Bournemouth, Christchurch & Poole is going to benefit from a new investment of £250,000 which will massively level up transport across the area.
Michael welcomed the funding which will help cut congestion, boost safety and reduce journey times and emissions – a commitment set out in the Government’s recently announced Transport Decarbonisation Plan.
The funds can be used by local authorities to repair existing equipment and modernise traffic signals. Improved signal operations will reduce traffic queues and provide better facilities for pedestrians and cyclists.
In addition to this important new funding, the Government also today published findings from a new initiative to speed up research into new and innovative ways to fix potholes.
The cutting-edge Digital Information Brokerage (DIB) will encourage work with small and medium sized businesses outside of the transport sector to discover new technologies to speed-up pothole repairs.
The DIB has already made significant discoveries in this area, including using materials such as graphite nanoparticles to reduce cracks in the road and bio-bitumen to create environmentally friendly surfaces. It also is working on robot technology that will minimise risk to road maintenance workers.
The Government already supports the use of advanced technology like drones to spot road defects and has backed 3D printing to rapidly repair road cracks.
The Government also announces a new data standard for local road condition monitoring, which will allow councils to gain more accurate and useful data so that road repair can be quicker and more effective.
All of this will make roads across BCP safer, greener, and cut journey times as we build back better.
Read more about this announcement here.