Intelligent Traffic Monitoring Technology Supports Light Rail Development

Ahead of major works on Raising London Circuit, smart traffic monitoring systems including Bluetooth sensors and cameras will be installed on Canberra’s main roads.

Raising London Circuit is one of the most significant changes to Canberra’s central road network since the 1960s.

With the aim of extending light rail to Woden, the road project provides a level and more accessible intersection for light rail and its users for seamless integration of light rail infrastructure.

Australian Capital Territory Minister for Transport and Municipal Services Chris Steel said the light rail to Woden is the biggest infrastructure project in the city’s history.

‘The project will make Canberra better connected and more sustainable, support thousands of jobs and reduce future traffic congestion as we grow,’ Mr Steel said.

“To reduce the traffic impacts associated with the delivery of light rail transit and other major public and private projects in the downtown core, we have invested in smart technology to better manage our traffic network during construction and beyond.

“One of our key initiatives has been focused on improving real-time traffic network monitoring, so we are in the process of installing approximately 40 additional Bluetooth sensors across our road network, as well as 30 new cameras to provide live updates to motorists and transit users.

Mr Steel said additional staff had also been hired at the Canberra Traffic Management Center to ensure live coverage during the morning and afternoon peaks.

“This means motorists can expect better traffic signal management and live updates to variable message signs as the construction program intensifies,” Steel said.

“The data collected on the traffic network will be used to advise motorists before and during trips on the best ways to get around the city during the construction period.

“Better monitoring of our roads throughout the day will also mean that we can react more quickly to events such as accidents that block traffic.

“While disruption to this major infrastructure is unavoidable, we will be asking Canberrans to adjust their routines and consider alternative ways of getting around, such as traveling outside peak periods, walking, cycling or taking the public transport.”

The ACT government has implemented a number of interventions to help Canberan residents get around when the building program is in full swing, including:

  • Smart transportation monitoring technology (being implemented)
  • A new park and ride facility at Mawson Oval (construction complete)
  • Extension of electric scooter in Woden and Gungahlin (implementation)
  • Workplace travel program (planning phase)
  • School travel planning (planning phase)
  • Improvements to paths near and in the construction footprint

Jose P. Rogers