adjacent stands at the exhibition.

Society President Steven Norris officially opened the show, gave an opening address in the seminar theatre, and chaired a morning of talks before spending time with Members on their stands.

The ITS (UK) stand was sponsored by TSS Aimsun and GRID. The full blog post can be found at www.its-uk.org.uk