will join with Arup
to deliver a Smart Motorway project in New South Wales
, making it the first of its kind in this region. The project, which will be named the M4 Smart Motorway
will make use of intelligent technology to monitor traffic conditions, regulate congestion and react to incidents in real-time on the existing M4 Western Motorway. Another key objective is to increase traffic flow, with the aim of reducing peak travel times by up to 15 minutes and accidents by up to 30%. The Arup and Amey team began initially in England, bringing together Arup’s technical expertise with Amey’s operational management. This substantial knowledge, along with their shared expertise in local highways made them the perfect candidates to collaborate and secure the £25 ($32.4m) million design package of the Smart Motorway Programme on the M1. The local team made use of the knowledge of their UK counterparts, with key international members joining the design team and attending interviews with Roads and Maritime NSW throughout the tender process. Nicola Hindle, Amey’s Managing Director for Consulting & Rail said:
“Because we design, operate and maintain complex transport systems, we really understand how assets behave over their lifetime, and this is crucial when you’re working on infrastructure projects that will change the way people travel for decades to come.”
“It is rare that we get an opportunity to influence and shape a city and its transport systems as much as the M4 Smart Motorway will,” said Ben Schnitzerling, Arup’s Australasian Transport and Resources Leader. “The project is not only about the M4; it is about delivering cultural change to Sydney’s road network now and into the future. We wanted to be a part of this project because if done right, it will be the blueprint for Sydney’s future motorways.” The commission covers all technology and civil works, ranging from detailed design through to construction support services, and is due to be completed in 2020.