Almost Real Time


The switch was flicked this morning on six new real time travel information signs installed by Auckland Transport on a key arterial route between Auckland International Airport and the city centre.
The electronic message boards give drivers advanced information about estimated travel times between their current and intended destinations, giving them time to plan route changes and cutting down on potentially unsafe manoeuvres.
Information on the six signs – located on

  • George Bolt Memorial Drive (airport end)
  • Queenstown Road (bottom end, after SH20 off-ramp
  •  Manukau Road (corner of Rangiatea Rd on northbound approach to Greenlane West intersection
  • southbound approach to Greenlane West intersection
  • Newmarket end approaching Great South Rd/St Marks Rd intersection)
  • and Gillies Ave (opposite Albury Ave)

will be refreshed every 20 seconds.

Auckland Transport CEO David Warburton says drivers will now have the benefit of end-to-end travel information on motorway on-ramps and the key arterial road (Route 12) between Auckland Airport and the central city.

Adapting NZTA technology already in use for motorway drivers to the city’s key arterial roads is a  collaborative result for both the Transport Agency and Auckland Transport, says the NZTA’s State Highways Manager for Auckland and Northland, Tommy Parker.

“Real time messaging is one part of an exciting and expanding range of information services to help all drivers make better and safer choices about their journeys, and we look forward to continuing our work with Auckland Transport to deliver more of those benefits,” Mr Parker says.

The NZTA’s electronic signage at Hobson St, Symonds St and Queenstown Rd now also includes travel times to the airport, in addition to its motorway off-ramp destinations

Meanwhile  real time train information signs have been placed at some Auckland train stations - but they missed the originally scheduled target of operating in time for the August 6 Bledisloe Cup and are still being tested.

Sign at Morningside

Stations getting the signs first are:

  • Kingsland (Eden Park)
  • Morningside
  • Henderson
  • Swanson
  • Papatoetoe
  • Manurewa
  • Ellerslie

Other signs will go up between  October 5 and the end of November.

The move is very welcome - especially where there is a choice of a nearby bus alternative if a train is running late.

Let’s hope the signs get activated soon.





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