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DfT spurs local tech innovation with £4m funding award

David Bicknell Published 21 February 2017

Nineteen councils to benefit, with awards from £50K to £300K available to cut traffic congestion, speed up journeys and clean up the environment

 

The Department for Transport has awarded technology funding worth £4m to several councils across England to improve journeys through digital innovation.

The line-up includes apps that notify motorists of congestion and free parking spaces, real time journey information for visually impaired passengers, improved parking in city centres and advice on when electric car charging points become available.

Nineteen councils across England will receive between £50,000 and £300,000 each for their ideas to improve journeys through digital innovation.

The successful bidders include:

  • £234,000 for Blackpool to use Bluetooth technologies to cut traffic congestion
  • £182,000 for Dorset to provide advance congestion warnings for drivers on the A31 using an app
  • £300,000 for Warrington to provide real-time information to businesses and public through on-street information displays, social media and phone apps
  • £150,000 for Coventry for a real-time bay availability system across 450 pay and display parking spots
  • £204,000 for Westminster, Hounslow, Hammersmith and Fulham to roll out a new generation of electric vehicle charge points which will provide real-time data to motorists when they are available
  • £50,000 for Peterborough to use digital technology to provide real time journey information directly to visually impaired people

Roads 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.”

The full list of winners is:

 







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