A real time speed management system will be trialled on the Westlink M7 Motorway to see whether it can create a smarter and more reliable commute for motorists.
The trial will involve variable message and speed limit sights to alert motorists to the changed speed limit from 100 to 80 kilometres an hour.
The effectiveness of the trial will be monitored in real time by the Westlink M7 traffic control room.
“The M7 Motorway experiences regular morning eastbound congestion at the M2 Motorway interchange near the Abbott Road merge,” the spokesperson said.
“This congestion often extends for around five kilometres and impacts on motorists’ trip reliability and is currently managed through operator speed reductions.
“In a first for the M7, a trial will employ a speed reduction speed based on real time traffic flow recorded from the M7 traffic loops and Intelligent Transport Systems,” they said.
The trial is similar to the successful VicRoads speed control test on the M80 in Melbourne, which is now being rolled out in Melbourne.
“Once the trial beings it is hoped the system will help to keep motorists moving during the peak period and improve safety,” the spokesperson said.
The trial will start on Tuesday 26 June and last for around three months.