Highways England is adding an extra two years to the duration of the next National Traffic Information Service to make it run for at least seven years.
The contract, currently held by a JV between WSP and Thales, is being tendered for at the moment and its value has been increased by £12 million to £62 million to reflect the increase from five years.
NTIS collects, processes, validates and analyses traffic data and traffic event information, collates and disseminates it, collects historic data for planning purposes, assists HE’s Regional Operations Centres and helps HE meet its performance outcomes.
The change of duration was first picked up by TheRegister.co.uk. It says a spokeswoman said the prior information notice value was based on a five-year contract. In the three months since the consultation, the agency has decided to add two years to the expected contract length, taking the value to £62 million in the contract notice.
The spokeswoman said the NTIS would continue to support the DATEX II standard