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Copenhagen completes overhaul of traffic signals (Denmark)

By Editor / Updated: 01 Mar 2016

The city of Copenhagen has replaced all of its old traffic signals in an effort to reduce the amount of traffic delays on its roads.

The Danish capital was experiencing repeated failures in the city’s run-down traffic signals, creating heavy traffic jams.

Now in what officials claim to be a first in Scandinavia, Copenhagen has replaced the control boxes in all of its signalised intersections – approximately 380 devices.

The new online system allows municipal officials to monitor the signals and ensure that they are functioning properly. 

The power consumption of the new signalling and control cabinets is less than a third of the old, so it helps to meet the municipality's goal to be CO2-neutral by 2025.

‘In future there will be fewer delays […] and we can better keep the “green waves”, which ensure that cyclists, motorists and bus passengers go smoothly through the city,’ said Morten Kabell, the city’s technical and environmental Mayor.

‘Intelligent traffic management can help us to ensure a smoother flow of traffic in the city, while reducing fuel consumption and air pollution,' he added.

The restoration of traffic signals is a prerequisite for Copenhagen municipality's investment in Intelligent Transport Systems.

For more information, visit kabell.kk.dk (in Danish).

Image copyright: 11890 (Dylan Passmore) (image on Flickr) by "Dylan Passmore", licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0.

Country: 
Denmark
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