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A lot of finds were uncovered during the archaeological evaluation carried out for the M62 Junction 6 Improvement scheme so we thought it would be nice to provide an interactive website so you can see what we found.


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National Traffic Control Centre


The National Traffic Control Centre is the hub of the English motorway network. It is one of the key ways in which the Highways Agency is delivering its strategic aims of "safe roads, reliable journeys and informed travellers." It is our source of real-time traffic information.

The state-of-the-art, £160m centre is based adjacent to junction 3 of the M5 at Quinton near Birmingham. It was officially opened by the then Secretary of State for Transport, Alistair Darling on the 30 March 2006. The National Traffic Control Centre was set up under the government's Private Finance Initiative (PFI) scheme. This means a private contractor, Traffic Information Services (TiS), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Serco Integrated Transport has responsibility for delivery against pre-agreed objectives in exchange for agreed sums of money.

The main objectives of the National Traffic Control Centre are:

  • Providing accurate real-time traffic information to the public using a number of different methods
  • Minimising the congestion caused by incidents, roadworks and events taking place near the motorway and trunk road network
  • Providing information on diversions to help motorists avoid the queues

In order to achieve these objectives, we collect information from many different sources, analyse it and then disseminate it to the public in a number of different ways. This process is explained further over the next few pages.

The National Traffic Control Centre building