Overview of the Traffic Control and Road Maintenance Sectors
Companies that specialise in Traffic Control and Road Maintenance provide
procedures and preventative steps to restrict drivers of vehicles from violating
traffic laws and helping to regulate the flow of cars across integrated road
networks. The majority of traffic control merchandise aim to stop drivers
travelling at high speeds through high-risk areas. Much signage aims to notify
drivers of imminent repairs to road surfaces, safety barriers and verges.
With a shocking 34.5 million cars on the road in the UK (Figures Dec 2012) is it
any wonder that our highways are in a perpetual state of repairs and upkeep?
Motorways lanes are invariably being reduced so that essential repair work can
be carried out and bridges are being strengthened or resurfaced on a regular
basis. The volume of road users has reached a full-time high and shows no signs
of slowing down.
Modern technology has enabled us to produce Intelligent Systems that
allow a close oversee and interaction between all road users, systems and
pedestrians that have to cross our busy highways. This can be anything from
Traffic Signals, speed cameras, live updates and Traffic Reports as
well as CCTV cameras, number plate recognition and car navigation systems. All
help to reduce potential hazards and enable a smooth flow of traffic on our
Parking Controls seems to be public enemy number one for many drivers.
However, controls ensure parked vehicles are only allowed to park in areas that
are safe, and do not present a hazard to other road users. In addition parking
control, signs keep our pavements relatively clear of parked cars, therefore,
not restricting access and presenting a hazard for pedestrians wishing to cross.
Lastly, enforcement penalties linked to public parking control signs, brings
enormous revenue to local councils.
Calcium Chloride is an effective controller of dust on the roads, its helps to
hold down the dust thus producing smooth roads that don’t wear out so quickly.
Companies that distribute this on the roads can be found under the business
category of ‘Road Treatment and Dust Control’. They also treat the roads
when they are icy or hazardous.
Snow is a potential hazard to road users and causes mayhem when it lays on the
road surfaces. As well as vehicles that salt and grit the roads, there are
companies who manufacture and produce snow removal equipment such as snow
ploughs and blowers, brooms, shovels. By using an online business directory and
looking under ‘Snow Removal Commercial and Industrial’, suppliers can be
sought for quotations and urgent service provision.
Without Street Cleaning Equipment, our roads would be littered with
rubbish, leaves, mud and all kinds of waste that as well as looking unsightly,
could be classed as a potential threat to road users. Businesses that
manufacture and distribute cleaning equipment such as road sweepers, tidy bins,
barrows, fluids, brooms etc can be found via a trade or business directory (such
as thebusinessindex.com), which will give listings of reputable local and
nationwide companies, as well as those on an international basis.
Traffic Barriers, bollards, cones, barricades and flashing signs, message
boards, parking and security posts can be ordered from specific companies such
Traffic Control Equipment and Supplies who deal exclusively in road
hazard warning indicators and other products that assist traffic management.
Bollards and traffic barriers help to divert the traffic away from obstructions
and hazards such as a lane closure due to a broken-down vehicle or a road
traffic accident. More stable types of traffic barriers are known as crash
barriers and they prevent vehicles entering the lanes of traffic driving in the
As well as safety equipment, they also manufacture and supply protective and
high-visibility clothing to be worn by anyone working on or near public
highways. Similarly, traffic calming devices such as sleeping policeman are
still considered more of a hindrance than a help by many motorists. They can be
too high, resulting in back injuries to the driver and passengers and also
damage to the car chassis. They can also pose a serious hazard to cyclists,
motorbikes and small cars whist causing problems for emergency vehicles and any
Since the introduction of speed cameras, an international study (2010) has shown
that the number of crashes in speed camera areas fell by between 8 percent and
40 percent, whilst fatalities and crashes resulting in serious injury were
reduced by between 11 percent and 44 percent.