Traffic jams sometimes resolve themselves, but more often than that they don't. Behind the scenes, we keep a constant eye on our roads. Has an accident happened, or is there a traffic build-up somewhere? Then we intervene to alleviate the problem. We send out a breakdown truck, communicate advised speeds or recommend alternative routes. That's known as traffic management, a domain that we are organising more and more proficiently. We are collaborating and using new technologies. We have installed intelligent traffic lights: ones that not only have a count-down function but can also allow priority to emergency services, cyclists or busses for example.
We are constantly optimising the traffic management system. On the one hand, this is thanks to the integration of the system for connected and automated driving; on the other hand, road users will increasingly receive better information. Both before and during the journey. We are using the activities described below to improve the accessibility of both our towns and the entire region.And we are intensifying the collaboration between the various road authorities.
1: Coordination of services via Traffic Centre
The road traffic controllers and operational traffic experts at the Traffic Centre for the south of the Netherlands monitor the situation on Brabant's network of roads 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. They intervene where necessary, by means of ad hoc incident management or on the basis of standard scenarios, so that any build up of traffic caused by road works or accidents can be resolved quickly. As a result of their intervention, traffic jams clear more quickly or may not even occur at all.
2: Technical chain management Network Management Systems
Thanks to the link with urban Network Management Systems, the Traffic Centre can implement intervention scenarios in the urban road network. Technical management is aimed at ensuring that the technical infrastructure that forms part of the chain is operating properly, so that regional interventions can be implemented.
3: Regional Teams of Traffic Experts
The aim of the Regional Teams of Traffic Experts is to facilitate a coordinated approach to regional bottlenecks. The teams exchange information and coordinate the scheduling of road works and major events, so that measures can be put in place to keep traffic moving as efficiently as possible. Their task also includes designing, implementing, managing and evaluating these scenarios, and also the retrospective examination of incidents. The Teams make a contribution towards best practices, increasing the liveability in the towns and improving the traffic flow on through roads.
4: Incident management
Incidents have an impact on road safety and on the flow of traffic. In the event of a breakdown or accident, we ensure that the emergency services can do their work quickly and safely, and that a breakdown truck is on hand so that other traffic can soon be on the move again. This package of measures is what is known as 'Incident Management' or IM.
5: Partnership with Talking Traffic
The partnership with Talking Traffic makes it possible to give travellers more reliable and up to date advice. The advice can be better tailored to the local situation. This improves the flow of traffic, road safety and the liveability of the area. New developments in the communication between in-truck systems and traffic regulating signals contribute to this as well.
6: Traffic Management Team Z.NL
Together with all our partners we are working to develop a single traffic system which will enable the road user to reach his destination quickly and safely. The Traffic Management Team Z.NL operates at a strategic and primarily tactical level. They organise the collaboration between the partners, initiate projects and secure/assure new and existing activities, knowledge development and the exchange of know-how.
SmartwayZ.NL and BrabantStad organise the traffic management in Brabant in ever-smarter ways. New technologies, system optimisation and the intensification of collaboration throughout the region are the main priorities. But the primary consideration is the traveller and his journey. Our aim is to ensure that our towns and the region are accessible, safe and a good place to live.