Highways England gets £5m severe weather warning system
Highways England has launched a £5m severe weather information system, providing real-time data which can be used to help maintain traffic flow on the strategic road network.
Developed by technology company Civica Group, the system will be utilised by around 2,000 operators, spanning service providers, road maintenance and control room staff, as well as external companies.
It will enable better identification of severe weather which can impact traffic flow, improved planning and execution of treatment and faster rectification of faults for the equipment used to maintain the roads during the winter.
David O’Connor, weather information services sponsor, Highways England, said: “Severe weather always presents a challenge, but with Civica’s support we’re improving the user experience through access to consistent and comprehensive information, enabling us to deliver a world class service in relation to managing risk and the safety of the major road network and its users.”
Steve Shakespeare, executive director, digital solutions at Civica, added: “The road network is relied upon by people and businesses across the country and its operation is essential to people’s lives and the economy. The new system improves access to critical information to help Highways England to respond to weather conditions and ultimately reduce risk and save money by keeping the network safer and free flowing.”