posted 2 years ago

£4 Million For Councils To Create Tech-Savvy Traffic Solutions

The Councils that received funding to improve traffic flow, how much, and proposals that must now become reality.

Purpose of funding

A £4 million fund to create technical innovations that minimise traffic congestion, speed-up journeys and benefit the environment has been shared among Councils in England, the Government confirmed. The nineteen successful bidders each received between £50,000 and £300,000. Numerous proposals must now come to fruition.

Proposals in detail

Luton Borough Council plans to collect live car park availability data, for example. Motorists will then be informed – most likely via a smartphone application or an infotainment system - where there is availability. This might cut congestion, as there could be fewer motorists repeatedly circling looking for empty parking bays.

Dorset County Council plans to create an advanced congestion warning application. Among other things, it might confirm that there has been a collision that is causing substantial delays. It might further suggest an alternative route to keep traffic flowing. 

The complete list of successful bidders follows below.

BlackpoolTraffic congestion and parking Bluetooth management technology£234,000
City of YorkConnected vehicle data for traffic signalling to improve congestion£295,200
DerbyshireEarly warning system for congestion enabling drivers to communicate with one another and avoid traffic£237,500
DorsetAdvanced congestion warnings app£182,100
SouthamptonEnabling council to deliver real time travel information to better manage road network£90,000
SwindonAlert system for local authority traffic managers to better disseminate congestion information£235,000
WarringtonUsing Bluetooth and Smart technology to manage traffic flow and provide real-time information to businesses and the general public£300,000
WorcestershireInformation sharing system so traffic incidents can be dealt with quickly by highway staff and vehicles£300,000
NewcastleConnected bus scheme for Arriva Fleet to equip more buses with vehicle infrastructure technology.£98,200
PortsmouthDeveloping platform for Portsmouth’s Traffic Management Centre, enabling communication exchange between vehicles infrastructure and other vehicles£285,000
ReadingImprove roadworks warning, parking and traffic information£250,000
CoventryReal time information on parking bay availability to improve parking services£150,000
SomersetProvide advanced traffic signal phase and timing information for traffic on the M5 - Junction 24, through Bridgewater, to Hinkley Point£290,000
West MidlandsReal time information for drivers to avoid unnecessary stops at traffic signals via hands free smartphone app£285,000
Hounslow, Hammersmith, Fulham and WestminsterSharing information about electric charge points by deploying parking sensors in electric vehicle bays£204,000
LutonTo collect live car park availability data and give straight to drivers to reduce congestion by reducing time looking for spaces£73,500
Milton KeynesProvision of real time information with cameras/sensors and 7 laser sensors at key junctions in Central Milton Keynes enabling monitoring of all available parking£175,000
OxfordshireReal-time parking information for Blue Badge, Pay and Display and electric vehicle charge points with a particular focus on vulnerable road users£239,000
PeterboroughReal time journey information for the visually impaired with a focus on visitors being able to access the new Royal National Institute for the Blind head offices in Peterborough£50,000

Government champions innovative solutions

Roads Minister Andrew Jones said: “I congratulate today’s winners for coming up with cutting-edge, innovative, ideas that will transform journeys for passengers and motorists across the country.”

“Technology is rapidly evolving. This important work shows that if we get it right it can cut congestion, speed up journeys, clean up the environment and improve accessibility”, Mr Jones concluded.