Green light for Warwickshire firm’s £4m traffic signal contract in Essex

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Technology and network services company, telent, has been awarded an eight-year contract for the provision of maintenance services for traffic signals in Essex.

It is the latest in a series of contracts won by the Warwickshire company over the previous 12 months.

This deal with the Essex Highways Partnership will include the maintenance of 231 traffic signal junctions, 262 traffic signal crossings, four emergency wig wags, 30 car park count sites, 48 car park guidance Variable Message Signs (VMS), 17 vehicle actuated signs and 398 school crossing flashing warning signs across the entire county of Essex.

The contract, awarded on behalf of the partnership by Ringway Jacobs, a leading highways service provider working with Local Authorities across the UK, will help create jobs and work with suppliers from the local community.

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Robert Conlon, Transport Business Development Manager at telent, said: “We are delighted to be taking on this very prestigious contract. This appointment further demonstrates the breadth of telent’s innovation and proactive approach to the constantly changing road technology environment. We worked closely with Essex Highways to make sure that we fully understood its needs and priorities and this contract highlights our expertise in the traffic and ITS sector.”

The contract, which commences on 1st April this year, is worth in excess of £4 million and was secured via a highly competitive tendering process.

John Silvester, ITS Manager for Essex Highways, said: “Delivering high quality, value for money services which will benefit the residents of Essex is of the utmost importance to Essex Highways and it was clear from telent’s ITT response that the company shares our passion for first class customer service delivery.”

The past year has been a major highpoint for telent with a number of contract wins in the traffic sector. Prior to successfully securing the prestigious Essex contract, the company was awarded the £450m NRTS contract, taking on all operational telecommunications services for Highways England.

A four-year contract to supply and maintain traffic signal and related ITS equipment for Stoke-on-Trent City Council followed and in February, telent secured the five-year Oxfordshire County Council contract, comprising the supply, installation and maintenance of signalling equipment and associated ITS on-street solutions countywide. And in July 2018, telent was awarded a four-year contract to provide maintenance services to Sandwell Council’s traffic signal network.

Nigel Weldon, Business Development Director for Transport at telent, added: “telent’s team worked extremely hard to secure this contract; making sure that all aspects of the client’s needs were completely addressed. I am very pleased with the way our traffic business continues to grow and I’m especially looking forward to bringing our maintenance knowledge and expertise to bear for the residents of Essex.”