Drivers to benefit from ‘groundbreaking’ tech which will reduce traffic delays and improve journeys

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The update sees 5,500 traffic signal sites upgraded

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Hemma Visavadia

By Hemma Visavadia


Published: 09/06/2024

- 12:06

Transport for London hopes the improvement will reduce traffic jams in the capital

A new “groundbreaking” traffic measure has been rolled out across London which will reduce congestion and improve signal sites.

The update sees 5,500 traffic signal sites upgraded with new tech and replacing the existing Transport for London system


The tech by Yunex Traffic hopes to improve journey times, traffic flows and response times to incidents,

The solution will allow TfL to deliver “reliable and sustainable” journeys for all road users, across the junctions and pedestrian crossing sites in the capital.

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Londoners lose six days a year stuck in traffic

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The update comes as Londoners face losing six days a year stuck in traffic with congestion at its peak.

In total, drivers spend roughly 148 hours a year sitting in traffic with it taking nearly 40 minutes to travel six miles in some cases.

Greg Wilson, Quotezone.co.uk CEO and car insurance expert explained that it can be “frustrating” to think about how many hours drivers spend each year waiting in traffic.

Motorists in the capital are most impacted by congestion, losing nearly a week being stuck behind the wheel.

Carl Eddleston, director of network management and resilience at TfL, explained that the new traffic management system will be a game-changer for London.

“It will use new data sources to better manage our road network, tackle congestion, reduce delays for people choosing healthier travel options and improve air quality,” he said.

The system comes with a range of new features, including an “at-a-glance" system and junction status, and intuitive control features with context-sensitive menus.

TfL will also benefit from automatic system upgrades. It replaces the SCOOT system operating across London for over 30 years.

The tech works by continuously monitoring approaching traffic and allows traffic signal timings to be optimised to enable fewer delays.

The reduced congestion is also hoped to improve air quality in London.

It looks at making London a “healthier, more sustainable and more attractive place” to live, work, play and do business.

Wilke Reints, managing director of Yunex Traffic said: “We are delighted to be at the heart of this ground-breaking programme, having worked closely with TfL to develop this innovative solution for transport authorities both in the UK and internationally.”

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Traffic system update looks at making London a “healthier, more sustainable and more attractive place

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To help save money and avoid being stuck in congestion, drivers should try and plan around busy roads and peak times.

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