Siemens ITS awarded major new contract in Northern Ireland


The Department for Infrastructure (DfI) in Northern Ireland (NI) has awarded Siemens ITS a new long-term contract to maintain traffic management equipment throughout the country for a minimum period of four years.

The new contract represents one of the largest of its kind placed with Siemens as the main contractor, with the agreement covering traffic signal equipment at more than 1,200 sites, and 950 ‘Safer Routes to School’ signs, as well as a network of ANLR (automatic license plate recognition) cameras and other Vehicle Activated Signs and rising bollards.

The principal objectives of the contract are to maintain a high level of equipment availability and to respond to, and rectify, any fault condition that may arise on the equipment promptly and within the time scales prescribed.

Siemens will also carry out routine maintenance inspections and lamp changes at the appropriate intervals to check they adhere to current standards. In addition, the aim is to provide an enhanced service to the stakeholders within the contract area, by a gradual but continuous improvement in the reliability of the on-street equipment.

“Siemens is a well-established service provider in Northern Ireland and we already have an excellent working relationship with the company,” explained Roy Gordon, head of ITS for DfI NI.

“The decision to select Siemens was based on a competitive combination of quality, cost, proven competence and capability. For the next four years, Siemens will provide a high level of service and support in terms of the effective delivery of the contract requirements, and we are pleased to work with the company to deliver improved traffic signal and highway network performance.”

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