A new control room system will give Transport for London (TfL) access to more data about congestion, bus performance, weather and roadworks to help keep London’s roads moving.
IT company Sopra Steria has won a contract to develop software that will detect incidents more quickly and efficiently, helping TfL to tackle some of the biggest issues facing the capital, such as congestion and road danger.
The transport body manages London’s red routes – a network of key routes such as the A40 and A406 (North Circular Road) — as well as the capital’s 6,000 sets of traffic lights and other assets. Its responsibilities include responding quickly to incidents such as floods and road traffic collisions; repairing defects such as potholes, damaged signs or street lighting; and gritting the roads during the winter.
According to TfL, the new control centre system will give everyone managing the road network a single, unified view of everything happening on the network, including up-to-the minute details of all known incidents and the actions being taken.
The advanced software will also be able to analyse multiple sources of information to generate rapid incident alerts for TfL staff and ensure that vital information on incidents is quickly delivered to those who need it most, such as local councils, the emergency services and other organisations, as well as TfL’s customers and companies providing routing advice to road users.
Glynn Barton, TfL’s director of Network Management, said: “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. 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.”