Hi-tech plan to cut traffic issues - The Evesham Observer

Hi-tech plan to cut traffic issues

Evesham Editorial 11th Jan, 2019   0

HIGHWAYS chiefs have given the green light to a project to examine whether the town’s traffic lights could be improved in order to cut the congestion faced by fed-up town commuters.

Worcestershire County Council is in the process of assessing whether technological advancements could improve efficiency as part of the ongoing scheme to improve travel through the town.

All traffic signals detect and respond to the traffic which is present but the software that controls this response is improved from time to time. The update will ensure Evesham’s traffic signals are up to date and working as efficiently as possible.

The Observer reported last year on more than 20 options which have been considered in a bid to improve traffic in Evesham in the future which was reduced down to just four changes which are currently being examined further.

Measures being considered include improvements to junctions and traffic signals together with improved facilities for cycling and walking, whilst a part of the strategy is looking at the possibilities for improving how the A46 functions.

Council chiefs will conclude work on the feasibility of the options in the spring as part of the Evesham Traffic Model.

Worcestershire County Council, in partnership with Wychavon District Council, is developing the Evesham Town Transport Strategy to address the town’s transport problems with a measured, incremental package of schemes which consider all modes of transport.

Coun Ken Pollock, cabinet member for Economy and Infrastructure, said: “This validation process is the latest step in the Evesham Transport Strategy, which seeks to develop and deliver a range of measures across the short, medium and long term.

“As we have said before, Evesham’s congestion can only be addressed by a range of measures.”

Visit www.worcestershire.gov.uk/evesham for more on the scheme.

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