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M8 Closure Journey Times Monitored by Clearview Intelligence

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Technology from ITS (UK) member Clearview Intelligence was used to keep motorists up to date with live journey times during a ten week diversion on all M8/A8 approaches to Scotland’s Baillieston interchange recently.

Transport Scotland introduced the diversions from mid-February while work to connect a newly built section of the M8 motorway with the existing road network was carried out.

Throughout this period the transport authority alongside Amey put in place live journey time monitoring and information displays to help drivers make informed choices about their journey routes.

Clearview Intelligence – as journey time intelligence supply partner to Amey – proposed expanding on the existing Bluetooth based journey time monitoring network by adding six new M830 monitoring devices around the diversion routes.

The combination of new and existing M830 devices feeding into Clearview Insight Cloud software meant Transport Scotland could display live journey times at its Traffic Control Room, located at the Forth Road Bridge. This in turn allowed the control room operators to feed journey time information to mobile roadside VMS units for the benefit of the travelling public.

Amey principal engineer Kenny White said: “Keeping the public up to date with live journey times, particularly during major projects like this, is really important. We have a proven track record of working with Clearview to provide accurate journey time monitoring across the network, and trusted that their approach for this scheme would keep road users informed, and keep traffic moving.”

Clearview Intelligence’s head of solutions Andy Salotti added: “Having a journey time monitoring system well established with Amey and Transport Scotland means that when any new or temporary requirements are needed then it makes sense to plug these into that solution, and reap the benefits of the existing infrastructure and information flows.”