Roundabout Metering Signals: Capacity, Performance and Timing

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Abstract

Roundabout metering signals help to create gaps in the circulating stream to solve the problem of excessive queuing and delays caused by unbalanced flow patterns and high demand flow levels. This paper gives a brief summary of the control of roundabouts using metering signals and describes the basic concepts of an analytical model of the operation of roundabouts with metering signals. The model estimates capacities and performance measures (delay, queue length, stop rate, and so on) of the metered and controlling approaches of the roundabout as well as other approaches which operate as normal roundabout entries. Timing of roundabout metering signals is discussed, and a case study is presented demonstrating the application of the model to a real-life roundabout in Melbourne, Australia, including consideration of alternative timing strategies.

Reference

AKÇELIK, R. (2011). Roundabout Metering Signals: Capacity, Performance and Timing. Paper presented at the 6th International Symposium on Highway Capacity and Quality of Service, Transportation Research Board, Stockholm, Sweden, June 2011.