“Waka Kotahi is very proud of the Waterview Connection and the way it’s connected Auckland’s wider motorway network, making journey times more predictable and reliable and giving drivers more journey choices”, says Waka Kotahi’s Director of Regional Relationships, Steve Mutton.
As part of the Western Ring Route, the Waterview Connection provides a second route through Auckland, bypassing the city centre and reducing the reliance on State Highway 1 and the Auckland Harbour Bridge. The redistribution of the city’s travel demand allows the motorway network to more effectively absorb incidents such as breakdowns or crashes in peak periods. It’s also taken the pressure off local roads, improving journey times for shorter trips and public transport.
To ensure the reliability and safety of the tunnel and the motorists who daily drive through it, a team of 50 people is operating and taking care of the tunnel 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Since opening day, this team has put together more than 350,000 working hours to make sure road users had a safe passage through the tunnel and its surroundings. In three years, the team has attended over 7,000 road incidents, ensuring the safety of all road users and helping many people to solve small vehicle issues.
To help this team and the proper functioning of the tunnel and its maintenance, the state-of-the-art tunnel control system (SIDERA) is a fundamental tool in their day-to-day work. This advanced Traffic Management Control System monitors and controls all the roadside equipment - around 3,300 devices - and incidents. SIDERA and its advanced tunnel ventilation strategy have saved more than 6,500,000 kWh per year, avoiding the equivalent to the emission 4,596 tonnes of CO2 per year, helping to meet sustainability goals.
To date, SICE has successfully implemented its OMCS in-house solution SIDERA in three projects in Australia (M5W motorway, T2E and WestConnex M4E tunnels) and one project in NZ (The Waterview tunnel). Moreover, four additional projects are currently in the delivery phase within the WestConnex Project (Sydney) and West Gate Tunnel Project (Melbourne). As a systems integration technology company, its extensive and comprehensive experience in over 60 locations worldwide, places SICE as a top player in Operations Management & Control Systems within the Australian and New Zealand markets.