Transport for London is introducing new technology to ease traffic in the capital and minimise disruption on the roads as major work to improve the network continues.
TfL had been tasked with developing new ways to ease disruption while they continue their £4bn Road Modernisation Plan.
The measure include a new generation of digital road signs to provide people with real-time information on journeys using major routes into London. The signs will initially be trialled on the A12, A13 and A40.
TfL is also trialling a new operating system of temporary traffic lights that can be remotely controlled from TfL’s traffic control centre. This will mean the phasing of traffic lights can be changed quickly and efficiently by staff at the control centre to improve traffic flow and cut delays through roadwork areas.
The TfL website has also recently been updated with a rainbow-board to alert people to delays on key arterial roads, as well as have detailed maps with anticipated disruption for the coming months, particularly during peak hours.
The use of road junction technology will be expanded, including ‘Split Cycle Offset Optimisation Technique’ (SCOOT) to optimise traffic light timings in outer London. The introduction of SCOOT has proven to reduce delays by up to 12 per cent at each junction where it has been installed. By May 2016, almost 4,000 sites will be using this technology across London. By 2018, more than three-quarters of London’s 6000 junctions will be upgraded with SCOOT, helping to manage and reduce congestion.
TfL will be working with sat-nav companies to get TfL’s data feeds to update sat-navs so motorists can be provided with real-time TfL information as they drive, ensuring they can take the most appropriate routes.
These measures are being developed to accompany existing ongoing work to ease congestion, such as working with the freight industry to retime deliveries to avoid the busiest times – an online road impact tool allows freight operators to see works up to 12 months ahead to understand the impact for each set of works. With 90 per cent of goods moved around London by road, TfL also continues to provide tailored advice to boroughs, operators, businesses and others to help them re-time deliveries to occur outside the peak times of 07:00-13:00 or routing them away from the busiest locations.
Mayor of London Boris Johnson said: “Each day 80 per cent of trips in the capital take place on the roads and TfL is pulling out all the stops to help make those journeys as efficient as they can be. A growing population and a strong economy mean that keeping pace with the rising expectations of all road users in a great city like ours is always going to be a challenge. However, with the biggest investment in a generation and making savvy use of new technology we’re working to deliver a more intelligent network that works better for everyone. Tackling congestion is a key part of the plan to improve the efficiency, safety and reliability of the roads. This will in turn help us to deliver world class urban realm, better cycling and pedestrian facilities and ensuring that our road network is fit for purpose in the 21st century.”