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Buchanan’s ParkMap meets latest DfT requirements

Buchanan Computing has announced that its ParkMap product, which is the UK’s only commercially available software for making and managing traffic orders, has been upgraded to meet all of the Department for Transport’s (DfT) latest traffic order requirements. In both its policy document ‘Signing the Way’ and in its recent consultation on traffic orders, the DfT encourages the use of mapping to illustrate and document new parking controls and other regulatory measures. It also advises authorities to consider the traffic signing at an early stage and to include this in proposals. ParkMap version 5.5 contains many major new features, focused upon the changing needs of traffic authorities in managing ever more complex and frequently changing restrictions, together with the ability to cater for shared use.

Shared use and similar bays have been common in many authorities for several years, but recent DfT sign authorisations have extended the scope for these considerably. The need to share valuable kerb space between different types of users at different times has become particularly important. The 5.5 version of ParkMap now caters for all these situations, and automatically generates the traffic sign images for these complex measures, using its link to the company’s SignPlot software. The system is also able to create bilingual signs for use in Wales, with the translation happening automatically. Other important new features in the software relate to orders controlling moving traffic, such as speed limits and banned turns. These are now more closely linked to Ordnance Survey’s ITN road network, but also provide for new streets and private roads not yet on the map or network. The system is also able to deal with the issue of different speed limits at different levels where roads cross each other and at grade-separated junctions, even though they appear superimposed on a plan.

May 29, 2012

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