New technology which issues wrong way warning alerts to drivers on motorways and dual carriageways is to be trialled on roads in Scotland.
Intelligent transport systems provider Clearview Systems has been commissioned by infrastructure operator Amey to develop the wrong way warning technology in response to concerns over drivers travelling the wrong way along ineffectively signposted motorway exits and slip roads.
“This is the first time such a solution has been implemented in Scotland and we are proud to be the team to deliver it,” Chris Keenan, the General Manager for Scotland at Clearview, said. “By travelling the wrong way on these slip lanes, drivers risk a head-on collision with motorists exiting the junction or driving into the path of three lanes of oncoming traffic if they reach the motorway carriageway.
“Our system detects vehicles incorrectly turning onto the slip road and uses Vehicle Activated Signs to flash a ‘no entry’ warning sign to motorists, instantly alerting them of their error. Since installing the system, we have recorded incidents of drivers travelling the wrong way at each of these sites, but fortunately turning around in time to avoid colliding with traffic coming at high speeds in the opposite direction.”
The wrong way warning system, which has already been successfully installed on the M9 slip road by Philpstoun, near Edinburgh, will be trialled further on additional junctions and slip roads around the Lothian region.
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