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TfL launches roadworks innovation competition

Roadworks on lloyds row borough of islington london august 11th 2014   1

Transport for London (TfL) is looking for innovative solutions to minimise the impact of roadworks in the City.  

Infrastructure innovators are urged to submit their ideas to improve safety and reduce disruption to roadworks sites. It is estimated that disruption to the roads costs the economy £2bn per year.

In TfL’s first ever innovation partnership, the London RoadLab scheme is being run as a partnership with innovation centre Plexal.  

The solution needs to “make London’s roads safer, smarter and more inclusive during roadworks”. RoadLab is looking for innovators with a working prototype of a solution that’s not previously been used in a roadworks environment. 

What are the jugdes looking for in the solution to London’s delays from roadworks?  

Inclusive: Streets must be accessible to all Londoners in line with the Mayor’s Healthy Streets vision. How do we leverage technology to make our roads even more inclusive during maintenance work and upgrades? 

Safer: How do we minimise the health and safety risks for workers and the public even further during roadworks, which will help reduce road danger and achieve the Mayor’s Vision Zero goal of eliminating death and serious injury from London’s roads? 

Smarter: Developments in smart technology across all industries are already shaping London into a city of the future. But how can we take advantage of new and untried solutions to further minimise the impact of roadworks?

After a multi-stage selection process, supported by partners from utilities and London Councils, those selected will receive mentoring, access to TfL data, bespoke support and funding across a 10-week programme in early 2019.  

Innovators will also be given the option to pilot infrastructure prototypes on test sites in London. 

TfL’s Director of Transport Innovation Michael Hurwitz said: “Working with Plexal, our first ever innovation partnerships programme will target an even wider range of innovative companies, supporting the ambitions of the Mayor and his Chief Digital Officer to make London the smartest city in the world.  

“We are excited to be bringing together a unique collection of partners from the utilities to collectively seek new ideas and products that will help us to make roadworks smarter, safer and more inclusive.” 

At the end of the programme, members will pitch their ideas to TfL and its partners to be considered for contracts. 

Applications for the first stage of selection close 26 November at 12 noon. Further details on the timescales are on the TfL procurement portal.  

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