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North East cities benefit from Department for Transport cash boost to develop technology

Almost £100,000 will be handed to Arriva for help them update their busses. Photo: Owen Humphreys PA Wire/PA Images

Two North East cities have been awarded a combined £393,400 to develop technology to help make motoring easier in the region.

The City of York bagged £295,200 while Newcastle scooped just under £100,000 from the Department for Transport.

The City of York will use the money for traffic signalling to improve congestion. Newcastle will use their money to help Arriva improve their fleet with vehicle infrastructure technology.

Nineteen councils across England will receive between £50,000 - £300,000 each for their ideas to improve journeys through digital innovation.

Apps that notify motorists of congestion and free parking spaces, and real time journey information for visually impaired passengers, are just some of the projects that will receive a share of the £4 million Government technology funding.

Awarded to develop a connected bus scheme for the Arriva Fleet in Newcastle
The city of York was awarded £295,200 to develop a connected vehicle data project for traffic signalling to improve congestion around the city Credit: John Giles PA Wire/PA Images

I congratulate winners for coming up with cutting-edge, innovative ideas that will transform journeys for passengers and motorists across the country.

"Technology is rapidly evolving and this important work shows that if we get it right, it can cut congestion, speed up journeys, clean up the environment, and improve accessibility.”

– Andrew Jones, Roads Minister

The Government money will be spent by successful cities on developing cutting edge technology such as apps and sensors which can be used to

  • cut congestion
  • improve parking in city centres
  • alert drivers when electric car charging points become available