National Smart Managed Motorways Program
The objective of the Program is to deliver more efficient motorways through the application of smart infrastructure technologies to improve real-time management of major motorways. This includes reducing congestion and improving the management of traffic demand in major cities.
Projects will investigate and implement innovative technology-based solutions including data collection sensors, variable speed limits and message signs, and ramp metering.
The Australian Government has committed funding to state governments for three initial projects in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane that have been identified by Infrastructure Australia. These projects are:
M4 (Western Motorway) – feasibility/project development funding for the introduction of a managed motorway system, including ramp metering and potential freight prioritisation, on this existing motorway.
M1 West Gate Freeway (Western Ring Road to Williamstown Road) – upgrade this section to a level 3 Intelligent Transport System (ITS).
Gateway Motorway (Nudgee to Bruce Highway) – introduce pole mounted variable speed limit signs, ramp signalling, travel time signs and variable message signs.
All projects will be jointly funded by the Australian Government and the relevant state government. Funding is conditional on the state government signing National Partnership Agreements on the establishment of Single National Jurisdictions for heavy vehicles, interstate rail operations and maritime regulation.
Projects funded under the program can deliver significant benefits in the form of travel time savings, improved travel time reliability, improved road safety and lower greenhouse gas emissions.
The three initial projects (see above) were announced in the 2011-12 Budget, and will be completed by June 2014.