TfL invests in new technology to improve traffic flow

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The UK division of Spanish IT company Sopra Steria has been awarded a contract to develop new software for TfL that will help tackle some of the capital’s most urgent problems, such as congestion and road danger.

Responsible for some 360 miles of the capital’s busiest roads, as well as tunnels, bridges and 6,000 traffic lights, TfL and Sopra Steria will work closely to develop a new system to give control centres a single unified view of the city’s streets, with accurate real time information on incidents and actions taken.

The new software will be owned by TfL and enable it, along with other agencies and services, to respond more quickly and efficiently to minimise the impact of incidents on traffic flow. Just one of a number of upgrades planned over the coming years to help reduce road danger and tackle pollution and congestion on London’s streets, the new control centre system is part of TfL’s wider strategy to transform how it manages its road network. The Surface Intelligent Transport Systems program is using new technology to get the most out of the road network, increasing reliability and helping to reduce congestion. In June 2018, TfL awarded a contract to Siemens to develop and install new Real Time Optimiser technology across London, which will dramatically improve TfL’s ability to control its traffic lights in response to real life incidents and conditions.

“We’re working to completely overhaul the way we manage London’s road network as we tackle some of the biggest challenges our growing city faces, such as poor air quality, road danger and congestion,” said Glynn Barton, TfL’s Director of Network Management. “Our world-leading work with Sopra Steria will enable us to respond to incidents on the roads much more quickly, keeping the roads safe and clear and helping to keep London moving.”