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Bids sought for congestion-busting control centres

THE HIGHWAYS Agency is to set up a public private partnership to develop, install and run a £100M nationwide network of traffic control centres.

The TCCs will be central to the Government's congestion-busting targets set out in last year's transport White Paper. They are also one of the Agency's first steps towards changing from infrastructure builder and maintainer to operator.

As yet it is not known how many TCCs there will be, or what hardware will be used. However, the winning scheme must be capable of delivering information across a range of platforms, including roadside variable message screens, print and broadcast media, the Internet and eventually personal display consoles.

Tenders for the initial £30M TCC project are to be returned by 4 December. The preferred bidder will be selected early next year.

Implementation of the scheme will take place between 2000 and 2002, and the contract will run for 10 years.

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