Main Roads WA has unveiled its new high tech operations system today, and will be capable of managing traffic flow across the entire metropolitan area.
The Road Network Operations Centre (RNOC) features sophisticated technology and improved data feedback to help improve congestion on our roads.
Transport Minister, Rita Saffioti, said one of the priorities of RNOC is to future proof the network by adapting technological advancements that will get the most out of our existing roads in a safe and reliable way.
“Aside from the daily job of managing traffic and road incidents across the network, one of our priorities with RNOC is to ensure it is future proofing the network by adapting technological advancements that will get the most out of our existing roads in a safe and reliable way.
The purpose-built premises is a culmination of old operation centres across Perth, at a cost of $3.3 million dollars to transition into the new world-class facility.
The centre will optimise road network safety, performance and improve congestion, costing $1.3 million dollars to run annually.
Acting Executive Director for Network Operations at Main Roads WA, Mehdi Langroudi, said future proofing our operation of the roads is the main focus.
“Our vision is for safe reliable journeys 24/7 and in the past to get rid of our congestion hot spots we’ve been building roads,”
“We will continue to do that but now we are actually bringing in technology to operate the roads better and get the most out of our existing roads,” Mr Langworthy said.
Along with the new RNOC centre, Perth will be equipped with its first ‘Smart Freeway’ on Kwinana Freeway northbound between the Canning Highway and Narrows Bridge. in 2020.
“Smart Freeways is a start to this, providing a sophisticated approach to adding more capacity to Perth’s existing freeway system to manage congestion and improve safety,” she said.
A range of advanced technologies will be used, such as lane use management, dynamic speed limits, driver information and coordinated ramp metering.
These upgrades will provide motorists with greater journey reliability, enabling them to save time, reduce costs and enhance safety.
“On average, there are 270,000 vehicles using Perth’s freeway system each day and this will undoubtedly increase as the city’s population grows,” said Ms Saffioti.
Current technology driven congestion management initatives have seen promising improvements, compared to last year.
Average speeds during peak hour heading towards the city have increased by 3.3 per cent, while the afternoon outbound peak saw a 3.5 per cent increase in traffic speeds.