Christmas Fundraiser 2023
Recognising that Christmas is a time for being with friends and family and that not all gifts can be gift wrapped, 4way Consulting will be donating the proceeds from this year’s staff raffle to Macmillan Cancer Support. This charity is close to the hearts of many of our staff and we hope that our contribution helps to make the festive period more enjoyable for someone who has or is suffering from this disease.
The generosity of our staff was matched with their enthusiasm at our Christmas party, which provided a great opportunity to catch-up with colleagues and reflect on 2023. As we draw the year to a close, we wish you all a safe and happy festive period and look forward to working with you in the new year.
4way Early Careers Professionals Explore UTAC Millbrook with ITS UK
4way Early Careers professionals had a fantastic day supporting the Early Careers and Women in ITS Forums of ITS UK on November 23rd. The Early Careers and Women in ITS Forums collaborated for a joint event hosted by UTAC Millbrook which provided valuable insights into career progression in the Intelligent Transportation Systems field.
The morning session was packed with a wide range of presentations from speakers who shared their experiences and expertise. The networking session over lunch was alive with excitement, with people engaging with one another and forming new networks. The afternoon was spent exploring UTAC Millbrook’s cutting-edge facilities, including a thrilling ride on the tracks in an electric bus and checking out cutting-edge driver simulation tools, our apprentice Oliver accepted the driving simulator challenge reaching speeds of over 140mph with the track conditions and scenarios constantly changing.
4way is grateful for the opportunity to learn, engage, and directly experience the future of transportation. We are looking forward to applying these insights at 4way and contribute to the growth of our Early Careers professionals.
4way Celebrate People, Partnerships, and a Common Vision at the ITS UK Presidents Dinner
4way were proud to support this year’s prestigious ITS UK Presidents Dinner, hosting a table for colleagues and industry partners, embracing the spirit of collaboration and unity that underpins our shared culture, values, and goals. The event provided an opportunity for professionals from diverse backgrounds to come together and celebrate their collective work over the year, acknowledging the importance of strong alliances in delivering value and driving innovation and progress.
A range of ITS UK Award categories helped highlight and share excellence of both people and projects across the industry. The Best Use of Data or Connectivity Award, 4way were nominated for their M27 J7 MOVA vs. SCOOT project, which utilised Floating Vehicle Data to evaluate the two traffic signalling strategies across the junction. The project was a collaborative effort between our Smart Cities and Future Mobility sectors, exemplifying our commitment to innovative thinking and enhancing the customer experience for road users and stakeholders where a user-centric approach is paramount.
This year’s ITS UK Presidents Dinner served as a vibrant celebration of the values, people, and partnerships that propel the field of Intelligent Transport Systems forward. Both 4way and ITS UK are aligned in this view, underscoring the importance of collaboration, diversity, and innovation in shaping the future of transportation. Thanks to all those who joined us at our table and at the event – we look forward to continuing our close relationships for the opportunities next year may bring.
Congratulations Rob Havers BEng
Rob developed a desire to pursue a career in engineering during his childhood, influenced by the activities taking place in the world around him. His experiences and insights gained during his A-levels steered him towards a more vocational approach to continuing his education, opting for an apprenticeship rather than university. Having applied to the likes of Jaguar Land Rover and National Grid, Rob was made aware of the 4way Consulting apprenticeship by his dad, who worked for their accounting company 4way employed at the time.
Joining the company in late 2013, Rob quickly gained a wider range of experience, from street lighting design to undertaking surveys and CAD. Around the time he was starting to get more involved with traffic signal design, he started on his Level 3 BTEC in electrical engineering. Having met and introduced Declan Hill to 4way on this course, they were both offered the opportunity to be funded through a four-year degree course, working through HNC and HND to a BEng. Rob, supported by the business in balancing his time, progressed well through the course and the efforts he applied resulted in first class degree in Electronic and Electrical Engineering. He was absolutely delighted with that achievement and relieved to have successfully made it to the end of the course. Rob is planning to ‘officially’ celebrate with his partner and family, and has already started on his route to EngTech.
The whole team at 4way are delighted with his achievement and are looking forward to supporting Rob on his future development, which will see him support others who choose to follow the path he took.
Congratulations Declan Hill BEng
Declan developed an enthusiasm for engineering while he was at school. Choosing not to follow a traditional academic route like his siblings, he opted to pursue an apprenticeship with a local rail signalling engineering company. In a convenient twist of fate, he met Rob Havers, a fellow 4way Consulting apprentice, on his course who was able to assist when the signalling company folded, recommending an apprenticeship with 4way. Only 19 years old Declan was quickly inducted into the world of traffic signals, a specialism that he has continued to foster.
When presented with the opportunity to pursue further education as part of a funded initiative provided by 4way, Declan, along with Rob, both signed up to undertake a four-year part-time course that would see them progress through HNC to HND and finally to BEng in Electronic and Electrical Engineering. Supported by the business in balancing work and study, Declan completed his course and graduated with honours in July. Relieved to have made it to the end of the course and proud of his 2:1 result, he celebrated with his family.
The whole team at 4way are delighted with his achievement and are looking forward to supporting Declan on his future development, which will see him support others who choose to follow the path he took.
4way Continue to Support Local Charities
After the success of our reverse advent calendar challenge in December 2021 where we filled Dry Bags with food and clothing to donate to local homeless charities, we decided to follow up with another 4way charity event this Christmas.
The highlight of the 2022 4way Christmas party was a raffle of some very tempting prizes to raise money for two local charities. The very generous attitude of all our colleagues resulted in £511 being raised, which was matched by the company to make a grand total of £1022. We were delighted to support the valuable work undertaken within our local communities by Bury Hospice and LWS Night Shelter.
Both charities expressed their gratitude with Bury Hospice commenting “As a Hospice we are fortunate to have amazing support from our local community and none of our services would be possible without this support.”
4way Goes Back to School
A few members of the 4way team went back to school recently for two days of ITIL4 Foundation training delivered by The Knowledge Academy at our Leamington Spa office. For some, it was a useful update to our previous ITIL training but for others this was new territory.
Dusting off our old studying skills was a bit of a challenge but fired up on caffeine and biscuits, we soldiered on. The long-forgotten tensions caused by exams resurfaced soon afterwards but all attendees passed with flying colours.
Investment in training is just one feature of the routine ongoing investments we make in our people. It enables us to develop technical leaders, drive consistency in the way we deliver projects and enhance the value that 4way services create for our clients.
Creating a Better Future Together
4way is pleased to present our near real-time traffic monitoring service, which utilises floating vehicle data through our exclusive business partnership with mooven to bring their smart mobility infrastructure management platform to the UK.
Mooven was founded in 2018 with operations across Australia, New Zealand, and the United States. Their floating vehicle data has been applied to many hundreds of individual projects to present rich insights into traffic conditions across a range of use cases including:
- Junction optimisation
- Network and route performance
- Construction programming
- Disruption management (incidents and events)
We’re excited to apply this innovative digital technology across our work streams; enabling informed decision making for our clients, towards better outcomes and experiences for their customers.
Our brochure below provides more information.
Supporting the Commonwealth Games
The City of Birmingham hosted the 2022 Commonwealth Games between July 28 and August 2. Various road closures were implemented to manage the surge in visitors and tourism, while Transport for West Midlands (TfWM) also aimed to promote the use of public transport to move 1.5 million spectators to each venue. Ground teams were organised and deployed by TfWM to manage traffic and implement mitigations at specific locations.
4way Consulting provided a team of on-site engineers to manage traffic at three traffic signal locations: Old Walsall Road/Hamstead Road and Old Walsall Road/Rocky Lane in Perry Barr during both the opening and closing ceremonies, and; Winding House Lane/Wheelwright Lane junction for events at Coventry Stadium. We implemented dynamic interventions at the traffic signal sites in response to increased traffic due to the Games. These interventions included the creation of traffic signal cableless linking facility (CLF) plans, validation of traffic signal control strategies, and manual control at the traffic signals if necessary.
Following the completion of the Games, TfWM claimed success in providing seamless and easy to use transport and achieving their aim to deliver a Public Transport of Games. The legacy of the Games leaves the West Midlands with an integrated and well managed transport system that delivers better environmental outcomes for residents. This is the second time that 4way Consulting has supported TfWM in managing major events or construction projects on their network, and we look forward to assisting them in the future.