In 2017, with funding from the Department for Transport, the City of York launched the Eboracum Project to improve the performance of traffic signals at eight junctions and two pedestrian crossings along the A59 corridor between the inner ring road and Poppleton Bar Park & Ride.
Breaking away from traditional, fixed roadside technologies, the programme will make use of real-time, commercially available floating vehicle data from Inrix in order to generate a greater understanding of live traffic flows and the ability to predict and avoid congestion more accurately. It is a trial scheme that, through improving junction performance locally, will also generate a deeper understanding of the practicalities involved in migrating traffic signal services to connected vehicle data. The programme is currently exploring the use of wi-fi, 5G and G5 radio performance as a means of communicating the necessary data.
“I am delighted we are able to trial so many innovative ways of improving signal performance with new data in York, building on the City’s major investment in full fibre communications. As a small city with limited resources we see the use of new technologies as key to future network management. I welcome the Department for Transport funding to allow Cities like York to undertake research in areas such as this and we will be sharing our findings with other UK authorities via the Transport Technology Forum.”
Darren Capes, City of York, Transport Systems Manager
To find out more information, visit the City of York website.