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Network Resilience Live Lab

We are leading a pilot project called Live Lab, an exciting project that aims to lay the foundations for a smarter, better connected transport network in the West Midlands. Live Lab will support local authorities in developing ways to integrate digital technology and innovation into the local highways network. To achieve this we are working with:

  • Birmingham City Council
  • Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council

The project uses video technology to monitor congestion across the transport network, developing tools to understand public customer car travel behaviour on the West Midlands road network.

Our Live Lab is part of the ADEPT SMART Places Research Programme, funded by the Department for Transport. The project will run until November 2021.

We’re aiming to:

  • increase capacity, improve efficiency and manage demands on roads
  • understand travel behaviour before, during and after large-scale infrastructure projects
  • make car journeys more efficient through personalised travel planning

We’ll also use this project to extend what the Regional Transport Coordination Centre (RTCC) can do. We use the RTCC to manage disruptions to the network.

News and updates

Our Live Lab recently welcomed Government transport minister Rachel Maclean MP who was shown how more than three million pieces of data a day gathered from the region’s roads network is helping to reduce traffic congestion and keep people moving.

You can read more about the visit here

We also hosted a webinar with partners Arcadis in the Netherlands which you can view here. Watch our webinar about Live Labs on YouTube.

Latest newsletter

We publish regular newsletter about our project and you can read issue 3 here.