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Building the Bridge from Research to Sustainable Urban Transport Management
24th of September 2014 / Nottingham (UK)


In the world of today, travellers are looking for the smartest, multi-modal, and eco-friendliest trip planning tool on the market. Cities are looking into the potential of these tools to support their policies for urban traffic management. From this point of view, the MODUM conference provided a multidisciplinary forum for practitioners and researchers to exchange knowledge on the latest research results and technologies, as well as practical experiences in the field of urban transport and traffic management.

38 conference participants took the opportunity to explore how the results of the European research project MODUM (modum-project.eu) support cities’ transport and traffic operators to manage urban traffic more efficiently, and how MODUM helps citizens with environmentally-conscious multi-modal routing information. After an introduction to the MODUM project, which was given by Sven Maerivoet from TML, Professor Evtim Peytchev from Nottingham Trent University and Jordan Markov from MUSAT demonstrated how the MODUM application is currently used in the real world implementations at the MODUM trial sites Nottingham and Sofia. Francis Ashton from Nottingham City Council, Gergana Ugrinska from Sofia Urban Mobility Centre, and Sunil Budhdeo from Coventry City Council, talked about the implementation of the MODUM system in their cities and answered questions from the audience.

In addition to these MODUM related presentations and practical demonstrations, the conference agenda included also presentations of several other interesting initiatives and projects related to sustainable urban transport management:  Professor Pete Thomas from Loughbourogh University presented, how Transport Systems Catapult (UK) fosters collaboration, coordination and integration in the transport field, and supports stakeholders in the UK to tackle urban mobility challenges. John Frodsham, the Director of iNet (UK) explained iNet's mission and how this initiative assists SMEs in the region to successfully exploit ideas for innovative transport applications. John Davies from British Telecom gave an interesting presentation of the approach and results of the UK project STRIDE, which was led by BT and finished earlier this year. Sven Maerivoet from TML gave an introduction to the recently started European project HoPE, which will build on the results of the MODUM project. Matthew Price from Nottingham City Council presented the European Project Push&Pull and explained how the City of Nottingham successfully introduces "push measures" (workplace parking levy) and "pull measures" (travel planning support) as part of their strive towards sustainable urban transport. Tim Morris from TfGM illustrated the main transport related issues Greater Manchester is currently facing, and how Transport for Greater Manchester is tackling these with their Smarter Travel Vision LSTF.

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Audience at MODUM Conference


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Presentation of the MODUM Application


MODUM addresses the environmental footprint in the transport sector by developing a new approach for pro-active demand-responsive management of traffic. This approach enables energy-efficient multi-modal transport choices accommodating dynamic variations, minimising the environmental impact and improving the quality of life in urban environments.


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