Cork City Council was selected to receive the ITS Ireland Award “Recognising Excellence in Deploying ITS” for 2013 which Cork shared with Kildare Co. Co as joint winners in the competition. The St. Patrick Street Sustainable Travel Measures - Traveller Information Project was selected as a winning scheme which incorporates fibre optic communications and Variable Message Signs to support more sustainable travel in the city centre. This award builds on the success of Cork being selected as the ITS Ireland Category Winner in 2012.
The package of ITS measures was specified by the Transportation Division to support Sustainable Travel in the city with the assistance of ARUP Engineering Consultants. The entire communications and signage system was implemented by Data Display Ltd. as main contractor with specialist support by both Bandwidth Telecommunications Ltd. and Mitchelsfort Contracting Ltd.
Rewarding excellence in deployment of ITS Systems in Ireland
According to ITS Ireland the ITS Ireland Awards is the only program in Ireland that honours the most innovative, effective, and influential achievements in the intelligent transportation systems (ITS) industry. ITS Ireland recognises the organisations whose projects have demonstrated specific and measurable outcomes and exemplified innovation by establishing a new standard of excellence in performance.
St. Patrick Street Sustainable Travel Measures - Traveller Information Project
The project was devised to support the existing 30 kph Zone in Cork and as advance works for the application of restrictions of vehicular traffic along Saint Patrick’s Street in the city centre. These restrictions are to be enforced at various times during the day to make the city centre a more pedestrian and cyclist friendly space. The most visible part of the advance works was the installation of new full matrix Variable Message Signs (VMS) to inform motorists on approach to the City Centre of the 30 kph Zone, Park & Ride facilities, hours of operation of the restrictions and the alternative routes available. Benefits to General Public include the support of Modal Shift, Improvement in Public Transport efficiencies, Sustainability and recognition of the benefit of Multi-modal trips to and from the city centre.
This project provided an innovative solution to the increasingly congested communications and duct network by installing a new high bandwidth, secure, redundant and highly reliable fibre optic cable network. The emphasis on using innovative ITS communications to support more sustainable travel with a focus on informing users directly proved to be a winning combination. Aidan Mahony, Executive Engineer was presented with the ITS Ireland Award on behalf of Cork City Council by Alan Kelly Minister for Public Transport at the Annual Conference in Dublin on Wednesday 20th November 2013.