As the environmental impact and financial constraints make conventional widening and the construction of new roads much less appropriate. Interventions are therefore required that help to manage movement in an economic and sustainable way. The smart motorway concept can deliver similar benefits to conventional widening and can be delivered at a reduced cost and in a more sustainable way. So, what could be the next big step for smart motorways?
The Smart City uses technological advances to allow people to make informed choices about when, where and by which mode to travel, while being provided with information on those journeys. Technology also has a role to play in managing the capacity and priorities within those networks to ensure journey time reliability, irrespective of purpose. Technology should be applied to deliver specific objectives in an efficient manner. Such solutions can bring together society, movement and the environment in such a way as to develop long term sustainable solutions.
It is now essential to consider whole life costs from both a financial and environmental perspective. In the last few years, the lighting industry has developed innovative new products and efficient operational regimes that help to address these key challenges. But with many of these new initiatives still in their infancy, how do you know which solution will provide the best value over time?
If one considers a philosophy of managing space dynamically then the potential to transpose concepts and encompass wider visions for sustained, integrated mobility is increased. If the ITS community then works collaboratively and shares broad thinking and unconstrained innovation, the potential is even more powerful.
With energy costs set to rise and the continuing trend for carbon reduction driven by government initiatives, the public sector must develop strategies to reduce energy consumption and deliver a greener service. Harnessing new technologies such as LED is creating opportunities to invest to save in the traffic signals and street lighting sector.
Good project management enables organisations to complete projects on time without unnecessary waste. Whilst formal processes and controls are critical to efficient delivery we believe that subject matter experience and collaborative behaviours are the key to an optimised and truly successful commission. 4way covers the whole project lifecycle from development and design through construction and commissioning to operation and maintenance. Our project managers have managed some of the transport technology industry’s most complex and high profile flagship projects.