NSW government plans improvements to M4 Motorway

If you are an Australian fleet manager with vehicles operating in New South Wales, you may be interested to learn that the state government is now investigating ways in which the M4 Motorway might be upgraded to improve traffic flow.

The M4 Western Motorway, which runs through central Sydney, is considered the spine of the city's western road system and is used by tens of thousands of motorists every day, with speeds often reduced to a crawl due to heavy use.

For this reason, projects firm Sinclair Knight Merz (SKM) has been assigned the duty of determining the feasibility of retrofitting the motorway with new technological upgrades that could help reduce congestion.

The contract - which is worth $3.7 million - will be jointly funded by both the New South Wales and federal governments.

According to federal infrastructure and transport minister Anthony Albanese, installing an electronic freeway management system along the motorway would not only allow authorities to monitor traffic flows continuously, but also respond to road incidents more quickly.

The minister also says that this technology would be able to deliver motorists real time information related to the motorway, which would then allow them to plan their routes accordingly to avoid congestion.

That is good news for fleet managers concerned about ongoing fuel consumption, as it could allow drivers to commute and travel throughout Sydney faster and with greater efficiency.

"This technology is all about getting the most out of the infrastructure we already have, which in the longer term can be a far smarter and cheaper option than simply building more and bigger roads," said Mr Albanese in a statement released December 12.

"But to unlock its full potential we need to get the planning right from the outset - and that's precisely what we are doing."