Smart technology to cut congestion on M20

Busy Melbourne road set to get an intelligence boost, with announcement of a congestion-busting technology upgrade

February 27, 2012

A busy Melbourne road is set to get an intelligence boost, with the announcement of an upgrade to equip it with technology to prevent congestion and help motorists plan their journeys.

Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister Anthony Albanese says Visionstream Australia will install an electronic freeway management system on the M20 Ring Road, providing VicRoads the tools to better manage traffic flows as well as respond quickly to accidents and breakdowns.

Installation of the electronic freeway management system between the Princes Freeway and the Greensborough Highway is part of the $2.25 billion M80 Ring Road upgrade.

"It’s all about getting the most out of infrastructure we already have, which over time is a far smarter and cheaper option than simply building more and bigger roads," Albanese says.

"As well as being good for taxpayers, this technology will deliver faster, safer and less frustrating driving conditions for the 142,000 motorists and truck drivers who use this vital part of Melbourne’s road network every day."

Victorian Roads Minister Terry Mulder says the system will use sensors built into the road surface to monitor the traffic flow.

It will automatically reduce the number of vehicles entering the freeway via the on-ramps and varying the speed limits along it to prevent congestion.

"What’s more, strategically placed electronic message boards provide motorists with real time information on the traffic conditions which may lie ahead, not only along the M80 but also on key connecting roads," Mulder says.

Albanese says electronic management system have the potential to greatly reduce congestion and save businesses and families more than $500 million a year if implemented nationally.

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