New traffic control centre

THE National Roads Authority’s (NRA) new traffic control centre, which will manage traffic on the M1, is nearing completion.

THE National Roads Authority’s (NRA) new traffic control centre, which will manage traffic on the M1, is nearing completion.

North Link Dundalk toll plaza operator, Egis Road and Tunnel Operation Ireland (ERTO), will assume a national operations and maintenance role for the NRA’s new control centre from the end of June.

The National Traffic Control Centre - the NRA’s central roads management facility - will manage traffic on the M1, in the Dublin Port Tunnel, the M50, including the intersection into the city, and the Jack Lynch Tunnel in Cork.

In addition to Dundalk, ERTO already manages schemes such as toll plazas at Mid-Link (Portlaoise), and South-Link (Waterford).

Later this year the control centre will also assume responsibility for traffic management for the M7/M8 motorway.

The control centre will be responsible for monitoring and managing 65 million vehicles per annum and for the safe and efficient management of the national roads network and Ireland’s tunnels.

The centre will operate several services, including: electronic messages to motorists; emergency road telephones; and advanced traffic management systems. ERTO’s CEO Henry van der Pluym is looking forward to running the centre. ERTO is part of Egis Projects Ireland and the Egis Group. Founded in Ireland in 2005, the company currently employs 110 people.