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It is with deepest regrets that we announce that Peter (Pete) Hutchinson, Managing Director of The Traffic Group, passed away on May 30, 2024 following a short illness. He is survived by his wife Rachel and their three children Kerrie, Ciara and Conor, brother Phil and his parents Mike and Hilary.

A Chartered Physicist, Pete co-founded AGD Systems Limited in 1991 with his father Mike, and his uncle Mark. Pete was the motivating force for the advancement of AGD’s radar detection technologies, their application in the Intelligent Traffic Systems (ITS) market, and the international expansion of the business. He successfully led AGD to its current prominent position in the ITS sector.

Under his AGD Systems leadership, Pete was involved in several strategic acquisitions, leading to the formation of The Traffic Group, and was instrumental in the award of several patents and three Queens Awards for Innovation. His commitment to building a sustainable business was also recognised with two Green Apple awards for environmental best practice. His approach to continuous improvement enabled his employees to thrive, creating a dynamic and highly collaborative workplace where everyone is valued.

One of his greatest joys, after his family, was his work, often remarking “if you enjoy your job, you never work a day in your life!”

Pete was a widely respected figure with the industry, having brought about positive change through working within TOPAS to revise specifications for industry products, and more recently a leading author in the latest temporary traffic signal guidance for the traffic management sector. He was driven by a purpose to make products, roadside installations and road works safer and more efficient for road users, road workers and the general public.

Outside of work, Pete was a passionate cyclist, having won several national and international competitions in cyclo-cross. He had an unbounded enthusiasm for motorsports, reflected in his choice of cars which were his pride and joy. A considerate, quick-witted and intelligent man, Pete was popular within his local community and will be greatly missed by all who knew and worked with him.

The Traffic Group remains a family business, in the hands of Mike, Mark, Phil and Maxine Hutchinson, and continuity plans are in place to minimise disruption to its customers and partners.

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Existing users of the Pike EVO® UTC system will already be familiar with this cost-effective solution which facilitates a simple method of deployment and use of UTC connected temporary signals without the need for cables. This innovative approach of putting temporary signals under UTC control was pioneered by Pike in 2015 and helps keep traffic moving efficiently during disruptive road improvement schemes.

This market leading technology for temporary traffic control solutions has now been formally granted patent status.

  • System Patent GB2534294 ‘Temporary pedestrian or traffic signal controlled by a UTC System’
  • Allows the user to deploy standard Pike EVO® mobile Traffic Signals under UTC control with wireless technology
  • Uses Pike’s robust Radio Communications systems for fast deployment and removal without wires or cables
  • UTC Controller can be deployed with existing EVO® heads saving asset costs
  • UTC connection compatible with UG405 protocol
  • Simple to use push-button design
  • System can provide control up to 34 Heads, 9 Traffic Phases and 8 Pedestrian crossing points