Littlewood Hire

Sales and Hire of Vehicle Activated Signs & Radar

based in Chesterfield with easy access to the whole of the UK
Contact Marc : phone 01246 221469 or email@:

  • Variable Message Sign
  • Variable Message Sign
  • Variable Message Sign
  • Variable Message Sign
  • Variable Message Sign
  • Variable Message Sign
  • Variable Message Sign

Variable Message Signs (VMS) for hire or purchase

We have a wide range of variable message sign to suit most purposes.For more detail please go to our specialist division, Roadside Technologies.

Example - Freeway 3000

Variable Message Sign - Freeway 3000 - from Littlewood HireThe Freeway 3000 mobile variable message sign is Highways Agency approved. It’s versatile and robust, offering a high level of site safety for operators and conformance with the Road Traffic Act.

Freeway 3000 VMS from Littlewood HireIt can be deployed at short notice allowing high quality information to be displayed to critical points of congestion. The easily transportable unit is designed for use when temporary events are likely to bring traffic problems; for road works and in-line works on contra-flows, and offers optical performance in compliance with UK Highways Agency specification TR2136C. The display, which can operate on solar power, is mounted on a hydraulic powered column for raising and lowering and is capable of showing both pictograms and text. It is simple to operate and uses a touch screen user-friendly Operator Interface with various options for remote control, GPS location reporting, radar speed detection, number plate recognition, and PC/ PDA operation.

VMS - Freeway 3000 from Littlewood HireThe Freeway3000 is designed around the highly successful light emitting diode display technology used in the some motorway message signs. It displays a full range of pictograms including warnings, speed restrictions, and lane closure signage. Alternative modes of operation are possible, from static mode, radar mode, scheduled mode, cyclic mode, and bespoke, thus ensuring you can control the sign to suit the application. The unit offers a display area of 50 x 32pixel continuous matrix with a pixel pitch of 40mm; this area can be used for text only, for pictograms, or a combination of the two. The controlling computer has a weatherproof touchscreen for simple set-up and operation.

Example Specification

50 (W) x 32 (H) pixel matrix, pitch 40mm. Amber/ Yellow Light Emitting Diode optics. Text: Character format 7 x 5, 0.7 aspect ratio.

On board Battery power: 12V 28Ah. 12V 320Watt peak. Solar Panel Charging

Typical display approximately 60W. Will operate on battery supply only for up to 100 hours on fully charged batteries. Solar panels can operate sign and charge batteries, or just charge batteries.

Local operation through on-board Operator Interface Unit with touch screen controls. The integral controller communicates over a serial communications port and can be provided with GSM cellphone protocols for remote operation.

Operating Temperature Range -20 to +60°C, 95% RH, non-condensing.

Mobility and Adjustment Facilities:
Stand alone Trailer-mounted VMS, single-axle trailer with handbrake and over-run brakes, standard 50mm ball hitch tow bar, single 7-pin electric coupling, jockey wheel, and corner jacks. Spare wheel with locked storage facility. Battery powered hydraulic column raises sign to viewing position.

Lockable enclosures for controls, electrics, and hydraulics. Lightweight, vandal resistant aluminium enclosure.

Full window in 5mm polycarbonate with vandal resistant finish.

1250Kg (approximate gross laden weight).

Solar Powered and remote controlled VMS

Our VMS are battery driven and a number of them are fitted with solar panels for battery re-charging. Most of our VMS can be controlled remotely via wireless links and a simple internet based interface - ideal when changes of message are required without having to attend on-site.

Rent - Hire - Purchase- Buy - Our Variable Message Signs can provide you with a simple, economic solution.