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SWARCO signs help reduce accidents at UK blackspot

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SWARCO Traffic says its Innovative Vehicle Activated Signs are helping to reduce accidents at a notorious road junction in the British county of Derbyshire.

A crossing on the busy A619 Troughbrook junction near Chesterfield had been the scene of a number of incidents in recent years, prompting the Council to find a permanent accident-prevention solution.

SWARCO says it recommended a system comprising two VAS with above ground virtual loop detection. Thermal imaging cameras detect the heat signature of vehicles waiting to cross the main road and once a vehicle occupies a pre-set detection zone for a certain period, a fixed warning message is displayed to alert oncoming vehicles of traffic turning. In addition, when an oncoming vehicle exceeds a pre-set speed threshold, a warning message is also displayed.

Derek Williamson, Head of Sales and Business Development at SWARCO says a particular challenge was installing the system in extreme winter weather, “Large traffic volumes along the route meant the works had to be carried out during off peak working hours, and we planned the installation to cause the least amount of disruption as possible. Even with the bad weather, the project was still completed within eight weeks.”

Mark Hewitt (MCIHT) within the Traffic and Safety Section of DCC said he is delighted with the result, explaining “The A619 Chesterfield Road at its junction with Troughbrook Road and Inkersall Green Road has a history of accidents.

“The electronic junction warning signs play a key role by advising approaching vehicles of turning traffic at the junctions. In addition to this, the system also advises approaching traffic if their speed is above a certain threshold, helping to reduce vehicle speeds.”



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