Telent gets extensions for Highways England technology maintenance contracts


Transportation technology and network services provider Telent Technology Services has been awarded extensions by Highways England (HE) for all three of its Regional Technology Maintenance Contracts (RTMCs).  

The extensions for contracts in HE’s East, South East and M25 regions cover the continued provision of technology maintenance services through to Summer 2021 and include assets that are critical to the efficient and safe operation of England’s Strategic Road Network (SRN).

Across the three RTMCs, Telent maintains over 34,000 mission critical assets, which include: CCTV cameras, Message Signs and Signal Indicators, Motorway Incident Detection and Automatic Signaling (MIDAS) equipment, Weather Stations, Emergency Roadside Telephones, National Traffic Information Service (NTIS) Journey Time Outstations, Highway Agency Digital Enforcement Camera System (HADECS) and Ramp Metering sites. Many of these equipment types form an integral part of HE’s Smart Motorway network, so it is absolutely vital that they are maintained effectively.

Steve Clarke, Telent’s RTMCs contract manager, said, “Our RTMC teams work extremely hard to ensure customer satisfaction and take great pride in their work, so I’m delighted that Highways England has recognized this by awarding these contract extensions.”

Nigel Weldon, business development director of Telent’s highways division, added, “We have been delivering intelligent solutions and network maintenance for many years and we’re very proud to be maintaining England’s SRN.

“In both my work and personal life, I travel thousands of miles using Highways England’s network, so it’s comforting to know that our teams are maintaining the equipment to optimum levels. The smooth and efficient running of the SRN is vital for keeping travelers safe and to the growth of England’s economy, and I am very proud of the part that we play.

”In June 2014, the company won the original three contracts from HE, with a combined value of over £15m (US$19.6m), to maintain critical roadside technology across the motorways and trunk roads in the East, South East and M25 regions. Last month, the company won an eight-year contract for providing maintenance services for traffic signals and Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) from Ringway Jacobs on behalf of the Essex Highways Partnership.

Within the last year, Telent was also awarded the £450m (US$586m) National Roads Telecommunications Service (NRTS) contract that will enable HE to transform its network and deliver the next generation of telecommunications services to meet the needs of the road agency’s business and support development of future technologies such as 5G.
The seven-year deal has seen Telent take over the current NRTS, which connects over 30,000 roadside devices, such as CCTV cameras and roadside phones, to HE’s seven regional control centers. The NRTS network covers over 3,730 miles (6,000km) of cabling, 145 transmission stations, more than 10,000 roadside cabinets, and 17,000 pieces of telecommunications equipment across HE’s SRN.

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