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06 June 2008

Mott MacDonald helps keep Edinburgh drivers informed

Mott MacDonald is helping to expand City of Edinburgh Council’s Route and Car Park Guidance (R&CPG) System. The system will be extended to include six additional variable message signs, as well as occupancy signs for five park-and-ride sites on the outskirts of Edinburgh. Mott MacDonald was responsible for implementing the original R&CPG system in 2007.

Mott MacDonald’s common data management system provides the city’s operations and control centre with facilities for manual and automatic sign setting. Edinburgh’s existing R&PGC system comprises 20 car park information signs across the city plus 11 strategic message signs situated on the approaches to the city which provide drivers with information on car park occupancy and other important traffic updates. The additional six signs will be located within the city on major traffic routes both citybound and outbound to provide further information to road users.

Roll-out of the system expansion started in December 2007 and is expected to be completed in autumn 2008. City of Edinburgh Council hopes the expansion will promote the use of park-and-ride sites, reduce congestion on the Edinburgh road network and further improve driver information in the area.

Funding for both phases of the system was provided by SEStran, the South East of Scotland Transport Partnership.

Through subcontractors, Mott MacDonald is supplying the new on-street equipment and carrying out the relevant installation activities to integrate this equipment with the existing system. Mott MacDonald is also configuring the control system and the public website (www.edinburgh.cdmf.info) to manage the new equipment.

Mott MacDonald project manager Peter McLeod said: "This expansion builds upon the initial system, both from a technical and geographical perspective. We are using the same supply chain of Techspan and IDT which proved very successful in the original system."

Cllr Phil Wheeler, Transport Convener at the City of Edinburgh Council, said:

‘The additional roll-out of these signs reflects our continued efforts to improve conditions for motorists in Edinburgh. Providing up-to-date information on available parking as well as pertinent travel information means drivers can take advantage of the best routes into the city, as well as be able to easily find a parking space once they arrive."


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