Costain scoops 'flagship' Highways England connected vehicle contract

21/08/2018
Chris Ames

Highways England has awarded Costain a key contract to design, install and implement one of the UK’s first pilot connected vehicle corridors on a live road.

Under the contract, known as the A2M2 connected corridor, Costain will deliver roadside technology using data supplied by Transport for London, Highways England and Kent County Council and a technology testbed for Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems (C-ITS).

Mike Wilson, Highways England’s safety, engineering and standards executive director, said: ‘Having the technology in place to allow vehicles to connect to each other and the road around them has the potential to improve journeys, making them safer and more reliable by providing real-time, personalised information directly to the driver.

'It could also help us manage traffic and respond to incidents.

‘The A2/M2 trial will test and demonstrate how this may work in the real world. We are delighted to be jointly funding and part of this international project.’

Within the A2M2 connected corridor contract, Costain will be testing the wireless transmission of data to and from travelling vehicles. Trial vehicles will be fitted with onboard technology that will communicate with roadside units via ITS G5 wireless communication and with the service provider via cellular communication.

This will convey information to the vehicle relating to road works, road conditions, temporary speed limits and the time remaining before a traffic light turns to green. This information could then be used by the vehicle to vary speed, for example.

Information from the contract will be used to develop connected vehicle standards and facilitate a widescale deployment of connected vehicle technology.

Costain chief executive Andrew Wyllie CBE said: ‘This is an important step in making our roads safer and improving journey time reliability by embracing cutting edge technology. It is a further demonstration of Costain’s capability and we look forward to leading the way with the deployment and testing of this exciting technology.’

Costain will deliver the contract with core partners, Mott MacDonald, 4way Consulting, TRL, Kapsch TrafficCom AG, Altran, Cohda Wireless, telent Technology Services Ltd and Telefonica.

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