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Virtual field trips: Smart Motorways

School students can meet the experts making New Zealand’s first smart motorway. This will reduce congestion by carefully controlling the flow of vehicles. As the volume of traffic increases, the smart motorway automatically adjusts the speed limit to reduce congestion. The aim is to help drivers get to where they're going safely, more quickly and with less stress. First virtual field trip: Term 3 starting 25 August 2015
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Information sheet about how the Smart Motorway project supports the aim of reducing congestion. Reducing peak time congestion, improving travel time reliability and safety on the busiest section of Wellington’s urban motorway are the main objectives of the Ngauranga to Aotea Quay upgrade


Information sheet with details about how Wellington's Smart Motorway will work.


Smart Motorways project flyer about the work of Wellington's Transport Operations Centre, where operators monitor the motorway network.


Getting smart on the Wellington urban motorway - New Zealand's first! - with Kevin McPhee - YouTube. A light-hearted demonstration that shows the concept behind smart motorways.

Video: Smart Motorway: Removing the redundant gantry - 15 Nov 2015. This gantry will be refurbished and re-installed on State Highway 2 in early 2016. For project information and photos on New Zealand's first smart motorway, visit:

Read the latest news about Wellington's Smart Motorway, including info about the computer model of Wellington's traffic that will help the system work.

Summary video from the first virtual field trip. Andrew gives you some discussion points about the ‘physical’ and ‘functional’ nature of the smart motorway, before reflecting on the first virtual field trip to the Smart Motorway, Wellington in 2015.

Virtual field trip: Smart Motorways - technologies making roads safer and more sustainable. Term 3 starting 25 August 2015. On this trip you're off to Wellington to see how an existing busy motorway can be made smart. You will go behind the scenes to see how the urban motorway (Johnsonville to the Terrace Tunnel) is being converted into a 'smart motorway'. This is a first for New Zealand.