Bicester business shines light on one of UK’s busiest road junctions

Clearview

An SME which specialises in road safety solutions has helped to deliver a flagship scheme at one of the UK’s busiest junctions.

Clearview Intelligence, which has offices in Bicester, Glasgow and Milton Keynes, worked with Highways England to install 175 LED Intelligent Road Studs at Merseyside’s Switch Island junction.

Three intersections on the junction, which is used by more than 90,000 vehicles each day, will now be illuminated in sync with the green light cycle of the traffic signals, to provide enhanced lane guidance and lead drivers safely through the complex junction.

Following the official switch on of the studs on Monday (8 October), Andy Salotti, Clearview’s Director of Solutions, said: “This is the first time a project involving dynamic delineation has ever been introduced at a major motorway junction on the UK’s strategic road network and we are proud to have been a part of it. The LED road studs will illuminate in synchronisation with the green light of the traffic signals to provide enhanced lane guidance which should reduce the risk of drivers across the junction.

“As an SME we can offer innovative and quality solutions to get our brand to the forefront of the marketplace. It is great to have our products recognised at the highest level by leading industry organisations including Highways England and Balfour Beatty Mott MacDonald, with whom we worked on this project.”

The studs were introduced as part of a £3m million project by Highways England, in partnership with Balfour Beatty Mott McDonald, to improve safety at the junction, which is the point where the M57, M58 and three A roads all come together. Unlike traditional retro-reflective studs, which are reliant upon the headlight beam of a car and have a reach of about 90 metres, the road studs can be seen from up to 900 metres away.

By synchronising them to the traffic signals, the studs automatically illuminate on a green light to provide clear guidance for drivers, then turn off once the sequence is complete. They have been installed to replace traditional white lineage which had been worn away by the heavy volume of traffic and led to drivers drifting across lanes.

The installation of the studs at Switch Island follows the completion of a similar scheme at Edinburgh’s Sheriffhall roundabout in 2015 which won six national industry awards for its innovative approach to road safety.