Federal Government plans €300 million project against traffic jams (Germany)

By News Editor / Updated: 01 Aug 2014
The federal ministry of transportation has presented its project plan “road transport telematics 2015”, with which traffic jams on German highways will be reduced. To this end, the federal government will invest a total of €300 million in 138 projects over the next five years.
The German federal government will invest a total of €300 million in 138 projects over the next five years to reduce traffic congestion on German highways. Among the measures are road, hub and transport network control, traffic jam warning systems, traffic lights at highway accesses as well as displays, which assign lanes or open hard shoulders for traffic. As a consequence, transport minister Peter Ramsauer (CSU) expects fewer traffic jams, less accidents and less CO2 emissions. “Thus we make an important contribution to traffic safety and environmental protection”, said the minister when presenting the plan in Berlin.

Planned activities include the extension of electronic traffic control to another 1000 km. Research has shown that by doing so the risk of traffic jams would be lowered and accident rates would be reduced by 30-50%. In the case of heavy traffic, the hard shoulders should also be temporarily opened to traffic. By active traffic management in 90 places, traffic will be diverted to alternative routes, which will lower traffic density. Furthermore, 30 highway junctions will be equipped with traffic lights to control traffic flow entering the highways. This will reduce the risk of accidents by approximately 40%.
Country: 
Germany
Topic: 
Traffic and demand management