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Enforcement system aims to reduce road danger at Rotherhithe Tunnel

Technology allows Transport for London operators to view live camera feeds and record video footage showing traffic contraventions at the East London tunnel.

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SEA customised and integrated two of its systems to increase safety at the tunnel
SEA customised and integrated two of its systems to increase safety at the tunnel

Transport for London (TfL) is using two integrated traffic enforcement solutions to help reduce road danger at the Rotherhithe Tunnel in East London, one of several road tunnels that runs under the River Thames.

 

The technology is provided by independent systems engineering and software company, SEA, and the project marks a continuation of its ongoing work with TfL to improve road safety in London.

 

Managing traffic flow and usage

 

Rotherhithe Tunnel was built in 1908 and is not designed for modern levels of traffic. Hence there are restrictions on its use: vehicles more than 2m high, 2m wide or goods vehicles weighing more than 2 tonnes (maximum gross weight) are not safe to travel through it.

 

SEA has combined the use of its DTES and ROADflow Motion solutions to manage the flow of traffic through the tunnel round the clock and ensure that only those vehicles that are safe to use it are permitted.

 

ROADflow Motion is a 24/7, unattended enforcement solution that operates in all lighting conditions alongside congested scenes for complex scenarios, such as yellow box junctions.

 

DTES consists of several workstations that allow TfL operators to view live camera feeds and record video footage showing traffic contraventions.

 

These are later reviewed and processed by a back-office system before being sent to the notice processor for penalty charge notices (PCNs).

“The solution allows for incidents at Rotherhithe Tunnel to be reviewed using existing methods – eliminating the need for additional training."

Both systems have been customised to work together with contraventions captured by ROADflow at the tunnel and then securely imported into DTES for processing.

 

“The solution is an easy to use system for TfL,” said said Steve Hill, managing director at SEA. “It allows for incidents at Rotherhithe Tunnel to be reviewed using existing methods – eliminating the need for additional training.

 

"For the traffic enforcement notice processor, the system is also straight forward and allows for efficient processing, as it uses the same interface for both attended and unattended incidents.”

 

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