High tech road scheme which could help cut congestion.

16 March 2017

Our councillors have given the green light to a project aimed at speeding up journey times for motorists by cutting congestion.  

Last month the Department for Transport announced that we were to get a £237,500 share out of a £4m pot to develop a high-tech solution aimed at providing drivers with early warning of traffic hotspots.

The initiative could see the development of software that would draw together traffic data which could then be fed live into devices such as smart phones or sat navs by a pre-downloaded app and roadside variable messaging signs.

Motorists would then get advance notice of traffic delays in real-time giving drivers the opportunity to choose an alternative route, helping to ease congestion.

The project will be piloted later this year around Derby, Buxton with links to Greater Manchester, Chesterfield, and up the east side of the county including the M1 junctions.

Initially it will be trialled among a small research team, led by engineering consultants Aecom. If it proves a success it could be rolled out to the wider public.

Cabinet Member for Highways, Transport and Infrastructure Councillor Dean Collins, said:

"This project is in its very early stages but it could provide us with a way of being more proactive in managing our roads. The idea is that detailed local traffic information can be gathered together and targeted to motorists live so they are more aware of delays ahead giving them an opportunity to change routes."

Aecom's Technology Services Director Lee Street, said:

"Aecom is excited to be involved in this highly innovative traffic management solution, which could lead the way to a step change in active traffic management solutions for highways authorities.

"Under this project, Aecom aims to empower Derbyshire County Council by providing them with a traffic management solution that will draw together intelligent data, software engineering and service delivery to ease congestion and improve journey time reliability. The solution is expected to have direct social, economic and environmental benefits as well as operational improvements for our client."