The project is a winner of the Highways England multi-million-pound fund for initiatives to tackle air quality around the country’s motorways and major A roads. The competition was facilitated by Innovate UK as a small business research initiative.
Aimsun will be deploying its Aimsun Live software as a strategic real-time decision-making tool alongside technology and air quality modelling from EarthSense and traffic signal technology from Siemens Mobility. Aimsun is a fully-owned Siemens Mobility company and the portfolios often compliment each other to provide operators with predictive tools that interact seamlessly with traffic hardware.
However, this localised approach to reducing emissions may have wider implications for nearby areas: discouraging vehicles from crossing a city centre may overburden a nearby ring road with a net negative effect. A linked consideration is that the rise in active travel initiatives, such as giving pedestrians priority over cars at traffic lights, might have implications on the link roads. Clearly, a holistic approach is needed, where the impact of local measures can be evaluated alongside their implications on the strategic road network, and this is where the NEVFMA project comes in.
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