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Plans for Medway to become ‘smart city’ accelerate as council chiefs bid for technology infrastructure on A2

PUBLISHED: 08:53 26 July 2017 | UPDATED: 08:53 26 July 2017

Council chiefs want to see more smart technology

Council chiefs want to see more smart technology

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Bosses are looking for improved CCTV provision and more reactive traffic signalling between Strood and Rainham

Plans to reinvent Medway as a ‘smart city’ have accelerated after council chiefs bid for government funding to improve infrastructure on the A2.

An initial proposal was submitted for the National Productivity Infrastructure Fund with the aim of putting in place improved transport links, including better roads that will help people access work, school and services.

The council proposes to introduce smart technology infrastructure on Medway’s key A2 road, on the east to west carriageway, to reduce journey time and ease congestion.

This will also support the council’s work to improve air quality in the area as the new technology will work in collaboration with the three existing Air Quality Management Areas to tackle the health and economic impact of pollution.

Medway is growing at a rapid pace and the towns are forecast to grow by 50,000 residents by 2035 and bosses warn that its development creates challenges for the current road provision.

If the funding bid is successful, the council says it will use the funding to ensure Medway’s roads are fit for the future.

Smart technology has already had a positive effect in the area, with average speed cameras helping to reduce speed traffic accidents and improve road safety.

The council has proposed a range of measures to implement smart technology, including improved CCTV provision and more reactive traffic signalling to help reduce congestion and improve journey time.

Phil Filmer, portfolio holder covering transport strategy, said: “The population of Medway is anticipated to significantly grow over the next couple of decades and it is important we continue to plan for the future.

“Our vision is to install smart technology along the A2 from Strood to Rainham to help reduce congestion and air pollution.

“We have applied for a grant from the government’s new National Productivity Infrastructure Fund and if successful there will be smart technology along Medway’s roads in the future.”

When releasing the fund, transport minister Andrew Jones said: “Roads play a significant part in everyday life linking people with jobs and businesses with customers, which is why this government is investing record amounts improving and maintaining highways across the country to help motorists.”

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