Traffic and Environmental Management in Urban Areas and Public Information
N Hodges, Leicester City Council, UK
Leicester, the United Kingdom?s first Environment City, was European Sustainable City in 1996. Urban Traffic Control, installed in 1970 with the SCOOT (Split Cycle Off-set Optimisation Technique) demand responsive traffic control system, was upgraded in 1988 and again in 1996. Integrating this with Air Quality Monitoring, Modelling and Forecasting
identifies in ?near realtime? and 24/48 hour horizons pollution ?hot spots? providing information to enable dynamic traffic demand management and allow an informed public to exercise choice concerning intermodal travel. The HEAVEN Decision Support System has been developed. Differential Global Positioning System provides real-time bus location and passenger information. Integrated Application for Digital Sites project uses dynamic data injection and retrieval, virtual private networks, CCTV, to disseminate information to the community via a variety of media including VMS (Variable Message Signs), RDS-EON (Radio Data System ? Enhanced Other Network), cable networks and www.leicesterequal.co.uk. In the context of the Central Leicestershire Local Transport Plan 2006 ? 2011 and Leicester Air Quality Review and Assessment 2000/04, the Air Quality Action Plans are reviewing a variety of Traffic Demand Management Strategy options. Particular emphasis is placed on
the role of the Intelligent Transport System in providing solutions. The impact of traffic on health is being investigated with the World Health Organisation.
Comparative Private and Public Transport Journey times are being assessed in real-time using SCOOT and ANPR for display at roadside VMS and via ?e-Government? platform. Air Quality Reporting and Management is being explored within the CITEAIR project http://citeair.rec.org. Work is being undertaken on the assessment of noise from traffic.
Association for European Transport