Town gets 11 traffic busting road signs

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A total of 11 ‘live traffic’ signs – costing £123,000 – are being installed across Hemel Hempstead to help keep the roads moving.

The seven traffic information signs and four car park management guidance displays are all due to be in place within the next couple of weeks, according to Herts Highways.

The signs are part of the new Herts County Council Integrated Transport Control System – a dedicated hub for traffic management based at County Hall in Hertford.

Experts use data from CCTV cameras and automatic traffic and journey time counters to monitor traffic speeds and identify congested areas. The control centre can then, if necessary, make adjustments to traffic lights and put messages out on the information signs to help keep traffic flowing.

Staff also liaise with police to respond to accidents and dispatch crews to establish diversion routes and help with clean up operations to ensure roads are reopened as soon as possible.

The traffic information signs can also be used to inform motorists of events and planned roadworks that could cause congestion.

One of the signs, costing £20,000, was installed in Redbourn Road, Hemel Hempstead last month.

Elsewhere traffic management signs are going up in Leighton Buzzard Road, near Piccotts End, Two Waters Way, London Road close to Frogmore End, London Road between the junctions with Old Fishery Lane and Fishery Road, Leverstock Green Road and Breakspear Way.

Signs giving guidance on car parks – where they are and how many car parking spaces are available – will be posted in Leighton Buzzard Road close to Queensway, Two Waters Way, Station Road and St Albans Road.