Specialist mapping, data and routing expert PIE has been awarded contracts by Kent Council to deliver a new online navigation portal for freight operators.
Recently debuted at Wiltshire Council, ‘Freight Gateway’ provides access to freight-specific map-based road information and is designed to help Local Authorities meet the demanding goals of their Local Transport Plans (LTPs).
“Coupled with our work with Wiltshire Council, this new agreement with Kent represents real progress in public/private sector partnership,” said Freddie Talberg, CEO, PIE Mapping.
Freight Gateway will be integrated into the council’s website and uses an interface similar to that of Google maps, adding freight-specific details such as weight restrictions, industrial estates and restricted routes.
“Stopping rat runs, improving route efficiency, cutting congestion and improving road safety are just some of the issues councils are required to action as part of their Local Transport Plans (LTPs).
“By ensuring hauliers have access to relevant information when planning journeys, authorities are able to tackle these issues at source, making Freight Gateway an invaluable tool for meeting LTP objectives.”
Moreover, councils can also allow local residents to access the portal to address any road related queries quickly while helping to alleviate any concerns.
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Notes to editors
• PIE specialises in routing, mapping and data processing for commercial vehicle fleets, local authorities and private business. PIE also developed www.londonlorrycontrol.com, which helps hauliers comply with the London Lorry Control Scheme’s Excluded Road Network.
• Since 2004, PIE has been collating and processing road network data specific to commercial vehicle movements in London and across the UK. We collect data from more than 470 local authority organisations.
• PIE also collaborated with Transport for London (TfL) to create Freight Journey Planner (http://freightplanner.tfl.gov.uk), a freight mapping site used by commercial vehicle operators to route efficiently and compliantly around the capital.
• In 2012, PIE worked with the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) to develop the Games Journey Family Planner to help manage the navigation of Games Family members throughout the Olympics.
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