PBA helps secure major funding for Intelligent Transport Systems in Reading

PBA helps secure major funding for Intelligent Transport Systems in Reading

19 April 2017

READING - Peter Brett Associates has worked closely with Reading Borough Council to secure £250,000 of Department for Transport (DfT) funding to help implement Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems, further progress in Reading’s adoption of Smart City technology.

Cooperative systems are emerging technologies which allow vehicles to talk to other vehicles and elements of infrastructure and which have the potential to enable our transport networks to operate more efficiently and safely.

The implementation of cooperative systems in Reading will improve network operation, and lead the way for cooperative network management, through the use of state of the art variable message signs and by monitoring existing journey times. In addition, the project will investigate connected cycles, both in terms of traffic signal timings and in terms of automatically detecting cycle pinch points where vehicles regularly get close to cyclists. It will also look at more efficient bus priority.

Rob McDonald, Director of ITS with PBA, commented: “This is an exciting project which will help inform the evolution of the Urban Traffic Management and Control systems for a connected world. Reading is one of just 19 authorities to win a share of the £4million award and the implementation of Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems is just the next step in transitioning Reading’s infrastructure to smart technology.”

Recently, PBA also helped Reading Borough Council secure a new smart technology trial allowing blue badge holders to remotely detect when disabled parking bays are available through a smartphone app. Click here for more information.