Multi-million pound technology upgrade for North East roads in bid to cut traffic
The North East Combined Authority are geared up to spend £3.64m fitting hi-tech cameras on some of the region’s busiest roads
North East councils are to put £3.64m towards improving traffic on some of the region’s most congested roads by rolling out new technology.
Cameras which track vehicles by reading number plates will be installed on congested routes, allowing traffic signals to be adjusted to fit traffic flow.
Although it’s yet to be decided precisely which roads will benefit, the council are hopeful the money can help to ease traffic problems on key highways.
The North East Combined Authority (NECA) has received a £2.8m grant from the Department for Transport for the works, with the rest of the funding coming from local authority contributions.
Nick Forbes, leader of Newcastle City Council and head of transport for NECA, said the funding was good news for North East motorists.
He said: “This funding is great news for commuters and business and will help cut journey times across the area.
“We have a great facility here in the North East where we work together across the area to monitor the traffic network across local authority boundaries.
“This new investment means we can connect up traffic signals across key routes so we can smooth our traffic flows where we see congestion building up and adjust traffic signals right across the network to keep traffic moving at peak periods.
“Providing reliable journey times and improving connectivity across the region is also a real benefit for our local economy as it helps people to access jobs and training and supports the efficient transport of goods.”
The new cameras will be monitored via the authority’s transport hub and will also be put towards installing new digital signs.
It was one of 76 successful projects across the country to win a share of £244m to put towards such projects.
Transport experts are increasingly turning to technological solutions to deal with the country’s congestion problem.
A futuristic road crossing made entirely of LED lights and operated by cameras was recently unveiled by a London based firm called Umbrellium.
The crossing, which is in the prototype phase, can alert drivers when a pedestrian is about to step into the road without looking and change size depending on how many people are using it.