The Mersey Gateway Project is a public-private partnership for the design, build, finance, operation and maintenance of a new tolled bridge over the River Mersey in the northwest of England, and includes significant redesign and reconfiguration of the approach highway network. This major new 6-lane crossing and approaches is one of the UK’s largest infrastructure projects. Delivered on behalf of Halton Borough Council it provides a critical new link across the river Mersey between Runcorn and Widnes. The Mersey Gateway eases the significant congestion currently experienced by users of the existing crossings and provides a major strategic new transport route linking the Liverpool city-region, north Cheshire and the North West to the rest of the Country.
Maintaining service and data quality and security is paramount, particularly in the fast-moving technology sector. This requires continual review and assessment of the performance of all systems and a detailed understanding of security issues and the opportunity for upgrade.
The provision of accurate and reliable information from which the operational teams can manage the network and ensure all infrastructure is maintained to optimise asset availability and performance throughout its life is seen as critical. Integrating all key performance information into a single platform is imperative for both authority and contractor performance management as is the continual improvement of operational regimes, asset delivery and reliability, throughout Merseylink’s 30-year life.
Nicander supported the main technology contractor with the provision of the Mersey Gateway Management Information System, which is a web-based fully integrated asset, fault and service operation system delivering the effective management of information associated with:
The system delivers a comprehensive information reporting service, including calculation of financial payments based on the utilisation of the bridge and vehicle speeds collating data from two separate ANPR systems and traffic counting equipment. This is validated and processed through complex algorithms to determine all penalty information associated with vehicles travelling less than the specified limit and for other performance parameters. The system processes this information as part of a complex KPI reporting procedure ultimately calculating the monthly payment charge payable by the Authority.
Nicander has continued to support and enhance the services it delivers, including the transition of the main operational systems from on-premises solutions to a fully cloud hosted service.
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