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New lane control signs operating 1 March

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The NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) reminds motorists using the Wellington motorway that from Monday 1 March new electronic ‘Lane Control Signs’ on SH1 from the Terrace Tunnel in Wellington city to Ngauranga Gorge will be operating.

The NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) reminds motorists using the Wellington motorway that from Monday 1 March new electronic ‘Lane Control Signs’ on SH1 from the Terrace Tunnel in Wellington city to Ngauranga Gorge will be operating.

The Lane Control Signs, which are mounted on gantries and bridges straddling the motorway, will inform drivers of speed limit changes and lane closures ahead.  Short messages may also be displayed on larger electronic signs to provide information about incidents such as adverse weather conditions or congestion, and to suggest alternative routes when appropriate.

NZTA Wellington Operations Manager, Mark Owen says the new technology will benefit Wellington motorway users.

“Safety, speed and travel times will all be improved, and motorists will have quality information where they need it most - in their cars.”

“The signs will enable emergency services and motorway maintenance teams to reach and clear crash sites quickly and safely by directing motorists away from affected lanes. They will also minimise secondary crashes, caused when motorists are taken by surprise by a queue of vehicles slowed by an earlier incident.”

Mr Owen says flashing orange lights on the corners of each sign will help to attract the attention of motorists.

NZTA advises that obeying Lane Control Signs is mandatory and, as with any other road sign, is legally enforceable. Symbols will only be displayed on the Lane Control Signs when they are required – if no symbol or speed is displayed normal road rules apply.

Further information is available on the NZTA website(external link)

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For more information contact:

Joanna Poole
Senior Communications Adviser
Wellington, Nelson, Marlborough, Tasman
T 64 04 894 5211
M 64 21 648 571
E joanna.poole@nzta.govt.nz

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