UK’s first ‘connected corridor’ being constructed

A live test of a so-called ‘connected corridor’ is to be set up by Highways England, which has awarded Costain the contract to design, install and implement the system.

A connected corridor is an enhancement beyond the idea of a smart motorway, where information is exchanged wirelessly between the vehicles and the motorway network. Run on 5G technology, the system will inform the vehicle of things like roadworks, temporary speed limits, and the time left before the traffic lights turned red or green.

On an automated vehicle, this information will be used to help the vehicles on-board computer make decisions, for instance whether to slow down ahead of a patch of congestion or just went to accelerate when the lights turn green.

The technology used for the connected corridor Will use data supplied by TfL, Highways England and Kent County Council and a technology test bed for Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems.

Contractors Costain will work in collaboration with HE, the Department for Transport, Transport for London and Kent County Council on the contract, known as the A2M2 connected corridor.

Mike Wilson, safety, engineering and standards executive director at Highways England, said:, “Having the technology in place to allow vehicles to connect to each other and the road around them has the potential to improve journeys, making them safer and more reliable by providing real-time, personalised information directly to the driver. It could also help us manage traffic and respond to incidents.”