The Highways Agency has awarded a £20m five-year contract to QinetiQ to manage and develop its roadside control and driver information systems.
The deal extends QinetiQ’s existing contract running the software that supports the agency’s Traffic Management System and network of regional control centres.
The software allows the agency to control its network of emergency roadside telephones, signalling, message signs for drivers, incident detection and protection systems, meteorological subsystem and CCTV.
Under the contract, QinetiQ will manage maintenance and development contractors, system security, contingency planning and training.
The new contract follows a series of developments by the Highways Agency aimed at ensuring better and timelier information for motorists. In February, the agency overhauled its website to provide real-time information on road conditions.
A month later, it opened a £160m National Traffic Control Centre, consolidating its existing systems and information generated by the regional traffic centres and national roadside infrastructure.