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Today, the Federal Minister of Transport and Digital Infrastructure, Andreas Scheuer, laid the foundation stone for the construction of the new North Rhine-Westphalia Traffic Management Centre at the motorway maintenance depot in Leverkusen – together with the Minister of Transport of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, Hendrik Wüst.

Mr Scheuer said:

The number of passenger cars and heavy goods vehicles on our motorways is growing – and thus also the challenge of managing traffic safely and efficiently. There is enormous potential inherent in the digital revolution. For instance, here in North Rhine-Westphalia around 540 motorway kilometres are already equipped with active traffic management systems, which dynamically control speeds and make lanes available to traffic. By constructing the Traffic Management Centre in Leverkusen, we are laying the foundation that will enable us in the future to centrally control and monitor all active traffic management systems and traffic guidance systems. This is a milestone on the road towards new, intelligent traffic management and will make North Rhine-Westphalia an even more attractive place for business and investment.

The Federal Government is investing 12 million euros in the construction of the new traffic management centre. The technological centrepiece will be a multi-functional wall in the control room that will be able to display all installations and systems.