After several months of silence, a report has been produced on the progress being made in further automating real time traffic management systems in the City.
Called the “Smart Transport Evolution Programme” (STEP), the government funded initiative, would see a newly deployed real-time traffic model used in the City.
It will forecast road conditions 5-60 minutes ahead and could produce alerts allowing Network Monitoring Officers to make pre-emptive traffic interventions.
The Council says that the £2.8 million system would give them the “the ability to forecast near-future traffic conditions and make pre-emotive traffic interventions which will improve the overall efficiency of the road network, resulting in a greater ability to prioritise road space for users in line with the Council’s Road User Hierarchy.
This can include improved bus service schedule adherence, “with an ability to resolve issues that affect public transport services at an earlier point in time”
The system “allows York to prepare for advances in urban travel such as Connected and Autonomous Vehicles”.
“The programme will shortly be delivering a Green Light Optimal Speed Advisory trial to the A59 and A1079, a service that sends real-time and future traffic signals conditions into smart phones and cars with advice on the most efficient speed to travel safely at to get through on green”
Providing travellers with up-to-date information about what conditions they can expect to encounter on journeys should be an important part of any future travel strategy.
We therefore wish the project well.
The inability of the Council to provide even parking space availability feeds into sat. nav. systems, web sites and street signs does, however, give some cause for concern.