New Systems to support Armadale Line Transformation
With the Armadale Line shutdown happening on 20 November 2023, Main Roads has been preparing for the event through implementing new technology, operational readiness and completing infrastructure upgrades.
Published: 14 November 2023, Updated: 14 November 2023
Virtual receivers to track the movement of buses on the network have been activated at 40 traffic signals and will automatically keep traffic lights green for up to 30 additional seconds for late-running rail replacement buses.
Two new Variable Message Signs (VMS ) and six new Portable VMS have been added to key locations on the network to provide drivers with travel times for different routes and other strategic messages.
Other recently completed measures include:
- Three new temporary bus interchanges in Armadale, Cannington, and Victoria Park
- 1.2 kilometres of new priority bus lanes along Albany Highway and Shepparton Road
- Additional right turning restrictions on key arterial routes to improve safety and traffic flow
- Establishment of a dedicated Incident Response Service for Shepperton Road/Albany Highway
- Nine new CCTV cameras through the area
The team at the Road Network Operations Centre will support the flow during the 18-month shutdown to facilitate METRONET’s upgrade of the train line.
On the 12 November, a new app known as Traffic ALT, that will support drivers during the shutdown. This app is designed to run through a driver's hands-free phone or car stereo Bluetooth, and will provide audio updates on key information such as current traffic congestion, and travel times for different routes.
It is Main Roads first creation of a “virtual” VMS and future updates will see new functions added to improve the driving experience across the whole state.
Download it here:
- https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.skedgo.client.mrwa (Android)
- https://apps.apple.com/us/app/traffic-alt/id1576146934 (Apple)