Amey has secured a contract with Transport Scotland to operate, maintain and upgrade the motorway and trunk road technology infrastructure across the whole of Scotland.
Amey will work with Transport Scotland’s Traffic Scotland agency to inspect and improve all intelligent transport systems, transmission buildings and associated communications equipment.
Amey, a national UK highways services provider, has more than 12,000 intelligent transport system (ITS) assets across Scotland where it will operate and maintain variable messaging signs, CCTV, emergency roadside telephones and various power and communication cabinets.
Amey, which has been Transport Scotland’s ITS equipment maintenance provider since December 2004, said the new contract is worth around €7 million (£6 million) annually and will begin in March. It will run for five years and has the option to extend for up to a further two years, noted Peter Anderson, managing director of transport infrastructure at Amey.
Amey has worked with Transport Scotland for over 20 years, managing and maintaining hundreds of miles of the motorway and trunk road network across Scotland, as well as providing key consultancy services such as asset management, design services and environmental management.
Traffic Scotland, part of Transport Scotland, aims to minimise the effects of congestion, breakdowns and unforeseen events. The Traffic Scotland service delivers traveller information for the Scottish Trunk Road network through what the agency calls a process of “monitor, control and inform”.
Traffic Scotland monitors the network using CCTV, roadside hardware, communication with the police, weather forecasts and major event management services. All information collected through the monitoring process is processed within the Traffic Scotland Control Centre that operates 24 hours a day.
The traffic and travel information processed by the Centre is disseminated via the Traffic Scotland website, the Traffic Customer Care Line, the Traffic Scotland mobile website, the Traffic Scotland Information Kiosks, road side variable message signs.