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MORE – Multi-modal Optimisation of urban road space in Europe

Project Overview

MORE is developing tools to assist cities in their roadspace design process. Corridor roads are under pressure from increased mobility. Delays and variable travel times result in time losses for road passengers and freight deliveries. This requires a more efficient use of road space, applying multimodal design.

Developing safe and attractive cities demands transport and city planners to encourage street activity and reduce traffic dominance. MORE will develop design concepts that acknowledge such variety in economic and social interests, considering the needs of all road users.

The 18-partner MORE consortium is led by University College London. MORE will develop and review tools and procedures in five Nodes of the Trans European Transport Network (TEN-T): Budapest, Constanta, Lisbon, London and Malmö.

MORE is developing solutions to enable city authorities to make the best use of available road-space. It will test ways of optimally allocating the available capacity dynamically, in space and time; taking advantage of advances in big data, of new materials, and using dynamic traffic signing and lane marking capabilities.

By improving road performance, benefits such as reduced congestion, noise, and pollution are expected which are especially important in growing urban areas.

New computer and web-based tools will be developed to design road space reallocation and will be evaluated through microsimulation and real life testing along four carefully selected urban corridors which link with the TEN-T Network in London, Malmo, Lisbon and Budapest.

  • Dynamic use of road space:
    • temporary changes to lane use e.g. priority lanes at rush hour / speed limit changes / dynamic bus lanes;
    • dynamic parking / loading options (e.g. Go Park app – optimal kerbside park search);
    • ramp meters.
  • Redesign of selected streets (London demonstration) according to these new processes

London Pilot – A2 corridor

TfL has chosen the A2 as their pilot corridor which will see dynamic traffic management systems tested to improve flow, especially at different times of the day. This will include temporary road space reallocation, dynamic bus lanes, variable speeds limits, dynamic parking and loading options (similar to Go Park app – optimal kerbside park search). Actual and simulated impacts evaluated on traffic flow will be assessed. The A2 is interesting in that its priority road functions and users close to the M25 are very different to those at the south circular.

Our Approach

We are involved in many of the key areas of research and responsible for coordinating the pilots in the four cities where urban corridors will be redesigned and evaluated (real life and simulation) for impact on traffic movement. Vectos will design and deliver focus groups where stakeholders and residents will be invited to co-design the streets that best meet their needs. Vectos will also contribute to the subsequent road management manuals for optimal road space allocation and draft fact sheets which summarise how planners can apply the tools for more efficient street design.

Results So Far

Vectos is coordinating the city pilots in London, Budapest, Constanta, Lisbon and Malmo. This involves creating new street designs – through an innovative co-creation process with stakeholders and community groups – to improve performance along key corridors in the cities. Indicators have been selected prioritising objectives on road safety, air quality and journey time reliability. New designs will be assessed via microsimulation and recommendations made to policy makers.