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EU’s €123m to develop Egypt’s transport sector

Hi-tech system to make Indian expressway safer

India’s Noida Authority is stepping up efforts to finalise the US$2.8m ITS twchnology that is expected to monitor and manage traffic flow on the Noida- Greater Noida Expressway. Even as the Detailed Project Report

has been prepared by the consultants, tenders are expected to be floated and finalised this month. Te system is aimed at minimising accidents and making the expressway safer for motorists. According to officials, completion

Cairo is set to receive a fair portion of the EU’s €123m investment in Egypt

Te European Union (EU) has allocated €123m to develop the transport sector in Egypt, EU repre- sentative Armil Lindin recently said. Te budget is split into €80m to reconstruct the transporta- tion sector through institutional and legislative reforms, in addition to €3m in technical support for the Ministry of Transport to apply good gov- ernance instructions. “Te EU has guaranteed €40m to build the third

phase of the Cairo Metro along with two ‘twin- ning process’ projects for reforming and building organisational capabilities and reforms for both the

AUSTRALIA Congestion charge would cut Sydney traffic

A new survey has found that many Syd- ney motorists would use public trans- port to get to and from work if they were charged to drive on major Sydney roads during peak times. A five cent per kilometre “congestion

charge” on major roads at peak hour would shiſt 13 per cent of commuters to public transport, the University of Syd- ney survey suggests. Road pricing would also cause 22 per cent of commuters to drive outside the peak periods of 7am– 9am and 4.30pm–6.30pm, it said. Te director of Sydney University’s Institute of Transport and Logistics

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Studies, David Hensher, says the survey shows road pricing would ease conges- tion on major roads. “It’s not true to say that anyone who travels in the peak has no option but to travel in the peak, it’s just not true,” Professor Hensher told the Australian Associated Press. “If we can do something in sort-

ing out the peak through pricing then enough people would exercise the choice to make a difference (to traffic).” He said charging motorists five cents

for every kilometre they drove at peak times would remove enough traffic to make a big difference. “Five cents is also an attractive reve-

nue source to spend on improving pub- lic transport,” Prof Hensher added.

Metro and Egypt’s railways,” said Lindin, during a conference held last Tuesday by the Ministry of Transport in cooperation with the EU. Te twin- ning process is expected to begin in 2014. “Te Ministry aims to modernise the transpor-

tation system in Egypt and follow the latest tech- nological techniques in order to manage the severe congestion in the country,” said Ragab Mousa, assistant to the minister of transport, according to MENA. He continued: “Tis will be done through the preparation of an overall strategy to integrate the entire transport system across Egypt.”

is projected within six months of the tenders being finalised and the project launched. Te system will reduce travel time, improve traffic regulation and sur- veillance as well as reducing operational costs and incident reaction time. It will also help measure traffic data in real- time, detect incidents and congestion automatically and inform road users about travel time, congestions, road clo- sures, diversions and major events. Key features would be a control room, emer- gency call box, message signboards, CCTV, speed cameras, VIDS camera and meteorological data system.

A peak-time congestion charge may change commuters’ habits


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