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Case Study

How Immense is helping London reimagine roadworks

Transport for London is committed to keeping London moving: something that its 30,000 annual roadworks was preventing from happening, in a big way.

At a glance

Key benefits:

  • Rapid testing of roadwork impacts on transportation, the economy and the environment
  • Enhanced communication and collaboration with utility partners and stakeholders
  • Reduced costs and delays of network operations and roadwork planning

Key system features:

  • An activity-based simulation that models the interaction of people, vehicles, infrastructure and any other agents to rapidly evaluate the impacts on transportation, economy and energy

The background

Transport for London​ (TfL) is responsible for managing the public transport system and main roads in Greater London. This includes a fleet of 9,300 buses, 543 trains and the roads in 32 London Boroughs. Being home to the very first underground railway, innovators of the traffic light system and trailblazer of contactless travel payment, technology has always been central to TfL’s development. Therefore, it was only natural that Immense should help TfL solve its roadwork problem.

The mission

Carrying out roadworks in the largest and busiest city in the UK represents a significant challenge for TfL. Not only are roadworks a significant frustration to many, but worth of delays each and every year. In conjunction with Plexal, TfL invited innovators to help transform roadworks in the city as part of London ​RoadLab​.

Specifically, TfL wanted to make roadworks:

  • More inclusive – maintaining accessibility during maintenance and upgrades.
  • Safer – minimising the health and safety risks for workers and the public.
  • Smarter – taking advantage of new and untried solutions to minimise the impact.

The solution

The Immense team worked with TfL to create a real-world digital replica of the transport infrastructure, across several London regions. This was created using different data sources to create a digital representation of traveller and vehicle movements across the city. TfL could then use this digital world to create simulations that tested different scenarios of planned roadworks and maintenance.

The results

Using the real-world scenarios, operational and strategic roadwork planners can now discover and communicate the impact that planned works will have on the city. This includes direct congestion, indirect congestion and air quality.

“Bringing in innovation from the market directly contributes in helping us to deliver the goals set out in the Mayor of London’s Transport Strategy. As such, we continue to share some of our key problem statements to bring in a wide range of innovators such as Immense through programmes like London Roadlab to test their solutions on our network.”

Rikesh Shah, head of commercial innovation at Transport for London

The Future

The Immense team worked with TfL to create a real-world digital replica of the transport infrastructure, across several London regions. This was created using different data sources to create a digital representation of traveller and vehicle movements across the city. TfL could then use this digital world to create simulations that tested different scenarios of planned roadworks and maintenance.

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