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First Temporary Crash Cushion a Success in Scotland

Date: 25/09/2017

Highway Care’s Tau Tube Crash Cushion successfully re-directs road users after first temporary installation of its kind on the M8 in Scotland


London, UK – September 25, 2017 - Highway Care Ltd (www.highwaycare.com), a leading player in the road safety industry, has partnered with Central Traffic Management (CTM) Group to provide a local stock of vehicle restraint systems (VRS) in Scotland. Leading to the first successful installation of a temporary Crash Cushion within the region.
Morgan Sindall was awarded the 14.1 million contract by BAE Systems (British Aerospace) to construct the Bishopton Interchange, which will be situated between Glasgow and Greenock in Scotland.

The interchange project is already underway, with the firm breaking ground on 24 January 2017. It will involve the construction of Junction 29A on the M8 Motorway, with new on and off slip roads being constructed where the A8 currently passes over the M8 and completion is expected in 2019.

CTM Group won the subcontracted Traffic Management to install BarrierGuard 800 temporary steel barrier on the rib line of lane 1 to close off the hard shoulder and protect the engineers and workforce, working on the verge, adjacent to the M8.

Due to concerns that additional protection would be needed for the stretch of dark highway with no planed speed restriction, Morgan Sindall required an appropriate end terminal to the temporary barrier after a consultation period with Transerv and Police Scotland. This was to be the first deployment of its kind in Scotland.

CTM Group sourced the Tau Tube Crash Cushion as part of Highway Care’s safety product range offered to the Scottish and North of England marketplace through their recent installation partnership.

Safety was improved during the temporary works and the Tau Tube Crash Cushion was put to the test in an unfortunate collision. Re-directing the errant vehicle safely and performing as designed, the cushion was promptly and easily replaced for the duration of the works without any further incident.

“We have been successfully using crash cushions as a safe end terminal for Temporary Vehicle Restraint Systems (TVRS), such as steel and concrete barriers, throughout England. It’s re-directive performance has saved lives of both drivers and road workers for years” Discusses Ian Davey, Commercial Manager, Highway Care.

“We are pleased that through our installation partnership with CTM Group, we have not only been able to supply 18km’s regional stock of BarrierGuard 800 steel barrier but also provide access to safety solutions that are not currently deployed throughout Scotland.”

“The Tau Tube is one of the shortest 110km/h re-directive crash cushions available, offering a superior telescopic design, this vehicle restraint system’s primary function is to increase road safety, and will decelerate and re-direct a vehicle in the case of a collision; as observed during its first application in Scotland.”

The Tau Tube Crash Cushion can absorb impacts up to 110 km/h in less than 6 metres. Requiring less space, parts and maintenance, the TAU Tube System is a cost effective solution suitable for narrow locations as a re-directive crash cushion designed to protect hazards that can't be removed or relocated.

Highway Care and Central Traffic Management will be available to discuss any requirements you may have during Road Expo Scotland on stand C62.

About Central Traffic Management Group
Central Traffic Management Ltd (CTM) is a leading provider of Road Management solutions specialising in Traffic Management, Road Markings and Signage. The company was originally founded in 2002 and is the fastest growing road management company in the industry. Head office is based in Stirling and, with several regional depots, the main geographical operating areas are Scotland and North England.

About Highway Care
Highway Care prides itself on being at the forefront of road safety innovation throughout the world. Their core values encapsulate innovation, quality, honesty, customer service and best value.

Highway Care continuously strives to develop new and existing road safety products, which perform to the highest testing standards in the world. For over 30 years, they have provided their customers with confidence, security and belief in the products they offer, always ensuring the highest of quality and performance standards.

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