A behind the scenes tour of Traffic Scotland’s National Control Centre

An unimposing building with an unparalleled view of the three bridges sits on the banks of the River Forth in South Queensferry.

Their attention is wholly focused on the computer screens in front of them and the 40, 46 inch television monitors which are at the heart of their work. For it is here that 3500 kilometres of motorway and trunk roads across Scotland are monitored via more than 440 CCTV cameras on the main arteries between our major cities – 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The man in charge, Stein Connelly, has worked in traffic control since 1984 so there’s not much he hasn’t seen before.Clearly passionate about his work and proud of the team he works alongside, he has kindly agreed to give us a glimpse of what goes on behind the scenes.