Taunton is to use variable message signs to inform visitors of available parking locations to ease congestion within the town.
Highly reliable and Innovative Variable Message Sign (VMS) and full-colour RGB sign technology from SWARCO Traffic will be helping to improve the parking experience and ease congestion for visitors to Taunton and the wider towns in the Borough of Taunton Deane.
Working closely with local consultants, WSP, and the team from Taunton Deane Borough Council and West Somerset Council, ten of the signs will be installed at strategic locations as an intelligent parking guidance system and to inform drivers of any local traffic restrictions. SWARCO Traffic will also install loop detectors around the park and ride centres, providing accurate vehicle counting to feed-back and update the relevant signs.
Ian Timms – Assistant Director – Business Development of Taunton Deane Borough Council and West Somerset Council, says the signs will be an integral part of its new smart parking system: “The objective is to help to improve the commercial opportunities for the town and local traders by easing congestion and enhancing the experience for local residents and visitors to our Borough.”
Anthony Van Geene, Project Manager SWARCO, says that a major advantage is that the signs can be easily integrated with an existing control technology: “Control of the signs will be managed by an existing Cloud Amber (Idox) UTMC system,” he explains, “which not only protects the client’s legacy investment, but also make the signs easier to install.
Taunton was recently awarded Garden Town status. As such, the local Council is committed to making the town even more prosperous and sustainable with better transport links, better services and facilities, and conserving its valuable green space for future generations.
Variable Message Signs are a key element of any dynamic traffic management system. The signs are designed to inform, warn or guide drivers around business towns and city centres.