Case Study Telecoms

Birmingham City Council/AMEY: Security, CCTV and communications

As part of the Birmingham Highways Maintenance and Management Service, run by Amey in partnership with Birmingham City Council, the A38 tunnels in Birmingham city centre closed for six weeks in 2013 while essential refurbishment was carried out.

“L.B. Foster Telecoms successfully delivered the Security and Communications Packages to programme and budget, as part of the A38 Birmingham Tunnels Project.”

Simon Topping, Senior Project Manager, VVB Engineering Limited


L.B. Foster Telecoms, on behalf of principal contractor AMEY and VVB Engineering, was contracted to install new security, CCTV and communications systems in the St Chad’s and Queensway tunnels. Technology included cameras capable of detecting vehicles causing obstructions, variable message signage (VMS) to warn motorists of incidents inside the tunnels, response systems to control emergency exits doors ensuring people escape into safe areas and PA and radio rebroadcast systems for emergency announcements.


  • Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) PTZ – point tilt zoom
  • Video Automatic Incident Detection (VAID)
  • Tunnel and Portal Lane Control Signs (LCS) Variable Message Signs (VMS)
  • Tunnel Traffic Control Signs TTCS
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