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SRL expands into high speed sector and opens market's largest ITS depot

SRL expands into high speed sector and opens market's largest ITS depot

05-08-2020

SRL is expanding into the high speed variable message sign (VMS) market, with a multi-million pound investment in a fleet of large VMS units designed for high speed dual carriageways and motorways. This expansion coincides with SRL’s launch of the UK’s largest distribution depot, designed to further enhance customer delivery times.

The Smart High Speed Messenger fleet will arrive late summer and is already extensively booked as there is strong demand for the UK manufactured SWARCO product. Designed specifically for the UK market, the SWARCO full colour mobile VMS are the highest resolution available.

The new Smart High Speed Messenger features active display dimensions of 2.4m (80 pixels) x 1.44m (48 pixels). The signs allow direct control by Highways England and Local Authorities, via their own Urban Traffic Management Control (UTMC) platforms. The new fleet are all TOPAS TR2516C approved and exceed CE specifications in accordance with BS EN12966, providing legibility, energy-efficiency and luminance in excess of the standards required.

Largest ITS depot in the UK

The new fleet coincides with the July launch of the largest ITS depot in the UK and Republic of Ireland. Measuring around 12,000 sq ft, the new 'super depot' in Romford will become SRL's VMS Centre of Excellence, offering high quality training and customer meeting facilities as well as equipment repair operations.

The new 'super depot' will replace the Upminster outpost and will house a selection of the SRL product range, including the innovative Urban64 semi-permanent system, enabling rapid mobilisation for the southern England market. 

Another new operation in Telford will open in August to allow swifter delivery to the north of England and Wales. This Telford unit brings SRL's distribution network to 29 depots, the largest in the UK and Republic of Ireland.

This latest SRL investment and move into the high speed VMS market, with the delivery of a large fleet of the Smart High Speed Messenger signs, confirms SRL’s commitment and growth in the ITS market.

With the Smart High Speed Messenger already generating demand, combined with the opening of the new super depot and Telford operations will further improve SRL’s speed of delivery, and will enhance the market-leading customer service for which SRL is well known.

To find out more about SRL's Smart High Speed Messenger or Urban64 or our new depots, get in touch.

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