Control centre is ‘beating heart’ of road network

THE new traffic control centre in Queensferry was officially opened by Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon last week.

Located next to the new Forth Replacement Crossing contact and education centre, it will be home to the Traffic Scotland service which aims to improve journey time reliability, reduce disruption caused by incidents and roadworks, provide alternative route advice and give travellers credible and accurate travel information.

Modern technology and improved co-ordination will be used to collate and communicate real-time traffic information on incidents and events that take place on the trunk road network, meaning travellers are able to make better informed decisions about their journeys.

Ms Sturgeon said: “The Traffic Scotland service has enjoyed a proud history and the new centre will take everything that was effective about the previous service and rehouse that expertise in surroundings fit for the 21st century, complete with the modern technology required to deliver a more effective approach.

‘‘This impressive new facility will quickly become the beating heart of Traffic Scotland’s operations.

“Although the new centre will principally oversee the 3500 kilometres of Scottish trunk road network, it will also act as a centre of collaboration and innovation to deliver improved performance.

‘‘Transport Scotland is already working with Police Scotland to agree a permanent presence at the centre and will also welcome other stakeholders, especially during periods of severe weather or emergencies, when it will host the multi agency response team and Transport Scotland’s resilience team in specially designed facilities.’’

Superintendent Iain Murray from Police Scotland added: “The new control room is an excellent example of partnership working and sharing resources to provide the best possible response to incidents on the trunk roads network. The control room will provide the new police trunk roads patrol group with live access to information about incidents and issues on the road and will improve deployment plans and attendance times.”

David Murphy, Amey’s account manager for the Traffic Scotland infrastructures services contract, said: “This custom built facility will be the focal point for the Traffic Scotland trunk road network operations.

‘‘I am also pleased to say that after our recent recruitment day we are confident that our new facility will create employment opportunities in the local community around South Queensferry.”