MOBIIE Limited, an IBI Group and Egis Joint Venture, takes on a five-year contract to operate the Traffic Scotland National Control Centre and manage the Scottish Trunk road network today, overseeing more than 2,175 miles (3,500 km) of roads including the key inter-city motorways.
Previous operator Amey will now operate, maintain and upgrade motorway and trunk road technology in the country.
The Traffic Scotland National Control Centre provides a 24/7 control room with a fully joined-up response during major travel incidents and severe weather as well as monitoring the daily operation of Scotland’s Trunk road network and co-ordinating the response to incidents as they occur. By managing the operation of the control centre, Egis and IBI Group have committed to improve the safety and efficiency of the road network by delivering the core services including the:
· Monitoring of the road network, that carries approximatively 38% of all traffic in Scotland
· Provision of traffic data management and road network performance reporting with data from over 3500 traffic monitoring units
· Communication of traffic and travel information for the Scottish road network via radio, digital and social media channels, that includes more than 300,000 Twitter followers
· Planning and responding to special events, roadworks and incidents, utilising 340 Variable Message Signs and over 1000 Motorway electronic signs on the network
· Facilities management services for the 1200m2 of control centre and an exhibition room that welcomes visitors and dignitaries to the centre
Acknowledging the end of the contract, Kenny White TSOIS Amey Contractor’s Representative wrote, “As the Amey managed Traffic Scotland Operations and Infrastructure Service contract concludes at midnight on 6 March, I would like to thank everyone who has worked and supported our service delivery, contributing to accurate and timely information shared with road users and stakeholders across the trunk road network since October 2012.
On reflecting on achievements, much has changed in terms of needs and expectations of road users, and the technology and innovation required to deliver this. We have been faced with challenges such as keeping traffic moving during major events such as the Commonwealth Games, Ryder Cup, COP26, the closure of the Forth Road Bridge, the opening of the Queensferry
Crossing, severe weather conditions including the Beast from the East, and of course Covid-19. Our control room operators, front-line workers maintaining equipment, and back-room staff have worked tirelessly to inform travellers and other stakeholders via status reports, ITS equipment and social media.”
He concluded by saying, “From 7 March 2022, MOBIIE will be taking over as the Traffic Scotland Operations contractor and Amey will be providing the Infrastructure services for Traffic Scotland. I wish everyone involved best wishes for the future.”
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