County Councils Traffic Survey Team, have beaten off stiff competition from the
private sector to win a new three year contract to collect and analyse road traffic data
for the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions.
The work, which went out to tender for the first time, will involve the counting and
classifying of road traffic data countywide.
The Road Traffic Reduction Act Requires local authorities to try and reduce the number
of cars on the road by encouraging the use of other forms of transport. The results of the
traffic surveys will help measure the effect of our success in this traffic aim. The
survey results will also help with the budgeting calculations needed for highway
The good news is that it will also have a positive impact on jobs in the County as a
number of part-time vacancies will be created for traffic-counters.
Duncan Lord, Traffic Survey Team Leader said,
"We are delighted that we have won this contract with the DETR which will take us
beyond the millennium. We will shortly be looking to fill a number of part-time vacancies
created by winning the contract."
John Deegan, Director of Planning Transport and Economic Strategy, added,
"This is an excellent example of how Local Authorities are now competing with the
private sector and winning contracts, which bring in much needed external income to our
Planning, Transport and Economic Strategy department and in turn the County Council"