Indra appointed to upgrade London’s Tunnels Control Centre

Thinking Highways
By Thinking Highways September 19, 2014 11:37

Indra appointed to upgrade London’s Tunnels Control Centre

Upper Thames Street Tunnel, LED lights help to save energy and reduce associated CO2 emissions (image © Lighting.co.uk)

Transport for London (TfL) has appointed Indra, the Spanish consulting and technology firm, to modernise the technology for the control and operation of the 12 road tunnels in London and 90 km of approach roads.

The new contract covers the design, installation, commissioning and maintenance of a new integrated system to support the London Streets Tunnels Operations Control Centre (LSTOC).

Across London, there are 12 road tunnels, some of which are more than 100 years old.

With London’s roads accounting for 80% of all journeys and 90% of all goods moved in the capital, it is vital that these tunnels are well managed and maintained to keep the city moving safely and efficiently.

Currently, LSTOC uses multiple control systems to operate and control safety and traffic control systems, communicate with road users, emergency and maintenance services people and to manage safety and minimise disruption.

This upgrade will provide a single, futureproofed intelligent system which can allow for further upgrades not previously possible, along with new control room equipment.

The new system will improve how real-time information is presented to and used by LSTOC and the London Streets Traffic Control Centre (LSTCC), who work with other incident responders such as the emergency services to deal with traffic incidents.

These improvements will also allow for real-time information about incidents in the tunnels to be obtained, allowing TfL to minimise the knock-on effects these can cause across London’s streets.

Dana Skelley, Director of Roads at TfL, said: ‘This new system will help to improve the safety and efficiency of all the tunnels that we manage in London.

‘This is part of our wider programme of investing in tunnel improvements and roads as a whole.

‘We are committed to keeping London moving and this is just another step to making sure that people can get around quickly and safely.’

Enrique Sánchez Candorcio, Director of Indra UK, said: ‘Indra will provide TfL with state-of-the-art technology to manage the city’s tunnels in an integrated manner, thanks to a unique solution that will be designed to incorporate new systems in the future.

‘This project will allow us to put our vast experience in smart transportation infrastructures to good use in London.’

To meet the challenge of continually increasing traffic levels, the Mayor and TfL are investing more than £4 billion in improving London’s roads, streets and urban realm for all road users, residents and businesses during the next decade.

These include upgrading lighting within Eltham and Upper Thames Street Tunnels with LEDs, helping to save energy and reduce associated CO2 emissions and carrying out a major refurbishment of the Fore Street Tunnel to replace mechanical and electrical equipment within the tunnel.

In recent years, improvement work has also been carried out to renew and upgrade tunnel safety and traffic systems in all 12 road tunnels.

There are further works planned across many of the tunnels managed by TfL during the next financial year.

Thinking Highways
By Thinking Highways September 19, 2014 11:37