Laura Sharman 17 February 2020

Funding in tech to reduce traffic

Funding in tech to reduce traffic image

Three projects exploring how tech can cut congestion have been awarded £1.5m funding from the Government.

The projects in Oxfordshire, York and Bournemouth will trial new ways of using data to improve driving conditions and reduce traffic jams.

The schemes include using software to monitor traffic and flag incidents in real time, a tool to predict and tackle congestion, and using vehicle tracks to map vehicle ‘paths’ to improve traffic signals.

James Gilchrist, City of York Council assistant director for transport, highways and environment, said: ‘We are thrilled to be pioneering innovative ways of using data to improve traffic management in the city.

’This will help us to make better informed decisions, reduce congestion, prioritise road space for sustainable transport and help to increase the reliability of bus services.’

The funding is part of the £20m Govtech Catalyst fund to help solve local transport issues through tech.

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