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Tyne and Wear's urban traffic management control facility

Seeing the bigger picture

We were tasked with developing a visionary regional Urban Traffic Management and Control (UTMC) system for Tyne and Wear to improve communication and co-ordination between a number of stakeholders.

View of the city at night including the musical venue, Sage Gateshead
Tyne and Wear, north east England
Tyne and Wear, north east England One of the project challenges was to minimise the impact of the application programming interface on the operational urban traffic management system regardless of the load placed by third party users.
Tyne and Wear Integrated Transport Authority
UTMC system supplier


Our team evolved a system centred on a UTMC common database, which acts as the main strategic management tool and information repository for the entire Tyne and Wear region to assist all the local authorities with network co-ordination and management. Using our proven UTMC product, Osprey, we integrated a wide range of existing transport systems to provide a regional network view.


Osprey provides a rich set of management and control functionality and establishes a cohesive view of the transport network across the region, from a newly installed single regional control centre. Control room operators have access to the common data viewer, allowing them to monitor the network and strategies for the benefit of the travelling public. Data collected from Osprey is circulated in several ways. A dedicated public access traffic and travel information website provides access to the wealth of data contained in the UTMC database. It allows the public to make informed journey choices, and also provides information on upcoming major works in the area. Updates are also provided automatically and manually via Twitter @NECATraffic.

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