How a 3D image can help to keep our motorways running

POLICE in West Yorkshire have been given cash to buy equipment aimed at opening motorways sooner after crashes.

The Department for Transport and the National Improvement Agency has given money to 27 forces, including West Yorkshire, to buy scanners that produce 3D images.

Rather than investigators surveying multiple sections of a scene, the digital image allows them to take measurements remotely.

The investment is aimed at reducing delays caused by accidents and keeping traffic moving.

Roads minister Mike Penning said: “There is nothing more frustrating than being stuck in a traffic jam for hours on end.  

“But even worse than that is the shocking £1 billion cost of those lost hours for our economy.

“That is why we are determined to improve the clear-up of accidents so we can get our motorways re-opened as quickly as possible.

“I would like to thank police forces for seizing this opportunity to purchase laser scanners and contributing funds towards the purchase.

“This clearly demonstrates how forces are committed to helping to keep traffic moving, in support of economic growth, as well as continuing to deliver their vital role in ensuring the safety and security of all road users.

“I would also like to thank the National Policing Improvement Agency for providing a contribution to the funding.”

West Yorkshire Police has received £79,000, which will enable them to buy one scanner.

Chief Constable Nick Gargan, the chief executive of the National Policing Improvement Agency, said: “The 3D laser scanning project is innovative and will enable motorways to be opened more quickly after incidents, passing a direct benefit to the public.

“The National Policing Improvement Agency is pleased to support the project, which also brings significant improvements in supporting better outcomes in policing and increased efficiency in officer time.”