In-tunnel safety improvements
Major in-tunnel safety upgrade work is completed and ready for the 2023/2024 summer visitor season. Upgrades included:
- Fitting ‘Fire life’ safety systems such as radar and incident detection cameras.
- Installing purpose-built speakers and lighting. This allows tunnel operations staff to give directions to people inside the tunnel in an emergency.
- Upgraded power supply.
- Securely protecting in-tunnel telecommunications cabling along the tunnel walls.
- An additional traffic lane up to the eastern tunnel entrance to enhance safety and vehicle capacity.
- In-tunnel safety barriers.
- Improvements to the Consolation Peak repeater/microwave site. This provides faster fibre optic speeds to enable better management of tunnel systems from the Milford Road Alliance base in Te Anau.
- In-road sensors to detect vehicle stoppages inside the tunnel.
View photos of the in-tunnel safety improvement work
New tunnel plant equipment room
Finished in August 2023 the project saw an ageing tunnel equipment room replaced with a modern, safer, and more secure facility.
This modern equipment room alongside the eastern entrance to the Homer Tunnel entrance, houses essential equipment to safely operate the tunnel.
The building is made from prefabricated concrete units produced off site. These were then transported and assembled on site, then buried to minimise the building’s visual impact in a sensitive alpine environment. Situated in an area protected from rockfalls and avalanches creates a modern and secure place for equipment critical to the safe operation of the tunnel.
View photos of the new Homer Tunnel plant and equipment room