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GovTech Catalyst backs three traffic management projects


Mark Say Managing Editor

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Three projects to use data and digital technology in dealing with traffic problems have received £1.5 million from the Government.

The awards to three technology companies have been made through the latest round of the GovTech Catalyst programme, which is aimed at supporting the development of solutions to social issues.

One of the awards has gone to software company Vivacity for a project to run in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole. The firm’s sustainable software monitors traffic, flagging incidents in real time and enabled traffic control operators to respond quickly.

The second is for IM23, which is working with Oxfordshire County Council on a tool to predict congestion by helping traffic controller understand how to keep vehicles moving when roadworks are in operation.

Thirdly, INRIX plans to use vehicle tracks to map their paths for optimising and improving traffic signals around York. This is aimed at enabling traffic to move more freely.

The three projects will be managed by the Department for Transport over the next 12 months.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said: “Transport technology is a growing global sector with the potential to help reduce congestion, emissions and improve connectivity. Today’s competition winners show how world class UK transport tech companies are helping millions of people in our towns and cities every day.”

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