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Innovation consortium set up to tackle London roadworks


Nine companies have been given a place on Transport for London (TfL) and Plexal’s pilot London RoadLab programme to find innovative solutions to the capital’s roadwork challenges.

Plexal, an innovation centre and coworking space in east London, named the nine companies on Friday.

The programme is being delivered on behalf of TfL and in partnership with major utilities companies and London councils with the aim to make London’s roads smarter, safer and more inclusive during roadworks.

The successful firms include EMU Analytics, Geve, Grid Smarter Cities, Immense Simulations, Mobilized Construction, Oxford Plastic, RSK Environment, Route Reports and Social Asset Management.

Roadworks-related problems that the programme seeks to address include congestion, pollution, potholes and diversions that make streets inaccessible. In addition, the programme is aimed at making roadworks more efficient and safe for on-site workers.

At present, the selected firms are receiving expert advice from Plexal’s innovation team and mentors from across disciplines at TfL.

As part of the programme, Plexal is also hosting roundtable discussions between member firms, TfL, the programme partners and other selected guests to boost TfL’s understanding of how innovations can be included in London’s transport network.

The programme is set to end on 1 May, when the nine selected firms will pitch their ideas to TfL and its partners and be considered for contracts.

Funding for the London RoadLab programme is coming from TfL’s lane rental scheme.

Plexal innovation programme director for mobility Francesca Lavey said: “I am excited to see how a combination of funding, innovation support, pilot sites, data sets and data mentors results in fresh and exciting ways for roadworks to be carried out in the city.”

TfL director of transport innovation Michael Hurwitz added: “London RoadLab is a completely new way of procuring for TfL and along with our partners from the utilities, we’re excited to see which of these innovative ideas and products we can put into practice, making a real difference to the safety and efficiency of roadworks in London.”

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