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06 December 2010

Mott MacDonald appointed traffic management systems developer in Tyne and Wear, UK

Mott MacDonald has been appointed by Tyne and Wear local transport plan partners, which includes Newcastle City, Gateshead, North and South Tyneside and Sunderland City Councils together with the Passenger Transport Executive Nexus, to deliver a visionary regional Urban Traffic Management and Control (UTMC) system for Tyne and Wear.

Mott MacDonald will use its proven UTMC product Common Data Management Facility (CDMF) platform for the project, which is already successfully in use in 10 regions across the UK, to integrate numerous existing transport systems such as CCTV, automatic number plate recognition (ANPR), car parks and air quality monitoring. The CDMF will provide a rich set of management and control functionality and establish a cohesive view of the transport network across the region, all from a single regional control centre. Control room operators will have access to the common data viewer which will allow them to monitor the network and strategies for the benefit of the travelling public.

Data collected from the CDMF will be circulated in several ways, including via a dedicated public access traffic and travel information website and Hop>2, Mott MacDonald's national traffic and travel website as well as iHop>2, an accompanying iPhone application, which allows users to check traffic and travel information on the move.

Mott MacDonald project director Fraser Macdonald said, “We are delighted to have been appointed by Newcastle City Council to assist the development of a Tyne & Wear UTMC strategy and helping them to achieve their goal of an integrated solution for transport management operations across the region. This system will address key areas of the joint local transport plan and provide real benefit to the travelling public in the Tyne and Wear area.”

The UTMC project aims to deliver a system which will assist all the local authorities with network coordination and management. The system will be centred on a UTMC common database which will act as the main strategic management tool and information repository for the entire Tyne & Wear region.

Fraser added, “The UTMC system will provide an integrated solution for transport network management operations across the Tyne and Wear region and also meet the specific operational needs of each stakeholder. We are looking forward to delivering what will be a prestigious system delivering real operational benefits showcasing all that is good in a UTMC environment.”

The UTMC is anticipated to be operational in 2011, with continuing support until 2015.


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