Two for the road as Clearview receives Highways Awards’ shortlistings
Two road safety schemes involving ITS (UK) member Clearview Intelligence delivered at opposite ends of the UK have each been named as finalists in the 2019 Highways Awards
Clearview Intelligence has been shortlisted in the Road Marking Project of the Year category for enhanced delineation in Guernsey and the Road Safety Scheme of the Year for junction and hazard awareness in Scotland.
Both schemes were delivered in collaboration with partnership organisations, who have been jointly named on the award submissions.
Andy Salotti, Clearview’s Director of Solutions, said: “Our innovative road safety solutions literally span the length and breadth of the UK and we are delighted that this is reflected in this year’s Highways Awards finalist listing. Whilst both of these initiatives were designed to resolve concerns regarding road safety, the approach and solutions we provided were very different.
“In Guernsey, we used feedback from drivers to improve roadside delineation using our SolarLite Active Road Studs whilst in Scotland, we installed vehicle detection solutions to address accident statistics. However, the one consistency across both projects was that we worked in close collaboration with the road operators and partner organisations to install effective road safety solutions that tackled the heart of the issue whilst meeting the needs of drivers.”
In the Road Marking Project of the Year category, Clearview and States of Guernsey have been shortlisted for the scheme entitled ‘How to gain and use public perception to improve road safety’.
Following repeated concerns from motorists about navigating unlit, narrow and windy coastal routes after dark, States of Guernsey proactively installed Clearview’s SolarLite Active Road Studs to provide enhanced delineation. Unlike traditional retro reflective studs, which are reliant upon the beam of a car to be seen, the solar studs proactively emit light using an LED, offering 10 times more visibility of the road ahead.
A survey of drivers undertaken after the installation revealed 84 percent described the night-time visibility of the road layout as greatly improved following the installation of Active Road Studs.
In the Road Safety Scheme of the Year, Amey, Transport Scotland and Clearview Intelligence have been jointly shortlisted for ‘Reducing accidents and improving ambulance accessibility at A6091 Borders General Hospital’.
The junction between the hospital and the Melrose Bypass (A6091) in Scotland is used by 11,400 road uses every day and had been an accident hotspot with a decade. Traffic signals were introduced which allowed motorists to turn right out of the hospital for the first time and a hurry call button was installed so ambulances responding to an emergency could force a green sequence to prevent delays.
The speed limit on the A6091 was reduced to 50mph and Clearview installed its wireless vehicle detection system to forewarn drivers to slow down or that an ambulance was responding to an emergency using Vehicle Activated Signs (VAS).
The Highways Awards will take place in London on 9 October 2019.