'ATM to Managed Motorways' - Delivering Operational Benefits to Road Users Through the Introduction of Innovative Technology Solutions.
P Unwin, Highways Agency, UK; P Marsh, Mouchel, UK
The paper considers how the effective use of technology, to operate the strategic road network, can be balanced with the existing highway footprint in order to address congestion, safety and environmental concerns.
This paper considers the approach that is being developed to tackle the problems and issues surrounding safety and network capacity in the UK. The Active Traffic Management (ATM) Pilot project on the M42 between Junctions 3A and 7 commenced operation in September 2006 and became the first motorway in the UK to dynamically use the hard shoulder as a ?normal? running lane. The Pilot project has led the way for new approaches to tackling congestion and provides effective and innovative technology solutions that can be applied internationally. The Pilot has demonstrated that hard shoulder running is successful in reducing congestion, improving the predictability of journey times and increasing motorway capacity.
The success of the ATM Pilot has led to the UK Government announcing an additional 340 miles of hard shoulder running to be rolled out across the strategic road network, the concept has developed from ATM and is now known as ?Managed Motorways?. The paper will consider how the effective use of technology, to operate the network, can be balanced with the existing highway footprint in order to address congestion, safety and environmental concerns.
The paper will focus on the operational benefits that the introduction of Managed Motorways will bring to the network in order to meet customer needs for improved journey time reliability whilst also delivering Government targets for increased capacity, reduced environmental impact and maintaining, or improving where possible, the safety of all road user populations. The paper will provide evidence to support these statements from the experiences obtained through the success of the ATM Pilot and also look at how re-focusing Roads investment on the enhanced use of technology will deliver tangible, value-for-money benefits to the travelling public. The paper will demonstrate that the appropriate use and operation of technology can lead to changes in driver behaviour which will also provide significant benefits.
Association for European Transport