‘World-leading software’ to keep London’s roads moving

London road network Siemens

New software is being developed to help TfL tackle ‘some of the biggest issues facing the Capital’ – including congestion and road danger.

TfL is responsible for managing 580km of London’s busiest roads, as well as a number of other vital assets such as 6,000 traffic lights, tunnels and bridges.

TfL is working with technology company Sopra Steria to develop a new control centre system, which will give everybody managing the road network a ‘single, unified view of everything happening on the network’. 

This includes up-to-the minute details of all known incidents and the actions being taken.

TfL says the ‘ground breaking software’ will ensure that vital information on incidents is quickly delivered to those who need it most, such as local councils and the emergency services.

In turn, this will help authorities detect and respond to incidents more quickly and efficiently, reducing the road danger they can cause and helping to minimise their impact on congestion.

Glynn Barton, TfL’s director of network management, 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.”

Adrian Fieldhouse, Sopra Steria’s managing director for government, said: “Our vision is to empower government to make a difference to everyone, every day, through the services we design and deliver. 

“The new control room system will make use of rich data to enable TfL to keep citizens and visitors alike safe and on the move through the city’s road network.”

04 September 2019