The Highways Agency (HA) a 50/50 joint venture between consulting and business services group Mouchel and Thales UK, to run National Traffic Information Service (NTIS).
Network Information Services (NIS), a 50/50 joint venture between Mouchel and Thales UK, has won a seven-year £57M contract to operate and transform its National Traffic Information Service (NTIS).
It will replace the traffic data processing and publication elements of the existing 10-year National Traffic Control Centre contract with a more efficient one, providing better value for the taxpayer and continuing to provide up to the minute traffic information for road users using motorways and major A roads in England.
The new service will start on 1 September 2011.
“Mouchel, with its joint venture partner Thales UK, is delighted to have won this contract which, as well as delivering better value for money for the taxpayer, will use the latest technology platforms to improve travel information for millions of road users,” said Mouchel’s highways consultancy business operating group director Jeremy Wray,
The new service will maintain the Highways Agency’s capability to:
- Collect data about traffic, planned events and current events;
- Process this data to give a real-time national view of traffic conditions on the motorway and trunk road network;
- Assess the impact of events and traffic flows so staff can make decisions on the best response; and
- Put those responses into action, including dynamic signing of traffic diversions and dispatching Highways Agency traffic officers to deal with incidents.
Publish traffic and event information through:
- Roadside electronic message signs;
- The Highways Agency (and in future DirectGov) website for the public;
- The Highways Agency’s Atlas service, aimed at business, professional and media users;
- Web services that are used to provide live content for hundreds of local media websites and are easily adaptable for use in social media;
- Mobile devices such as smart phones;
- Industry-standard data feeds that can be easily re-used, for example, traffic information on Google maps;
- Provide real-time traffic information to the travel news media for broadcasting on national and regional radio and television; and
- Provide information for the Highways Agency and others to assess the overall performance of the strategic road network.