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Clinton taps into regional issues

ICE news

ICE PRESIDENT Colin Clinton, kicked off his presidential visits last month in Scotland, taking part in a series of debates on how to raise the ICE's profile.

He also met representatives of other institutions - including the Chartered Institution of Water & Environmental Management and the Association of Consulting and Engineering - to discuss the major issues affecting civil engineering.

ICE Scotland's 2004 'State of the Nation' report figured in many of the Scottish debates, highlighting the poor state of Scottish transport infrastructure.

'2005 will see an increase in the Scottish Executive budget for transport, but the ICE is calling for the Scottish Parliament to develop an integrated transport strategy and reduce bureaucracy in planning, ' said ICE Scotland regional liaison officer Jacki Bell.

Clinton's next stop was Northern Ireland, where he visited Belfast's integrated traffic control centre. It controls variable message signs and speed limits on motorways, and traffic light phasing on urban streets to maintain traffic flow. An operator can alter traffic signals to allow emergency vehicles to pass.

'It is the UK's only integrated motorway and servant roads control system and has been in operation since the 1980s, ' said ICE Northern Ireland vice president David Orr.

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