PTV has deployed software for predictive traffic modelling in York to create a real-time city-wide transport model for the first time in the UK. As part of the ‘Smarter Travel Evolution Program – STEP’, York is aiming to reduce traffic jams, emissions and travel times, as well as improve the reliability of the transport network, create better public spaces and enhance safety. Consultancy firm Wood has been appointed as lead partner in implementing the project, which is supported by the government.
The project team will support the city’s mission by designing and deploying a live model of York’s traffic network, in a dynamic digital representation fed from a wide range of real-time data sources. In addition to traffic optimisation through the live model, a strategic model will provide information as the basis for long-term decision-making concerning the local transport plan, development planning and business case applications.
“These new strategic and real-time models will enhance York’s long-term plan for transport provision and provide more informed, robust business cases for the implementation of future projects, in compliance with transport analysis guidance,” says James Gilchrist, assistant director for transport, highways and environment, City of York Council.
“Cutting-edge real-time technology will be able to conduct traffic predictions up to sixty minutes into the future. This insight will facilitate smarter transport decision making, optimised traffic signal plans and better travel advice for road users across the historic city.
“We are excited to begin working collaboratively with Wood and PTV to deliver this ambitious project.”
Joe Sczurko, CEO of Wood’s technical consulting solutions business, adds: “This state-of-the-art program will help the City of York provide a transport plan which enhances its citizens’ lives and helps protect the urban environment.”