Another camera is proposed for the Walnut and West streets’ roundabout.
The three new cameras are in addition to an existing camera at the intersection of Moore and West streets.
All are operated by the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA).
Canterbury West Coast journey manager Lee Wright said the extra cameras would provide a broader, better and real-time picture of traffic issues in Ashburton.
The camera locations are the places most affected by congestion and where delays can occur at peak hours. The camera at Moore and West streets had been the only eye on traffic flow in Ashburton for several years.
The camera is remotely operated by the NZTA’s Christchurch transport operations centre, which operates the town’s traffic signals as a one-network operation for the NZTA and the Ashburton District Council.
Ms Wright said the installation of the new traffic observation cameras would help aid the operations centre to optimise traffic signal operation, assist NZTA observe traffic flows, respond to incidents, better communicate to emergency services and better communicate and report in real time any issues on the network with Ashburton drivers.
“The key goal is to improve the information back to our customers.”
The fixed cameras can be accessed by the public for one-minute updates on the Transport for Christchurch website (http://tfc.govt.nz/current-conditions/cameras/ – look about halfway down the camera list for Moore West).
– By Linda Clarke
Source: Ashburton Guardian.