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Mott MacDonald appointed by Durham CC to provide UTMC system

Multi-disciplinary consultancy, Mott MacDonald, has been appointed to provide an Urban Traffic Management and Control (UTMC) system by Durham County Council. The system will be developed using the company’s established Common Data Management Facility (CDMF), which has been developed over the past decade and is already successfully in use in 10 regions across the UK. The project is being developed to make more efficient use of available road space, manage congestion along key bus, cycle and traffic routes and help gain a better understanding of the operation and limitations of the road network, as well as the impacts that planned and unplanned events have on traffic management. The project is due for completion toward the middle of 2011 and ongoing support will be provided. The company will supply, install and maintain the UTMC system, as well as provide training for operators.

The CDMF will collect data from systems including the Highways Agency National Traffic Control Centre, journey time cameras, roadworks, ice and wind warning, parking guidance and bus journey times. CDMF provides an integrated view of traffic and travel information derived from interfacing systems on a single user display. This is achieved through two graphical user interface mechanisms. One of these is the common data viewer, which is a networked desktop application that gives access to the information that is currently held within the common database, and allows users to view, enter and analyze data held within the system. CDMF also provides a web-based interface, tailored for access to the system by remote users and external organizations.

“Durham County Council has aspirations to develop and expand the system in the future,” commented Mott MacDonald’s project manager, David Wilkie. “Our CDMF system has been designed for modular expansion to allow further systems and devices to be integrated as and when required. Many of the interfaces required for Durham County Council have already been developed for our existing UTMC Common Database Systems. This will allow us to bring best value to the Durham system.” Councillor Neil Foster, Durham CC’s portfolio member for regeneration and economic development added, “The introduction of this database in Durham will be of considerable benefit in helping us to provide reliable journey times, reduce congestion and assist with people making more sustainable travel choices. It is an exciting new venture for us and a milestone for travel and transport service delivery.”

March 4, 2011

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