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Smart journey time solution installed on A14 upgrade

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The first ITS solution to enable real time journey information from the National Traffic Operations Centre to be displayed on portable variable message signs has been deployed on Highways England’s A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon upgrade.

ITS (UK) member MVIS has installed its largest ever ‘DATEX’ journey time solution to help drivers navigate roadworks in place for the £1.5Bn major scheme – the biggest in Highways England’s current programme.

The solution is intended to minimise journey disruption for a daily average of 85,000 motorists who use the 21 mile section of road being worked on as part of the scheme. It incorporates 26 variable message signs which display journey times from their locations to the end of the affected stretch of road.

The times shown are calculated using DATEX II actual time journey time data collected from in vehicle sensors and relayed by National Traffic Operations Centre (NTOC). These are renewed every five minutes.

As a result of their generation by the NTOC, the messages displayed replicate precisely those shown on Highways England’s fixed signs, promoting greater continuity and ease of motorist interpretation than has previously been available.

Project director for the A14 Integrated Delivery Team Mark Berg commented: “Together with Highways England, we aim to optimise road users’ experience and this new solution is helping us to achieve that objective as we strive to deliver long term improvements to this exceptionally busy route.”

The A14 upgrade, due to complete in 2020, includes a new bypass to the south of Huntingdon, carriageway widening on A14 between Swavesey and Girton and improvements to the Cambridge northern bypass, as well as an array of other works.

MVIS sales manager Graeme Lee said: “We’re delighted to have this opportunity to implement our new solution on such a significant project. We’ve built a strong reputation both for innovation and trustworthy delivery, and it’s a pleasure to deploy both on this considerable scheme.”