The highway authorities of Dorset, Bournemouth and Poole have begun sharing a roadworks management system to improve the co-ordination of road maintenance.
All three councils are sharing the software from supplier Exor, in order to help them comply with the Traffic Management Act, which calls for better co-ordination of roadworks in order to help traffic flow. It is the first shared services project around the TMA.
The system went live in June last year, in a project that was led by Dorset county council as it moved to upgrade its own traffic management software. When Dorset county council discovered that Bournemouth and Poole were also upgrading their roadwork management systems, it decided to approach those councils to share highway services.
Six roadwork management staff across the councils now access the software via a web-based interface.
Paul Moon, highway system manager at Dorset, said the shared services were providing cost savings for all three councils, as well as improving services and allowing the sharing of system knowledge. Long term decision making would also be improved by using the software, because it helps with the mapping of assets and costs, he said.
“We had to upgrade the system in order to meet the latest requirements of TMA but didn’t want to be purely reactive to the climate, which is when we started looking at shared services in greater depth,” he said.