Release of data aims to improve traffic signals in Greater Manchester

Transport for Greater Manchester is working to improve the data of more than 1,000 traffic signals across the region as part of a new project.

The Department for Transport funded initiative, in partnership with the Transport Research Laboratory, will release Greater Manchester’s Urban Traffic Control (UTC) data to local developers, data scientists and academics.

The data can be used to increase the quality and reliability of travel information, as well as to reduce fuel consumption, congestion and air pollution. It can also improve safety based on vehicle flows and driver behaviour.

TfGM will also engage with developers to understand their needs and to maximise the use of the data. This, in turn, will shape the future of open data at TfGM and ultimately make travel easier in Greater Manchester.

By putting the user at the centre of open data development, GM Data Hive will create a unique opportunity to develop Greater Manchester’s digital eco-system and enable future innovations such as connected vehicles and smart cities.

A number of workshops will take place for users to feedback, the first of which will take place in late July at the Alan Turing Institute at the University of Manchester. If you would like to be involved in the GM Data Hive discovery workshops, please contact opendata@tfgm.com for more information.