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Real-time travel information on its way

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From next month, motorists on State Highways 1 and 76 driving into and around Christchurch will have access to real-time travel information.

Work gets underway next week installing sensors along State Highway 1 from Belfast to Hornby and the new Christchurch Southern Motorway (SH76) from Hornby to Lyttelton which will provide real-time travel information to the Christchurch Transport Operations Centre (CTOC).

The sensors will collect travel data and enable actual travel times to be displayed along the two routes, says CTOC Manager Ryan Cooney.

"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.

"Journey times to key destinations along the two state highways will be displayed on electronic messaging signs and uploaded to the www.transportforchristchurch.govt.nz(external link) website."

He 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.

"With better journey time information, motorists can make informed decisions about the routes on which they drive."

Mr Cooney says in time, it is intended to extend the system to other routes throughout the city.

"Basic journey time information is already being collected 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."

Editor's Note:

The Christchurch Transport Operations Centre (CTOC) is a partnership between the Christchurch City Council, the 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.

For further information:

Jan McCarthy
Christchurch Media Manager
NZ Transport Agency
Ph: 021 427 442

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