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SRL and SVS join forces on A46 Binley roundabout upgrade

SRL and SVS join forces on A46 Binley roundabout upgrade

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Using Urban64® for Short Term Projects | Junction 24a, M8, Scotland

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ChallengeThe challenge

With four approaches to the roundabout this significant project required a temporary traffic management system that could ensure both road user and pedestrian safety while allowing the construction of the flyover to progress as seamlessly as possible. The project involved the widening of the approaches to the roundabout which had the potential to cause problems with using existing road loops.

The main contractor on the site, Osborne, appointed H W Martin (Traffic Management) Ltd who in turn contacted SRL to provide to deliver a temporary traffic management solution that could meet the project’s specific requirements.

SolutionThe solution

Having worked together on many projects, the team at H W Martin knew the best solution for this project was SRL’s Urban64® Intelligent Temporary System because it could closely most replicate the permanent system that had been in place

Linked using MOVA technology, Urban64 offers significant benefits over traditional ‘poles and barrels’ solutions. For example, it is installed using ELV (extra low voltage) overhead cabling, which is faster and simpler to install. It’s flexible too, facilitating key adjustments to system layout including the re-routing of pedestrian areas through the centre of the roundabout which meant pedestrians could move safely and freely around the works being undertaken.

The Urban64® system now utilises state of the art multi lane radar technology from smartmicro® to provide virtual MOVA loops which eliminates the need to physically install or maintain MOVA loops in the carriageway. As each approach to the Binley roundabout was widened, SRL was able to relocate virtual loops quickly and easily.

Conscious of the need to minimise the amount of equipment on site while ensuring traffic flowed as efficiently as possible, SRL collaborated with Smart Video & Sensing Ltd (‘SVS’) to design a bespoke radar detection solution that combines the benefits of the Urban64 system with the superior detection offered by their smartmicro®UMRR-11 Type 45 radar.

The radar, which is mounted on a primary signal pole, can see up to 200 metres with 97% accuracy, delivering superior detection compared to other products on the market. In addition, its highly advanced sensor technology enables it to differentiate between objects even in areas where many vehicles are closely spaced: for example, in stop-and-go traffic at busy intersections - as was the case at the Binley roundabout.

The SVS smartmicro UMRR-11 solution also offered remote connectivity and visual verification, which enabled SRL and H W Martin to adapt detection protocols as the project progressed and the site layout changed.

Together SRL’s Urban64 and the SVS smartmicro UMRR-11 solution have made the signal installation and traffic management at the Binley roundabout as smooth and efficient as possible, keeping pedestrians safe, road users moving and site workers able to get on with the construction of the flyover.

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“Using SRL’s Urban64 system has really impacted on project efficiency, enabling us to keep working around the roundabout and keep traffic flowing. In fact, the ability of Urban64 to respond to congestion in real time meant less queuing traffic than we had using permanent signals. But perhaps the biggest benefit for us is the flexibility to reconfigure the system quickly and easily as the project progresses and traffic management requirements change. I would definitely consider the Urban64 system for similar projects in future.”

Mark Sludds

Traffic Signals Technician

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