Smart Motorways

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20 September 2018 18:30 - 21:00
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Description

Highways England has over 300 miles of smart motorway and this is set to increase this to over 500 miles by 2020. A key element of smart motorways is the real time management of speed to improve traffic flow and reduce accidents.  Traditional speed/flow models from the 1950s form the basis for this although the complexity and mechanisms have changed over the years. Today’s traffic management uses roadside detectors to monitor traffic, setting speeds in real-time to reduce congestion. Garry Packer from Highways England will talk about the evolution of smart motorways and how speed restrictions help improve traffic flow.


 

Garry Packer BA MSc MCIHT is currently head of calibration and optimisation services at Highways England. Garry started his career as an electrical & electronic engineering apprentice and has worked on high integrity control systems for most of his career.  He joined what was then the Highways Agency in 2001 and was responsible for type approving traffic signals, involved in the development of radio controlled traffic signals and the use of LEDs in both message signs and signals. After several years in a number of control engineering roles at Highways England he now manages a small team of engineers and data analysts who monitor the performance of the smart motorway queue protection & congestion management algorithms. He also works closely with colleagues developing the next generation of traffic management systems.

Speaker(s)

Garry Packer BA MSc MCIHT is currently head of calibration and optimisation services at Highways England. He now manages a small team of engineers and data analysts who monitor the performance of the smart motorways.

Address

Room TC016
Technology Centre
Bridgwater and Taunton College
Wellington Road
TAUNTON
TA1 5AX
United Kingdom

Contact Details

John Earp
01823 338348
Tall Trees
Cheddon Road
TA2 7QT
Taunton, United Kingdom
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