Government awards £4m for transport innovation

The UK Government has awarded £4 million for innovative transport technology projects. It hopes the money will help cut congestion, speed up journeys and clean up the environment. A total […]

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By Jonny Bairstow

The UK Government has awarded £4 million for innovative transport technology projects.

It hopes the money will help cut congestion, speed up journeys and clean up the environment.

A total of 19 councils across England will receive between £50,000 and £300,000 each for their ideas to improve the quality of road journeys and reduce the negative effects they have on air quality.

Around £300,000 will be used to help provide real-time traffic information in Warrington through on-street information displays, social media and phone applications.

Coventry will use £150,000 to install a real-time bay availability system across 450 pay and display parking spots, cutting down idling and circling time.

Another £204,000 will be spread across Westminster, Hounslow, Hammersmith and Fulham to roll out a new generation of electric vehicle (EV) charging points which will alert motorists when they are free.

Road Safety Minister Andrew Jones, said: “I congratulate today’s winners for coming up with cutting-edge, innovative ideas that will transform journeys for passengers and motorists across the country.

“Technology is rapidly evolving and this important work shows that if we get it right, it can cut congestion, speed up journeys, clean up the environment and improve accessibility.”

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