Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


Real-time travel information turned on

31 January 2014

Real-time travel information turned on

Motorists on State Highway 1 and 76 driving into and around Christchurch have access to real-time travel information from today (Friday, 31 January).

Three Variable Messaging Signs (VMS) on the highways are now displaying travel times to various destinations on the two routes.

Christchurch Transport Operations Centre (CTOC) Board Chair John Mackie says this information will enable motorists to make informed decisions about the routes on which they drive around the city.

Work began last December installing sensors along State Highway 1 from Belfast to Hornsby and the new Christchurch Southern Motorway (SH76) from Hornby to Lyttelton to collect travel data to be displayed along the two routes and uploaded to the www.transportforchristchurch.govt.nz website.

Road users can use the virtual VMS on the website to check journey times before leaving for work or home.

“This means everyone, from commuters to weekend travellers, will now know how long it is going to take them to reach their destination, enabling them to plan their journey and ensure they avoid any delays.”

This is one of the CTOC initiatives to improve travel within the city by ensuring road users are better informed about road works, travel delays, detours and road closures.

The NZ Transport Agency’s Southern Regional Director Jim Harland says by monitoring travel times, CTOC will be able to better understand what is happening on the network and make changes to its operation to keep everyone moving.

For some months now, CTOC has been collecting basic journey time information on the route from the Christchurch International Airport to the Central City and from Hornby to the Central City, along Riccarton Road.

“This information is continually reviewed to look at whether the network is performing better or worse and what measures may need to be taken to improve traffic flows.”

Commissioner Rex Williams says Environment Canterbury welcomes the enhancement to Christchurch’s traveller information system as the SCIRT work programme enters top gear in 2014.

“The VMS signs will help motorists optimise their journeys and ensure they allow sufficient time to complete their trips on time. The signs will help with congestion on bus routes and help them to be faster and more reliable.”

City Council Environment Committee Chair Phil Clearwater says the project is a great example of the multi-agency approach to assist Christchurch residents during the rebuild.

“All agencies - CCC, the Transport Agency and ECan - are working closely together to provide better information about travelling though and around the city, helping our residents get on with their day-to-day lives and make smart travel choices.”

The Christchurch Transport Operations Centre (CTOC) is a partnership between the Christchurch City Council, NZ Transport Agency and Environment Canterbury to monitor and manage the roading network, both local roads and state highways to improve traffic flows, by reducing congestion and delays on all routes, but in particular key commuter, public transport and freight routes.

Find the latest transport news, information, and advice on our website: www.nzta.govt.nz

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Parliament Today:

Employment: Locked Out Wairoa Talley Workers Win Case

Thursday’s Employment Court decision should see AFFCO Talley’s Wairoa locked out workers back at work in the next two weeks, says the NZ Meat Workers Union. More>>

Meanwhile:


ALSO:


EMPLOYMENT BILL REPORTED BACK:

The Kids: OECD Report Shows Huge Impact Of Poverty On Education

A new report from the OECD has again highlighted the negative effects of poverty, showing that disadvantaged children in New Zealand are more than six times more likely to underachieve in maths than children from wealthier homes. More>>

ALSO:

Pacific: NZ Pledges $500,000 To Help Address Zika

“With the Zika virus now confirmed in a number of Pacific countries, New Zealand is committed to helping limit the impact and spread of the virus in the region,” says Mr McCully. “New Zealand will provide $250,000 as a contribution to the WHO to implement the Pacific Zika Action Plan, and a further $250,000 to enable countries in the region to respond rapidly if required." More>>

ALSO:

Labour: Police Commissioner 'Doesn’t Get Force Needs'

The Police Commissioner has let down the public and his own force by insisting the police have what they need despite it taking a year to solve a burglary and overwhelming number of officers saying they are under-resourced, says Labour’s Police spokesman Stuart Nash. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The US Pressure To Expand Our Role In Iraq

Foreign news services are being more forthcoming about what the “next 12 months” will entail – essentially, the defence ministers will be under US pressure to increase their “training” role preparatory to an assault on the city of Mosul in northern Iraq. More>>

ALSO:

Parliament Restarts: Prime Minister’s Statement

Our policy agenda and legislative programme will reflect the Government’s four priorities: • to responsibly manage the Government’s finances • to build a more competitive and productive economy • to deliver better public services to New Zealanders, an • to support the rebuilding of Christchurch. More>>

ALSO:

NZEI Survey Report: Special Needs Students Missing Out

The survey revealed that around 16 percent of students were on schools’ special needs registers, but nearly 90 percent of schools’ special needs coordinators did not believe there was adequate support for students and their learning... More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news