The trunk road maintenance and management company Scotland TranServ has received a national road safety award for deploying a ‘smart’ vehicle activated sign system to help address a a problem with HGV collisions.
The need for a VAS scheme on the A75 through Dumfries and Galloway was identified after detailed examination of 10-years of statistics highlighted a potential issue with a disproportionate number of HGV collisions on this stretch of road.
Scotland TranServ and Transport Scotland worked with Clearview Intelligence to develop the ‘smart’ signs, which identify a vehicle class and therefore its speed limit by its axle length.
The VAS receives this information via inductive traffic loops sunk in the carriageway approximately 100m from the sign in both approaches.
Stuart Wilson, Transport Scotland’s network operations manager, said: “Scotland has some of the safest roads in the world and we have achieved this through the sustained use of evidence and innovation in promoting road safety interventions.
“This award for the A75 is welcome recognition of the work undertaken on this important route. We will continue to bring forward appropriate road safety improvements on the A75 where these can be expected to support progress towards our 2020 casualty reduction targets.”
Vince Tait, Scotland TranServ’s road safety manager, said: “We identified a real need for the A75 and worked with Transport Scotland to develop the project and bring that to fruition, with long-term benefits for the safety of road users and particularly the hundreds of HGV drivers using this main artery every day.”
Evan Ferguson, Scotland TranServ’s planned maintenance manager, added: “Vince and his team are at the forefront of strategic road safety planning in the UK.
“What is most pleasing about their work is that behind each of these award-winning schemes is a road safety project designed to prevent injury and save lives.”
*Scotland TranServ, a joint venture between Balfour Beatty and Mouchel, provides a broad range of roads management and maintenance services on behalf of Transport Scotland. Its network spans more than 600km of motorways and trunk roads from Balloch to Stranraer and includes around 1,800 structures.