Scotland’s M8 closure journey times monitored by Clearview Intelligence
As part of a significant upgrade to the Scottish motorway network Transport Scotland put in place a 10-week diversion on all M8/A8 approaches to the Baillieston interchange while they connected the newly built M8 motorway section with the existing network.
Throughout the period of the necessary diversion, Transport Scotland, worked with Amey as their Operations and Infrastructures Services Contract provider, put in place live journey time monitoring and information displays to help drivers make informed choices on their journey routes.
Clearview Intelligence, as journey time intelligence supply partner to Amey, proposed expanding on the existing Bluetooth-based journey time monitoring network by adding six new M830 devices around the diversion routes.
The combination of new and existing M830 devices feeding into the existing Clearview Insight Cloud software meant Transport Scotland could see the live journey times, and display these at their Traffic Control Room located at the Forth Road Bridge. This functionality allowed the Control Room operators to then feed journey time information on the mobile roadside VMS units.
“Keeping the public up-to-date with live journey times, particularly during major projects like this, is really important. We have a proven track record of working with Clearview to provide accurate journey time monitoring across the network, and trusted that their approach for this scheme would keep road users informed, and keep traffic moving.” Kenny White, Principle Engineer, Amey.
The small size and solar powered capability of the M830 devices means they could be quickly and easily deployed across a trunk road network and be connected to Clearview’s Insight Cloud software, which then feeds live journey time information direct to strategically positioned VMS signs at the roadside where it is most beneficial to the road user.
Clearview Intelligence’s Head of Solutions, Andy Salotti comments “Having a journey time monitoring system well established with Amey and Transport Scotland means that when any new or temporary requirements are needed then it makes sense to plug these into that solution, and reap the benefits of the existing infrastructure and information flows.”