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[02 NOV 98] WARWICKSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL PRESS RELEASE
County Council Beats The Private Sector To Win New Contract

Warwickshire County Council’s 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 maintenance.

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"

NOTES

WCC Traffic Surveys Team consists of 3 Full time staff and 60 part time traffic counters who carry out an average 200 manual traffic counts and 170 automatic traffic surveys (including speed monitoring). Winning the DETR contract will require approximately 10 more part time traffic counters to be recruited.

The Traffic Surveys Team has recently worked in partnership with Ove Arup Consultancy, providing a specialist data collection team for a number of bus passenger surveys in Sutton Coldfield. The team will also be working with Ova Arup again in the near future collecting car parking data in the South Leicester area.

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Duncan Lord 01926 412650

         

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