AN INNOVATIVE mast in Frankholmes Drive near the Stanbrook Road junction, equipped with a wind turbine and solar panel, has been powering traffic monitoring equipment for the past year.
In-road sensors, installed in June 2010, have detected an average of 3,000 vehicles passing through Frankholmes Drive every day, the Department for Transport has told the Solihull News.
An estimated 1,095,000 vehicles will have passed the sensors by their first anniversary.
The site is one of around 180 across the country used by the DfT to calculate national road traffic estimates.
Purchase and installation of the sensors, power supply mast and other equipment cost around £12,000.
The DfT opted for an environmentally friendly power supply in order to reduce the site’s CO2 footprint.