The City of York Council has officially opened its new £300,000 state-of-the-art CCTV control centre to extend the provision of its CCTV services.
The York Travel and Control Centre compromises a CCTV control room, which provides round-the-clock coverage from around 120 cameras located throughout the city, and also includes a traffic management service together with facilities for the police to review footage.
The new £300,000 control centre replaces a much smaller CCTV service and will cost around £200,000 a year to run, a figure similar to the costs of the old service due to the technology utilised in the development.
Around £175,000 of funding for the centre came from the government’s Local Transport Plan and £30,000 was provided by the Better Bus Area Fund, with the City of York Council investing £95,000 to bring about the modernisation.
The City of York is working with partners CityFibre and Pinacl Solutions to become the most digitally-connected city in Europe by 2015 through the continuing roll-out of the council’s fibre network, which already connects over 100 council sites, more than 60 schools and 120 CCTV cameras.
Cllr Dave Merrett, cabinet member for transport, planning and sustainability said: “The York Travel and Control Centre brings together the various travel and transport systems which are key to ensuring that York keeps traffic moving, with considerable scope for introducing more active monitoring and management of the road network in future.”
Cllr Linsay Cunningham-Cross, cabinet member for crime and stronger communities, added: “The new state-of-the-art technology will help to widen our CCTV services to cover even more of the city, keeping residents safe and protecting our communities from crime.”