Highways Agency signs £490m upgrade deal

The Highways Agency has signed a £490m private finance initiative (PFI) deal to upgrade its communications network, which includes road messaging systems, CCTV cameras, roadside emergency phones and traffic monitoring systems.

The Highways Agency has signed a £490m private finance initiative (PFI) deal to upgrade its communications network, which includes road messaging systems, CCTV cameras, roadside emergency phones and traffic monitoring systems.

The UK Highways Agency currently manages and maintains 28 networks with data coming from over 11,000 roadside devices.

The 10-year project has been awarded to the Fluor-led GeneSys Telecommunications consortium and replaces a number of smaller contracts. The new systems are designed to provide more up-to-date information and pictures using internet-based technology.

New cables to link roadside transmission stations will be installed on parts of the M3, M4 and M62 motorways in the first stage of the project.

Implementation will begin in 2006 with completion of the core transmission network planned for the first quarter of 2007.

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