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European Ramp Metering Project

EURAMP

European Ramp Metering Project

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Background & policy context: 

Daily recurrent and non-recurrent congestions on European motorways led to a substantial degradation of the expensive motorway infrastructure, reduced traffic safety and excessive environmental pollution. Ramp metering is the most direct and effective control measure towards an optimal, orderly and safe utilisation of the motorway infrastructure. Modern technology can provide new opportunities to reduce motorway congestion and the associated problems of safety and environmental impact. However, applications are hampered by the lack of an adequately detailed understanding of the problem and the causative mechanisms.

Objectives: 

EURAMP's major objective is to advance, promote and harmonise ramp metering control measures in European motorways with the aim of improving safety and increasing efficiency of traffic flow.

More specifically, EURAMP aims at:

  • the advancement of methodological issues;
  • consolidation, harmonisation and advancement of ramp metering practice in Europe;
  • demonstration of new developments in European sites and paving the way for a new generation of network-wide ramp metering installations;
  • and co-operation of ramp metering with signal control. EURAMP is an EC funded project to understand and promote Ramp Metering across Europe.

Five representative sites across Europe were studied, including one in the UK which provided a model for the Highways Agency. Methodological development and the corresponding end products address critical issues related to both isolated ramp metering, and network approaches by the use of control methods, and integration with adjacent signal control. Further control measures are also of concern to EURAMP, and special attention was devoted to safety-critical issues and the related implications of ramp metering.

Methodology: 

The project's objective is pursued through various sub-activities:

  • advancement of methodological issues with particular focus on traffic flow safety;
  • consolidation. harmonisation and advancement of ramp metering practices in Europe;
  • demonstration of innovations at model locations to create the next generation of extended ramp metering installations;
  • integration of ramp meters with signal controls for maximum synergy in traffic management efficiency and safety.

There were five test sites in EURAMP:

  • the A6 Motorway, south of Paris (Ile-de-France);
  • A28 Uithof, A2 Breukelen West and A2 Maarssen West, in Utrecht (Netherlands);
  • A94 in Munich (Germany);
  • M6 motorway, Birmingham (UK);
  • Ayalon Highway, Tel Aviv (Israel).

The five test sites were located on motorways and surrounding networks of various characteristics and levels of telmatic infrastructure. In addition simulation testing was performed at two virtual sites in Paris and Munich.

Institution Type:
Institution Name: 
European Commission
Type of funding:
Key Results: 

Three main outcomes of the EURAMP project are:

  • Proof that huge socio-economic benefits can be gained from the operation of local ramp metering;
  • A warning that the delays for the cars held back on the ramps can outweigh the travel time gains for the vehicles on the mainstream motorway, if the metering is applied too harshly;
  • Proof that coordinated metering is superior to local metering strategies and that substantial additional benefits can be gained from the coordination.
Lead Organisation: 

Ibi Group (Uk) Ltd

Address: 
FIRST FLOOR SUITE 9, ORWELL HOUSE, 50 HIGH STREET
HUNGERFORD, BERKSHIRE
RG17 0NE
United Kingdom
EU Contribution: 
€0
Partner Organisations: 

Napier University

Address: 
Colinton road 219
EDINBURG
EH14 1DJ
United Kingdom
EU Contribution: 
€0

Technical University Of Crete

Address: 
AGIOU MARKOU STR.
73132 CHANIA
Greece
EU Contribution: 
€0

Dr. Elia Ben Shabat Transport Traffic And Control Engineering Co. Ltd.

Address: 
135 SHDEROT HANASI
HAIFA 34633
Israel
EU Contribution: 
€0

Direction Regionale De L'equipement D'ile - De - France

Address: 
RUE MIOLLIS 21
75015 PARIS
France
EU Contribution: 
€0

Ministerie Van Verkeer En Waterstaat

Address: 
Plesmanweg 1
2500 EX DEN HAAG
Netherlands
EU Contribution: 
€0

Bayerische Motoren Werke Ag

Address: 
Petuelring 130
80809 MUNICH
Germany
EU Contribution: 
€0

Institut National De La Recherche Sur Les Transports Et Leur Securite

Address: 
2 Avenue du General Malleret Joinville
94114 ARCUEIL
France
EU Contribution: 
€0

Phoenix Isi Ingenierie Des Systemes D'informations

Address: 
2 RUE DU CENTRE ATRIA MARNE LA VALLEE
93885 NOISY LE GRAND
France
EU Contribution: 
€0

Ibi Group (Hellas) A.e.

Address: 
13 ITHAKIS STREET
15233 HALANDRI
Greece
EU Contribution: 
€0

University Of Southampton

Address: 
Highfield
Southampton
SO17 1BJ
United Kingdom
EU Contribution: 
€0

Transver Gmbh

Address: 
Maximilianstrasse
80538 Munchen
Germany
EU Contribution: 
€0

Verkehrszentrale Hessen

Address: 
WESTERBACHSTRASSE 73-79
60489 FRANKFURT/MAIN
Germany
EU Contribution: 
€0

Ayalon Highway Company Ltd

Address: 
AL PARSHAT HADRACHIM STREET
TEL AVIV YAFO 62990
Israel
EU Contribution: 
€0

Southampton City Council

Address: 
CIVIC CENTRE
SOUTHAMPTON
SO14 7LT
United Kingdom
EU Contribution: 
€0

Ministerie Van Verkeer En Waterstaat

Address: 
Plesmanweg 1
2500 EX DEN HAAG
Netherlands
EU Contribution: 
€0

Autobahndirektion Südbayern

Address: 
80001 MUENCHEN
Germany
EU Contribution: 
€0

Ministerie Van Verkeer En Waterstaat

Address: 
Plesmanweg 1
2500 EX DEN HAAG
Netherlands
EU Contribution: 
€0