Transport for West Midlands has been successful in its bid on behalf of Birmingham City Council and Solihull Council for a share of a government funding to tackle traffic congestion. TfWM says the money will be used to analyse patterns of congestion on major roads using CCTV cameras so the effects of various incidents on traffic flows can be better understood, and and it will aim to give road users up-to-date information and advice so they can plan their route and journeys accordingly.
TfWM will co-ordinate the two-year project which will focus on some of the region’s busiest roads, including routes directly impacted by construction of HS2 and by Commonwealth Games infrastructure, as well as routes where new Sprint and Metro routes will be introduced. The project will also include Connected and Autonomous Vehicle test bed routes.
West Midlands mayor Andy Street indicated that car travel is the key focus of the project: “The car plays an important role in many people’s lives so it is essential we tackle congestion and speed up journey times for them. This pilot will help us improve the information we give to people during delays and help them to make informed decisions during traffic disruption.”
Ted Richards, cabinet member for transport and highways at Solihull Council, adds: “This is great news for Solihull residents. This two-year pilot will help us to help people make sensible decisions about their travel options, using technology to give a clear picture of where routes are congested and keep people moving.”