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Local Authority Transport Case Studies

These case studies demonstrate how transport technology is being applied by local authorities. If you have a transport technology story we’d like to hear from you. We are currently preparing the third edition of the publication. If you would like to submit a case study please complete this form and send it to use before the closing date of 30 September 2018.

 

A78 Fairlie traffic lights saving lives

Partners: Clearview Intelligence, Transport Scotland, TransServ       

After a survey showed frequent occurrences of unsafe driving behaviour and speeding, Transport Scotland and Scotland TranServ put various traffic calming solutions in place. However, with follow-up surveys showing that a significant proportion of vehicles were still travelling in excess of 30mph, they used an innovative scheme which used existing traffic signals in the village to help slow down speeding drivers.                                           

 

Application of data management solution to increase the quality and consistency of bus service data

Partners: Hogia Transport Systems Limited, Norfolk County Council

Local authorities are under increasing pressure to process complex data from bus operators into a form suitable for timetables and other at stop information to create Real-Time Passenger Information (RTPI) systems. Recognising the data management challenge ahead Norfolk County Council (NCC) has taken early steps to introduce advanced data integration and management tools that are widely deployed in Scandinavia and support all relevant UK data interchange standards (TransXChange-TXC, ATCO-CIF, SIRI).

 

Cutting edge vehicle sharing using real-time vehicle, infrastructure and public transport data

Partners: Carplus, Co-wheels, Frome Town Council, Trip IQ

Co-wheels operates over 30 car clubs, increasingly introducing shared electric vehicles. They are introducing Trip IQ‘s fully managed, cloud-hosted service, giving tools for cutting edge vehicle sharing using real-time vehicle, infrastructure and public transport data. In Frome in Somerset, Cowheels’ vehicles are charged by solar panels, reducing carbon emissions. The Frome club has strong support, so the new TripIQ software will allow the operator to ensure requested cars are sufficiently charged between users.

 

Digital unattended system for enforcement of complex moving traffic offences

Partners: London Borough of Barnet, Videalert Ltd

To make roads safer, improve traffic and reduce pollution, the London Borough of Barnet wanted to enforce moving traffic contraventions at more than 20 locations and increase parking related road safety at 32 schools. To deliver this, the Council awarded a contract to OpenView Security Systems to install Videalert.

 

Enabling vehicles to communicate safety hazards to others on the road

Partners: Finnish Transportation Agency (FTA), Finnish Transport Safety Agency (Trafi), HERE Global B.V.

HERE was selected by Finnish traffic agencies to lead a two-year pilot project that enables vehicles to communicate safety hazards to others on the road. The public phase of pilot assesses the capability of current and emerging mobile network and location cloud technologies to support the timely communication of critical safety information. Drivers can effectively warn others approaching the area and alert the authorities about obstructions on the road, unprotected accident areas or poor visibility with two taps on their smartphone.

 

Installation of intelligent road studs to reduce roundabout inadvertent lane transgression

Partners: Amey, BEAR (Scotland), Clearview Intelligence, Transport Research Institute at Edinburgh Napier University, Transport Scotland

Sheriffhall is a six-arm roundabout which connects several important routes, handling upwards of 42,000 vehicles a day, the high traffic volumes means it has the potential to become very congested at peak times. Despite improvements in 2008 that dramatically increased Sheriffhall roundabout’s capacity, the roundabout remained highly prone to accidents. After lane transgression was identified as the primary cause of accidents, an LED-powered, intelligent road stud scheme was proposed to guide traffic through the roundabout.

 
 

Intelligent flood warning system informs traffic control strategies

Partners: SWARCO Traffic Limited, Warwickshire County Council

SWARCO Traffic has designed and installed an intelligent flood warning system to divert drivers away from a ford in Kenilworth that has been causing severe problems during flood events. The ford can be the cause of significant traffic problems during flood conditions; partly because drivers are unsure whether the road is passable and also because smaller cars can get into trouble when a passing larger car causes a bow wave.

 

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Partners: Arup, Buckinghamshire County Council, Clearview Intelligence, Hertfordshire County Council, Highways England, Imperial College London, InterDigital Europe, Northamptonshire County Council, Oxfordshire County Council, Traak, Worldsensing

The availability of transport-related data from multiple sources across different modes and geographic boundaries has the potential to enable a multitude of innovative applications and services. However, supporting such data feeds may be financially challenging and they can lack a standardized interface. The development of an open data platform and marketplace provides an economically attractive solution for local authorities (data providers), and easy and standardised access mechanism to data for applications providers (data consumers).

 

Smart Phone enabled pedestrian crossings to assist the visual impaired

Partners: City of Edinburgh Council, Neatebox

Neatebox have used their knowledge of visual impairment and routine experience of unsafe and poorly installed pedestrian crossings to design a system by which the blind, visually impaired and pedestrians living with reduced mobility could interact with the environment around them simply using their smartphone and the Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) functionality within.

 

Using crowd sourced data to provide cosy effective journey time information

Partners: Clancy Plant Hire Ltd, Highways England, Rennicks UK Ltd, Transport for Greater Manchester, Virtus Ltd

The Department for Transport (DfT) recently issued a Major Project instruction that specifies journey time information must be displayed in “all Major Projects schemes … that; are longer than four kilometres in length and; have more than three months left to completion as of end of June 2016”. Rennicks’ Virtual Journey Time Solution makes use of crowd sourced data to provide the ability to deliver journey time information to drivers in a cost effective way, without the need to install detection equipment at the side of the road.

 

Using virtual loading bays to intelligently manage restricted kerb space

Partners: Grid Smarter Cities (Grid), Westminster City Council

Kerb space in city centres has many competing users and often inflexible enforcement and expensive traffic management methods. Virtual Loading Bays (VLB) by Grid Smarter Cities, is a real-time dynamic, solution which helps councils to intelligently manage restricted kerb space. VLB allows councils to utilise kerb space by enabling drivers to reserve the space, enabling an integrated and positive traffic management strategy, reducing congestion and smoothing traffic flows.