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Siemens starts major traffic signal works for routes to Olympic Games sailing events

Siemens has announced that its installation of new traffic signaling equipment is under way in Weymouth ahead of the 2012 Olympic Games. All of the sailing events for the London Olympics will take place in Weymouth and Portland. The contracts form part of The Weymouth Transport Package for the 2012 Games, which are a series of long-term public transport improvements for the town center, aimed at easing the impact of congestion and improving public transport. Five of the town’s busiest roundabouts are being replaced with new junctions equipped with Siemens’ signal controllers and traffic management measures, which will help manage traffic flow, particularly for buses. The scheme will also help improve air quality in the town center, which has suffered heavy congestion for many years.

The scheme will deliver increased capacity and reduced delays/queue lengths for all traffic and bring bus stops on the Dorchester-Weymouth-Portland corridor up to national standards, including the installation of a real-time passenger information system and provision of electronic signs to guide motorists to available car parking spaces. The contract awarded to the company includes the installation and maintenance of a total of 15 new traffic controlled sites and pedestrian crossings, urban traffic control management improvements aimed at increasing network capacity and including bus priority measures, and the implementation of local traffic regulation orders.

Installation work is progressing well on a number of the new sites, including two large junctions and one dual pedestrian crossing close to the harbor. “Although the project has been made possible by the 2012 Games sailing events, the improvements are permanent and will provide lasting benefits in reducing congestion,” commented Dorset County Council traffic control manager, Matthew Williams. “We have worked with Siemens for the past eight years and have been very satisfied with the service they provide. We look forward to working with the company in the future, following its recent successful re-tendering procedure.”

March 17, 2011

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