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Highways Agency signs £57m deal to improve traffic information

By: Chris Taylor
11 July 2011

The UK's national roads agency has signed a £57 million contract that will improve traffic information for all drivers, Computing.co.uk reports.

The new National Traffic Information Service (NTIS) will make more "efficient use of the existing road network" by providing timely and accurate data about traffic flows throughout the county.

The seven-year contract between the Highways Agency and consulting group Mouchel - alongside electronic systems provider Thales - will replace the existing National Traffic Control Centre.

Replacing the ageing system with something more powerful will only be a good thing for UK motorists, and could particularly help out those involved in the logistics recruitment sector by shortening delivery times.

"The NTIS is central to the Highways Agency's role of managing traffic and making the most efficient use of the existing road network," declared roads minister Mike Penning, according to a Highways.gov.uk statement.

"Timely and accurate traffic information helps both private and commercial road users to plan their journeys, avoiding delays and congestion that add to the cost of journeys," he added.

The Highways Agency said that the new service will maintain its capability to "collect data about traffic, planned events and current events; process this data to give a real-time national view of traffic conditions on the motorway and trunk road network; and assess the impact of events and traffic flows so staff can make decisions on the best response."

It will additionally publish real-time traffic - in addition to event information - through online resources such as the DirectGov website and mobile devices.

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