Highway Care’s Temporary Automated Speed Camera at Roadworks (TASCAR) barrier-the BG800 has been installed for the first time to help keep roadworkers safe while working on them.
The company was chosen by Graham Construction to supply and install 8,200m of the BG800 TSCAR system on the M11 as part of junction improvements for Essex County Council. The creation of a new junction is to aid the easing of congestion and support economic and housing growth in Harlow and the surrounding area. Along with the new link road, Gilden Way will be upgraded to improve access to Harlow’s road network, help facilitate growth and create better connectivity for residents, businesses and visitors. Six columns of TASCAR were installed across approximately 5km, on both the North and South carriageways, to aid the major roadworks that are happening on the M11 J7A.
Highway Care was chosen by Graham because of its past experience of integrating barriers with CCTV as well as its ability to supply and install BG800 barrier as a joined-up solution, protecting roadworkers whilst they carried out these essential major works and to ensure 60 mph zones were adhered to.
The TASCAR system enables traffic to flow through this busy area while work continues, in the quickest manner possible but it also ensures speed restrictions are kept to and road workers are kept as safe as possible. Both Highway Care and GRAHAM stand for safety, especially where road workers are concerned.
Neology’s Home Office Type Approved (HOTA) Average Speed Solution is already established on the Highways England network, as well as approved for use internationally, which provides proven benefits to the road safety of roadworkers on the network, as well as smoothing the flow of traffic through often long, and congested areas of the network, whilst speed restrictions are in place.
The partnership provides a turn-key offering for contractors working on the strategic road network and local road network, by providing innovation services.
Mark Bird, National TASCAR Project Manager, said: “It was great to get our first TASCAR project awarded to help keep roadworkers safe during work on the M11 project. We continue to work closely with our technology partner Neology as well as Graham-who helped make the whole process seamless.
“Highway Care had invested early in equipment and stock which made it easier to deploy at short notice – we are always looking for more innovative products and efficient methods to offer increased levels of service to our customers and increase safety on the network. It was also good to have such an experienced workforce who were already experts of the machines they were operating which made the installation of the camera infrastructure as smooth as possible.”