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Atkins explores benefits of improved connectivity on UK roads for Government study

Atkins, a member of the SNC-Lavalin Group, will be carrying out a 5G feasibility study to explore the benefits of increased investment in upgrading the connectivity on UK roads. The study will identify the short- and medium-term demand for connectivity, to ensure the road network is fit for the future. SNC-Lavalin's Atkins business were appointed by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) in the first step of the Government's 5m plan to improve future productivity through trialling 5G connectivity on the road network. The feasibility study is due to be completed in December 2018. SNC-Lavalin acquired WS Atkins plc on July 3, 2017.

Upgrading the digital infrastructure on the UK's roads will offer transport users more reliable and consistent connectivity. The increased capabilities will also help to future-proof the country's infrastructure, as Connected and Autonomous Vehicles become more commonplace on the roads.

SNC-Lavalin's Atkins business will work in partnership with Real Wireless and White Willow to carry out the feasibility study, as well as collaborating closely with mobile network operators (MNOs) and Highways England, to determine the potential for investment into connectivity improvements. Stakeholders from a wider range of organisations will also be involved, to provide their perspective on future demand and alternative commercial models that can secure funding for the improvement of connectivity. The study will examine the potential of a trial in the West Midlands.

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