ITS (UK) members Rennicks and Kier Highways are teaming up with the highway safety and mobile traffic product supplier Highway Care to launch two products at Traffex 2019 to keep workers safe behind barriers in roadworks areas and remind drivers to keep a safe distance from the vehicle in front.
To support Highways England’s “Space Invader” campaign to reduce tailgating on motorways, Highway Care is introducing reflective indicators on safety barriers in roadworks areas indicating the recommended two-second gap at 50 mph. This is in response to a survey which suggests one in five people admit to driving too close to the car in front in roadworks.
Working with Rennicks and Kier Highways, the reflective indicator simply attaches to Highway Care’s BG800 Temporary Steel Barrier every 48 metres. These will be promoted to drivers at the start of the roadworks zone using mobile variable message signs from Rennicks and during the closure drivers travelling too close will be reminded to pull back by another VMS showing their number plate. The system is even clever enough to recognise foreign plates, and the warning will be displayed in the language of the vehicle’s origin country.
Kier Highways is immediately reviewing contracts to identify a first site for this safety solution. Although the initial installation will be on the BG800 temporary barrier, the solution can be used on barriers from any manufacturer.
Meanwhile, to make roadworkers safer behind the barriers, Highway Care has also introduced a system to advise workers of deflection distances from barriers when they are hit by a vehicle. Deflection distances vary depending on the manufacturer, and roadworkers will not necessarily know which type of barrier is protecting them, and therefore where the safe distance to work begins.
Highway Care has developed a colour-coded reminder fixed to the back of all barriers indicating deflection area, backed up coloured road studs from WJ Group which are placed on the ground at the edge of the deflection area. Again, these open source solutions can be used with any manufacturer’s products.
Watch the announcement at Traffex 2019 here: