6.8M traffic monitoring system to ease congestion in Launceston

A smart traffic system to monitor traffic flow and synchronise traffic signals across Launceston is being developed.

Live streaming of the traffic flow within the city centre will monitor traffic in real time, which will influence traffic lights in an aim to bust congestion and improve livability.

Federal Minister for Population, Cities and Urban Infrastructure Alan Tudge said the system is part of the Launceston City Deal.

“Through our commitment, we are using technology-based solutions to improve the liveability in Northern Tasmania,” Mr. Tudge said.

Tasmanian Minister for State Growth Michael Ferguson said the smart traffic system was exactly the type of project the Launceston City Deal was intended to deliver.

“The Launceston Smart Traffic project will transform how we plan and deliver transport infrastructure and ensure we can effectively manage current demands and the future growth of the city,”  Mr. Ferguson said.

“An example of a practical outcome that will be achieved by the smart traffic system is that the instances of cars waiting at red lights for no reason will reduce, which will facilitate traffic moving through intersections in accord with demands.”

Federal Member for Bass Bridget Archer said the investment in a live-streaming multi-modal traffic system would also encourage use of alternative modes of transport.

“Generating more accurate data will inform greener land-use planning and infrastructure investment, supporting more people to get about Launceston by walking, cycling and catching public transport,” Ms. Archer said.

The system is expected to be complete and operational by the end of 2020.

The $6.8 million smart traffic signal system is jointly funded, with the Federal Government committing $2.9 million and the Tasmanian Government, Launceston City Council, University of Tasmania and Enterprize Tasmania providing the remainder.

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