Crown awarded M3 contract

Crown International has secured a contract with Balfour Beatty to supply and install roadside masts on a stretch of smart motorway on the M3.

The Variable Height Dual Unit Enabled PTZ Masts will be used between junctions 2 and 4a and will be delivered in Spring 2016. The contract is worth £347,000.

The mast will be used to mount infrared equipment to support lane monitoring cameras and has been designed for roadside maintenance by a single operative, reducing the need for costly lane closures and improving safety for maintenance workers.

Mark Stacey, managing director of Crown International, said: “We’re pleased to have secured this contract, which follows hot on the heels of contracts to supply equipment for smart motorways schemes on the M1 and the M6.

“Our PTZ mast has several unique features designed to provide greater reliability of operation than traditional equipment. The integrated cable-management system means cables remain in place when the platform is lowered or raised for maintenance, eliminating the need to disconnect wires or power supplies. It also features a fully-integrated winch and braking system, meaning it can genuinely be maintained by a single maintenance worker, thereby reducing operating costs.”

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