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Capita Symonds wins highways study contract extension

Capita Symonds’ Innovations team has secured £668,000 extension to its £7M Highways Agency Traffic Information System (HATRIS) contract which will take the project through to the end of March 2012.

The HATRIS system, which has been developed and enhanced by Capita Symonds since 2005, is used to monitor and report on vehicle journey times across set routes on the motorway and trunk road network. This enables the Highways Agency and Department for Transport to identify trends and measure benefits from new schemes.

The system accumulates traffic data from a variety of sources including National Traffic Control Centre and Trafficmaster cameras. Through the development of complex algorithms in conjunction with the Transport Research Laboratory (TRL), the data is processed on a monthly basis to produce the journey time reliability measures across the Highways Agency network. In addition a Journey Time Database is produced and distributed to the Highways Agency, Department for Transport and key contractors.

The contract extension will see a thorough review of the project tasks in conjunction with the Highways Agency to ensure that the project delivers value for money. In addition TRL, who have provided support to the Highways Agency previously on the project, will now act as a sub-consultant for Capita Symonds and will continue to play a role in the project throughout the extension period.

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