A contract has been awarded by Transport for London (TfL) to develop software so the organisation can tackle problems associated with congestion and road danger.
The contract has been awarded to leading information technology firm Sopra Steria, who will work alongside TfL to develop a new control centre system, from which the road network will be managed, giving everybody a single, unified view of what is going on throughout the road network.
It is necessary given that TfL is responsible for managing almost 600km of the busiest roads in the capital, along with thousands of traffic lights, tunnels and bridges.
By developing the control centre system, road danger will be averted because the software will provide up-to-the-minute details of all incidents and accidents being taken.
The software will be owned by TfL, who will collaborate with Sopra Steria to develop it, enabling TfL to detect and respond to incidents quickly and efficiently.
This will vastly reduce road danger and minimise the impact on congestion.
London is leading the way in road safety; its Vision Zero commitment will guarantee changes. Whilst much more needs to be done if deaths and serious injuries are to be eliminated by 2041, plans are being put in place to hit these targets, such as the Direct Vision Standard, working with fleets to ensure HGV cabs are safer.
With the new software, it is another step in the overall aim of eliminating collisions on London’s roads.
The Director of Network Management at TfL, Glynn Barton, said: “We’re working to completely overhaul the way we manage London’s road network as we tackle some of the biggest challenges our growing city faces, such as poor air quality, road danger and congestion.
“Our world-leading work with Sopra Steria will enable us to respond to incidents on the roads much more quickly, keeping the roads safe and clear, and helping to keep London moving.”