Highways given a £1.2bn boost to improve road transport

7 Sep 00
The Highways Agency is to spend £1.2bn on new technology to get the traffic on Britain's roads moving more smoothly.

08 September 2000

The agency says that as part of the government's ten-year plan for transport, a package of technology will be brought in to tackle congestion, improve safety and provide better driver information.

The programme will involve variable message signs, automatic incident detection and upgrading the agency's national telecommunications fibre-optic cable.

Automatic traffic hold-up warning systems will be installed on 30% of all English motorways by 2004, and 200 more motorway monitoring cameras will be put in place.

The agency's national network and customer service director, Richard Thorndike said: 'Each of these new tools will help us tackle congestion and provide safer and easier journeys. A key to making roads safer is to forge better, more effective partnerships with the police and local authorities.'


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