Switching Service and CoverMe Signal Bags
Switching from permanent to temporary traffic lights, so that roadworks can be undertaken, can be time consuming, expensive and involve several journeys to and from site, increasing carbon emissions.
SRL’s unique Switching Service, with option to use CoverMe Signal Bags, has revolutionised the process making it significantly more efficient, cost effective and environmentally friendly.
About SRL’s Switching Service
SRL site personnel have been specifically trained for cabinet access to permanent lights and are therefore able to provide a switching service to decommission permanent lights while roadworks are undertaken and turn them back on once the project is complete.
They also perform a visual inspection before lights are turned off and again once they’ve been turned back on.This service eliminates the significant delays experienced waiting for a signal engineer to arrive.
About CoverMe Signal Bags
To remove the need to ‘bag’ permanent lights at height, SRL in partnership with Peter Hoban (director of Innovative Road Safety Solutions Ltd) is now uniquely able to offer CoverMe bags.
Made from PVC, CoverMe Signal Bags are manufactured to a patented design that allows an individual on the ground using an extension pole to open out a solid top cover and attach it to the traffic signal head 6m above ground level, before securing it with bungee cords.
Visually striking, CoverMe Signal Bags make it clear to road users that permanent lights are no longer in use and have been designed in full compliance with the Chapter Six requirements.
This solution removes the need to have separate signal engineer on site and (by removing the need for work at height) significantly improves safety on site.
SRL's Switching Service offers significant benefits for traffic management companies and local authorities including
Reduced carbon emissions
fewer visits to site needed
SRL service approximately 50% cheaper than separately arranged decommissioning service
During a site test - within 20-30 minutes of swapping correctly timed SRL traffic lights (with a back up of traffic up to 100-130+meters) with our Adaptive Detection System both sides of the delays were gone.
with Chapter Six traffic control/associated equipment requirements
permanent signals inspected as they are turned off and turned back on
And by using CoverMe Signal Bags in conjunction with our Switching Service, can eliminate both the need for
a separate signal engineer and the risks associated with working at height, instantly improving safety on site.
Making the switch in Leeds with Colas Group
One of the first deployments of SRL’s Cover Me Signal Bags was with Colas Group on a junction on Dewsbury Road into Leeds, part of the City Connect 3 project.
SRL Eurolights were being installed while temporarily works were undertaken. Once these had been connected to a portable UTMC device, SRL site operatives switched off and bagged 12 permanent lights - and pedestrian buttons – before activating the temporary lights and enabling work to begin.
SRL's ability to decommission and bag off permanent lights before they switch on the temporary system is a win win for me. It saves time and money and totally eradicates the working at height risk on site. I don’t have to have a signal engineer on standby - it’s one less thing for me to worry about.
Says Patrick Slicker at Colas Group
SRL’s Switching Service
Made from PVC, our CoverMe Signal Bags are manufactured to a patented design that allows a solid top cover to open out and attach to the traffic signal head 6m above ground level using an extension pole and secured using bungee cords.
Visually striking, CoverMe Signal Bags make it clear to road users that permanent lights are no longer in use and have been designed in full compliance with the Chapter Six requirements. What’s more they can be deployed from the ground by SRL personnel already on site, removing the need for a separate signal engineer to attend and reducing the potential for costly delays.