Telnet lands largest UK traffic-signal maintenance contract


Critical digital infrastructure specialist Telent has been awarded a contract to maintain West Yorkshire’s traffic signals, the largest contract of its kind.

Telent is responsible for the maintenance, fault rectification and repair of 1,600 sites over a geographical area covering 2,029 km². The sites include assets such as traffic signals, lights, vehicle detectors and monitors, and other roadside assets.

The contract also means employment opportunities are being brought to the local area and Telent is actively recruiting installers as well as a contracts coordinator. Additionally, eight engineers, one admin staff, have been transferred (TUPE) from the previous supplier.

“We’ve successfully mobilised this project within a very short period to provide these authorities with the support to continue keeping their residents and visitors as safe as possible on the road. We look forward to strengthening our position in in the region with this contract and delivering out expertise and experience to the region” says Nigel Weldon at Telent. “The contract also follows a string of recent successes including five-year extensions to contracts with West Sussex County Council and Kent County Council and a new contract with Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council.”

Joel Dodsworth, who leads the Urban Traffic Management Control team for Leeds City Council says: “This contract brings value to the local area, through both the project itself as well as the presence of Telent as a business and employer in the area.

“Telent’s expertise and experience with traffic maintenance work fills us with confidence going into this contract and we look forward to working with the team. Keeping road users safe and journey times efficient is a priority for the Council, and with this new contract we are committed to guaranteeing the level of service expected by residents and visitors to the area.”

The contract runs until March 31m 2025 with the option to extend up to a maximum of eight years.
The maintenance involved includes both reactive and planned and preventative maintenance. Reactive involves responding to faults – such as a signal going down, a lamp going out, or a vehicle detector failing to communicate with centre – 24/7, 365-days-of-the-year. Planned and preventative is the visiting of sites, checking the status of the relevant assets, and making sure the sites are in good condition and at full functionality.

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Tom has edited Traffic Technology International (TTi) magazine and its Traffic Technology Today website since May 2014. During his time at the title, he has interviewed some of the top transportation chiefs at public agencies around the world as well as CEOs of leading multinationals and ground-breaking start-ups. Tom's earlier career saw him working on some the UK's leading consumer magazine titles. He has a law degree from the London School of Economics (LSE).