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Siemens to showcase traffic management collaborations at CITE 2016

The UK’s biggest infrastructure exhibition opens today (April 12) at the ExCeL venue in London. The three-day Civil Infrastructure and Technology Exhibition (CITE) 2016 opens to an optimistic background, with the UK government’s National Infrastructure Plan 2014 (NIP) identifying projected spending of £466bn (US$664bn) on 263 projects between 2014-15 and 2020-21.

Newly announced programs include £15bn (US$21bn) for the strategic roads network (SRN), £2.3bn (US$3.3bn) for flood defenses, and transport infrastructure accounting for £142.3bn (US$202.7bn). The NIP says infrastructure investment could support 5,000 construction jobs for every £1bn (US$1.43bn) spent, plus as many more in design, engineering and planning. Companies nationwide of all sizes are set to benefit, with many new opportunities for contributing to this vital growth area for the UK economy. Siemens is showcasing its traffic services and partnerships at CITE, with increasing numbers of leading construction and civil engineering companies choosing to work with the company on major design schemes and new developments.

“With the growing number of civil contracts now including infrastructure works and orders for traffic equipment and systems, this event enables us to reinforce our position as the leading supplier and service provider of traffic technology in the UK,” explained Steve Parsons, Siemens’ head of sales. “We have the capabilities and expertise to deliver traffic control and management services to leading construction and civil engineering companies placing contracts for traffic control and management. Key partners, such as Graham Construction in Northern Ireland, have expressed their confidence in the company’s experience and professionalism, as well as our quality solutions and dependable delivery.”

As part of a major highways project, Graham Construction selected Siemens to provide the traffic signaling scheme along the A2 Shore Road, the main arterial route from Carrickfergus to Belfast. Four signalized junctions, three signalized roundabouts, and a number of pedestrian crossings to serve local schools, were delivered by the company as part of this major road re-development contract placed by TransportNI’s Department for Regional Development. Basil Hassard for TransportNI, said, “The ability and willingness of Graham Construction and Siemens to work collaboratively, contributed greatly in the scheme progressing to site, and the successful delivery of the project this year.”

As another example of this type of collaborative approach, in Birmingham, Siemens is working alongside Amey as part of a £2.7bn (US3.8bn) highways partnership with Birmingham City Council. The Birmingham Highways Maintenance and Management Service will upgrade and maintain the city’s road network for the next 25 years, with Siemens providing major improvements to traffic signals and traffic management systems. As part of the contract, the company maintains traffic signals, variable message signs (VMS), car park guidance signs, warning signals, and outstation transmission units for the operation of all the active systems. Siemens will be using the CITE event to further highlight its ability to act as a ‘one-stop shop’ for civil construction companies, from scheme design to delivery and commissioning of transportation systems, including quality traffic signaling and management products, as well as its deployment expertise.

April 12, 2016

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