TfNSW to enhance safety on Sydney’s Western Distributor with smart motorway technology

Posted: 15 April 2024 | | No comments yet

Sydney’s Western Distributor will soon benefit from cutting-edge smart motorway technology, including real-time digital signage, aimed at enhancing safety and improving traffic flow for over 130,000 daily motorists.

TfNSW to enhance safety on Sydney's Western Distributor with smart motorway technology

Credit: Transport for New South Wales

Sydney commuters can look forward to safer and smoother journeys along the busy Western Distributor, due to a new initiative by Transport for New South Wales (TfNSW). The installation of cutting-edge smart motorway technology promises to transform traffic management between the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Anzac Bridge, benefiting the 130,000 motorists who traverse this route daily.

The innovative plan involves the deployment of digital signage capable of providing real-time updates on traffic incidents and speed limit changes. This digital infrastructure will not only inform drivers promptly about road conditions but will also enhance response times to breakdowns and traffic snarls through automatic incident detection systems.

The inspiration behind this endeavour stems from the successful implementation of smart motorway technology on the M4 in 2021. Following its introduction, the number of crashes decreased by 25%, while travel times improved by 20%. Additionally, incident response and clearance times were halved, demonstrating the tangible benefits of such advanced traffic management systems.

The upcoming installation will see variable digital signs mounted on new and existing gantries and sign bars along the 5.5km between Anzac Bridge and Harbour Bridge. This strategic placement will ensure that motorists receive crucial updates precisely where they are needed most.

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To achieve this, 21 locations have been identified for the installation of new infrastructure. The initiative will also involve integrating operations with the nearby Rozelle Interchange, further bolstering network resilience and efficiency.

Camilla Drover, Deputy Secretary of TfNSW, said: “Smart motorway technology will provide motorists with crucial, real-time information on Western Distributor traffic conditions to communicate to drivers how to best travel along the motorway for a safer and more consistent journey. The technology also allows rapid responses to incidents by relaying speed and safety information to guide motorists through the affected part of the corridor. This will reduce crashes and improve safety and provide an improved and smoother driving experience for motorway users.”

Acknowledging the potential disruptions during installation, TfNSW plans to carry out most of the work at night to minimise inconvenience to motorists. Temporary traffic changes and detours will be in place as needed, ensuring that the upgrade proceeds efficiently while keeping disruptions to a minimum.

The final quarter of 2024 is earmarked for the operational roll-out of this project. By then, Sydney’s Western Distributor will be equipped with state-of-the-art technology aimed at significantly enhancing safety, reducing congestion and providing commuters with a more reliable driving experience.

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