Consultancy firm Wood has been appointed as lead partner in implementing the project - the first transport modelling and connected vehicle project of its kind in the UK, according to Wood and York city authorities. Wood will work in partnership with Relative Gap, independent strategic transport modeling consultants, and PTV Group, multimodal transport planning software experts. A live model of York’s traffic network will be set up as a digital representation fed from a range of real-time data sources. In addition to traffic optimisation through the live model, a strategic model will provide information as the basis for long-term decision-making concerning the local transport plan, development planning and business case applications.
The real-time model will also provide predictions of traffic responses to planned and unplanned events using live and historical traffic data, ensuring the best possible strategy can be implemented quickly and efficiently, explained Devrim Kara, UK director with PTV which is based in Karlsruhe, Germany.
“This state-of-the-art programme will help the city of York provide a transport plan which enhances its citizens’ lives and helps protect the urban environment,” said Joe Sczurko, chief executive of Wood’s Technical Consulting Solutions business.