FIRST CLASS BLUEPRINT (TRAFFIC CONTROL)

This short article describes Birmingham's investment in sophisticated traffic management technology, which will help to attract its residents from their cars to improved public transport systems. It is installing one of the world's largest SCOOT-based urban traffic control (UTC) systems, as part of the European Quartet project. Travel by public transport will be encouraged by: (1) electronic bus stop displays to indicate expected bus arrival times; (2) computerised journey-planning and timetable information; (3) online terminals at travel information centres; (4) in-street screens that travellers can question directly. There will be an automatic bus locator system, and a bus priority traffic control system is being tested. Installation of the SCOOT system began in November 1993, and is due to finish in January 1995; its initial capacity of 500 signalised intersections could increase to 1500. The UTC's visible part is a vast display wall, including an illuminated map of the city's road network, and banks of screens showing images from ten television cameras at strategic junctions around the city. The UTC system has been designed to be flexible and extensible. When it is fully installed, it is expected that journey times will be reduced by about 20%, with corresponding fuel savings and reduction of pollution.

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    FAVERSHAM HOUSE GROUP LTD

    FAVERSHAM HOUSE, 111 ST JAMES'S ROAD
    CROYDON, SURREY  United Kingdom  CR9 2TH

    Thomas Telford Limited

    London,   United Kingdom 
  • Authors:
    • CRUICKSHANK, J
  • Publication Date: 1994-3

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  • English

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  • Accession Number: 00663477
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Aug 24 1994 12:00AM