This short article describes Southampton's use of variable message signs (VMS) for traffic management and parking in Southampton, England, and discusses the further significance of the ROMANSE project, of which this is a part. Traffic engineers are recognising increasingly that central control over VMS (as part of a computerised urban traffic control (UTC) system) can solve the problems of drivers seeking a parking place and the resulting queues outside car parks. The ROMANSE (ROad MANagement System for Europe) project in Southampton is one of the most ambitious UTC initiatives in the UK. It is part of the SCOPE consortium, funded by the European Community (EC), that includes similar schemes in Germany and Greece, and also part of Hampshire County Council's Transport Initiative. ROMANSE is extending the upgraded version 2.4 of the SCOOT UTC system, installed in Southampton in 1983, to create a comprehensive, real-time, multi-modal travel information centre, that includes a bus tracking system and a car park VMS system. At present, it covers the 13 car parks, with 4600 spaces, around Southampton city centre; separate UTC systems also support VMS parking signs in two other Hampshire cities, Portsmouth and Winchester. Further developments are planned, including VMS with enhanced displays.

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    Landor Publishing Limited

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  • Authors:
    • LEWIS, N
  • Publication Date: 1994-2


  • English

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  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: p. 20-1
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  • Accession Number: 00665300
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Sep 9 1994 12:00AM