Siemens ITS launches all-new passively safe traffic signal poles


One of the UK’s leading suppliers of traffic management technology, Siemens ITS, has unveiled a new range of passively safe traffic signal poles that meet all the required British Standards (BS) specifications.

Performance-rated against BS EN 12767 (passive safety of support structures for road equipment), Siemens’ new range offers customers longer life passively safe poles in a wide variety of forms, finish and lengths from 6.5ft to 19.7ft (2-6m). The new poles are CE-marked (European Conformity) with a unique specification label confirming key features as required by BS EN 12899 (fixed, vertical road traffic signs), including construction material, corrosion resistance, and strength characteristics.

Of aluminum construction, the new poles offer improved corrosion resistance, longer life, and are up to 50% lighter than the equivalent steel poles, improving health and safety for road crews by considerably easing installation procedures. The full range of types and lengths includes: straight poles, ‘cranked’ poles that are typically used at pedestrian crossings, and all types feature a unique ‘mid-level’ termination design, which maintain a standard 4.48-inch (114mm) mounting diameter over the whole pole length. The range also supports a variety of pole colors, including black, gray or silver finish.

“Our new pole range has been fully tested to the required standards for passive safe performance. We have conducted extensive wind tunnel testing to evaluate the real loads experienced by traffic signals poles when fully equipped,” explained Keith Manston, head of product management at Siemens ITS. “Each pole has been characterized to ensure it is not overloaded, either during initial installation or as part of a typical future junction improvement.”

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