Bristol manufacturer celebrates M1 contract

A Bristol manufacturer is celebrating after securing a contract to supply roadside poles for a stretch of Smart Motorway on the M1.

Portishead based Crown International designs and manufactures safety equipment, primarily for the transportation sector.

The contract with Simulation Systems Limited is significant and will see the company’s PTZ winch poles being used to mount CCTV and infra-red cameras between junctions 39 and 42 of the motorway

Mark Stacey, managing director of Crown International, said: “We’re delighted to have won the contract, which is our second as part of the national roll out of the Smart Motorways scheme.

“Not only will the cameras installed on the poles improve safety on the motorway network but they have been specially designed to improve the safety of maintenance workers too.

“The poles use a counterbalance system that enables a single operative to lower mounted equipment to ground level for road-side maintenance, rather than having to work at height to maintain the equipment.

“As well as improving safety, this feature also limits the need for road/lane closures to allow for equipment maintenance and reduces operating and maintenance costs. The system also means that the camera equipment can be lowered without the need to disconnect power and communications cables, again making it safer and easier to operate.”

Working for highway authorities, leading service companies and technology firms, Crown International designs, develops and manufactures innovative road and rail safety equipment to meet the need for secure, easily maintained installations in urban, rural and motorway locations.

With more than 6000 installations across the world, it has become the world leader for the design and manufacture of poles and cabinets for the road traffic safety market. For further information, visit

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