Safelane used on the M25

Case Study: M25 Newhall Joint Replacement Scheme

Jacksons used Safelane on the M25 for the Newhall Joint Replacement Scheme. The scheme was to replace a multi-element expansion joint between junctions 10 and 11 on M25 clockwise and anti-clockwise.

They were surprised by how easy it was it install.

As the main contractor, Jacksons asked Highway Resource Solutions to design a Safelane system for a full carriageway closure on the M25 anti clockwise. Jacksons crews were surprised by how easy Safelane was to install, having been weary of it to begin with, they soon had a complete change of heart.

Karen Doherty, Systems Engineer commented:

The TM crew felt that the training course they undertook before using Safelane was really good and it gave them the knowledge they needed to go out and install it

Safelane was a good deterrent

A1 Coalhouse to Metro Centre  (A1CH2MC)

Balfour Beatty were the main contractor to widen the A1 western bypass from junctions 67-71. The task in hand was to increase the size of the roads from two lanes to three, with the addition of two distributor roads between junctions 68 and 69.

Prior to A1CH2MC project commencing, Safelane’s requirements were discussed with Highway Resource Solutions. A layout was then agreed and  utilised on site. The added site safety was instigated due to a vehicle incursion which occurred on 14th February 2015, when a vehicle accessed a works site at speed, and  proceeded to travel down the length of the closed carriageway whilst under the influence of alcohol.

The system was installed when the carriageway had been closed, the system was used at all carriageway closure locations and additional equipment was supplied by HRS which provided arm mounted panic alarms for the gate marshals. The carriageway closure locations changed  regularly, the equipment supplied was easy to   assemble and deploy through the work site and similarly easy to collect when the work site was clear.

The equipment had a positive effect with the work force allowing contact to be made over the length of the closed section of carriageway at short notice.

On a number of occasions, the alarms were triggered by vehicles attempting to enter the site, once the alarm sounded, the flashing light was triggered and this then deterred the vehicle from accessing the site.

The work force found the equipment effective and easy to use.

Without Safelane, who knows what would have happened

“Thanks to the Safelane system, the Crews had just enough time to turn around and see the truck speeding towards them. As they safely moved out of the way, the truck smashed through the second ‘holding barrier’ sending the plastic barriers, cones and signs towards the Crews”

An Airlock entry system had been placed on the M25, junction 30 slip road onto the A13 by Skanska Balfour Beatty . To enhance the Crews safety, the Intellicone Safelane Panic Alarm/ Gatemen system had been deployed. The work crews who were resurfacing the highway were only 1/2 km further down the road. A few hours into the shift, the closure was breached by a white Bedford truck driver.

The Gateman immediately triggered his Panic Alarm, simultaneously setting off the Blue Crew Alarm, alerting them to move to safety. As the rogue driver saw the mass of flashing beacons in front of him, he sped up and forced his way through the holding point barrier, through the remainder of the roadworks and off site. All with the blatant disregard for the workforce.
‘’Without Safelane, who knows what would have happened with regards to injuries or even fatalities’’.-Skanska TM
‘’It ‘s really good, especially how it protects the work crews’’ -TM Operative
‘’It’s a good system, I really like the way the Panic Button works’’. – TM Operative
“Safelane has already proved its worth on two separate occasions now’’.- Skanska TM

Preventing an incursion on the A5

A5 Resurfacing Works Towcester to Old Stratford

“A full closure point was set up on the Pury Lane junction with the A5. At approximately 23:30 a motorist stopped at the closure, got out of his vehicle and started to move cones. As soon as the first cone was moved the alarm sounded, the driver then quickly go back into hist vehicle and dissapeared back down the road he had come from”

The Safelane system was used to close 10 miles of the A5 between Towcester Racecourse and Old Stratford roundabout.  The closure required 2 checkpoints with airlocks (Orange Alarms), 2 works access points (Red Alarms) and 15 full closure points (Yelllow Alarms and Intellicone lamps). In additon there were 5 Blue Alarms for the workforce operating inside the closure.

When the member of the public attempted to gain access via a full closure point and was dettered by the Yellow Alarm, this also alerted the Traffic Management Operatives situated at the Checkpoint (Orange Alarm) with CCTV and Panic Alarm). If the member of the public would have proceeded towards the checkpoint and posed a threat to the workforce the Traffic Management Operatives manning the checkpoint could have sounded the Blue Alarms of the workforce. In this case the incursion was contained and there was no need to alert them and halt work unecessarily.

“The works involved would normally require using around 40 Traffic Management Operatives but using Safelane reduce this by a 1/3 giving a significant saving to the scheme”.-  IDT Manager Area 7

“Installing a Yellow Alarm removed us from the block and any confrontation with members of the public”.-      TM Operative Area 7

“The Site Manager had briefed us to move to a designated position of safety if the Blue Alarm was activated”.-  DBI White Lining Crew

“Once we were told how to use the system it was easy to install and understand how it worked”.-  TM Operative Area 7

Preventing cyclist incursions in Lake District

The Safelane system was deployed on a full road closure on the A66 near Bassenthwaite Lake to provide and advance warning to the workforce on any incursions by vehicles, cyclists or pedestrians. The Intellicone enabled cone barrier was set up with an Intellicone Portable Site Alarm to act as a deterrent and an Intellicone Portable Site Alarm near the workforce.

“The road closure was breached multiple times by cyclists attempting to enter through the Intellicone enabled cone barrier. The Safelane incursion system alerted the workforce everytime. The system proved a great deterrent with a large number of attempted incursions aborted by cyclists hearing/ seeing the Audio Visual Portable Site Alarm”
“The Safelane Incursion System alerted the workforce of breaches”
“The workforce can prepare for any unauthorised personnel or vehicles that may access the worksite”
“The Intellicone enabled cone barrier proved a good deterrent”
“With the Intellicone warning system the workforce is made aware of any possible incursions”

Panic Alarm Protects Workforce on A13

 M25 Junction 30/A13 Corridor Relieving Congestion Scheme

“The roadworks were breached by a motorbike at the site entrance point and so our traffic management operative activated the Safelane Panic Alarm to warn the workforce who were able to move to safety before the motorbike reached them”
The Safelane Panic Alarm System has been successfully deployed by Skanska Balfour Beatty JV on the M25 Junction 30/A13 Corridor Scheme. Safelane is used as a three point safety measure:
i) with Red Alarms positioned at works entry points, potential confrontation with motorists can be defused by activating the alarm
ii) when the Red Alarm is activated this records footage of the incident
iii) simultaneously on activation the Blue Alarms near the workforce are activate, warning them to get to a position of safety
“Its the business, just what we need” TM Supervisor Balfour Beatty Skanska JV
“It gives greater confidence working inside the closure” TM Operative
“The closure is more secure from the public” TM Operative
“Its easy to set up and we use it every day” TM Supervisor Balfour Beatty Skanska JV

Preventing an incursion on the A180

Central reservation works – Great Coates to Pyewipe

“On the East entry slip road, the Intellicone enabled cone lamps were moved by a motorist activating the local alarm and the Checkpoint alarm. The local alarm acted as a deterrent and the motorist moved on without entering site”

The Safelane incursion system was innovatively used on the A180 by Aone+ Area 12. The system which consisted of a full closure point (Yellow Alarm and Intellicone cone lamps), 1 Check Point (Orange Alarm, Panic Alarm & CCTV) and 1 workforce alarm (Blue Alarm),  was used overnight as a pre-works scheme, to allow safe implementation of the daytime network traffic management, site materials and plant.

The Check Point was positioned to receive an alarm from the full closure point if this was breached and a sa secondary safety stop ahead of the workforce. The fact that the Check Point was manned allowed the Operative to assess the situation and only alert the work force (Blue Alarm) if necessary. During the incident as outlined the motorist was deterred from proceeding hence the Check Point crew only needed to reinstate the traffic management at the closure point.
“The system was easy to set up”.- TM Operative Area 12
“With Safelane in place, there was no need to man the entry slip, saving on man power”.- TM Supervisor Area 12
“It gives greater confidence working inside the closure”.- TM Operative Area 12
“The closure is more secure from the public”.- TM Operative Area 12
“Safelane is easy to understand”.- TM Operative Area 12

Intellicone Safelane prevents incursion on A180 road closure

‘On the East entry slip road, the Intellicone enabled cone lamps were moved by a motorist activating a local alarm which alerted a mannned checkpoint within the worksite. The local alarm acted as a deterrent and the motorist moved on without entering the site’

In April A-one+ Area 12 deployed the Intellicone Safelane perimeter incurion system on a A180 road closure. The system consisted of 1 full closure point, 1 checkpoint with CCTV & panic alarm and 1 contractor alarm was deployed overnight as a pre-works scheme, to allow the safe implementation of the daytime network traffic management, materials and plant.
The manned checkpoint was positioned to receive an alarm signal from the full closure point which was unmanned. During the incident outlined above the traffic management operatives at the manned checkpoint received notification of the attempted breach at the full closure point. They were able to rectify the traffic management and contain the situation without having to resort to alerting the workforce using their Intellicone panic alarm system.
In case the motorist would have gained access and posed a risk the traffic management operatives would have been able to alert the workforce.

Safelane features in May 2015 World Highways & ITS International Magazines

Intellicone Safelane feature prominently in the 2015 issue of World Highway magazine. The feature cover the recent successful deployments by Chevron in the Manchester area.