The Hub of the Smart Motorway

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Wellington's Transport Operations Centre (WTOC) is where people monitor the motorway network. This helps road users have a safe and enjoyable journey. 

WTOC

WTOC operators monitor and manage a lot of the country’s state highway and regional roading network. They provide accurate, real time travel information and advice and work with NZTA partners like emergency services to manage incidents. WTOC has a special focus on Wellington’s smart motorway – the region’s busiest section of road.

WTOC’s role on the smart motorway 

WTOC operators monitor the motorway through a network of cameras and detectors. This makes sure incidents are cleared as quickly as possible. They also:

  • set the messages that appear on the electronic variable message signs 
  • use the lane control signs (the red X or green arrow) to direct traffic on which lane to use. 

WTOC’s other roles 

WTOC also monitors and manages: 

  • 8000 kilometres of state highway
  • nearly 200 cameras  
  • more than 50 electronic variable message signs 
  • 46 sets of traffic lights in Wellington City, plus five in Whanganui and New Plymouth, and three in Nelson
  • more than 130 sets of traffic lights 
  • air quality in Wellington’s Arras, Terrace and Mount Victoria tunnels. 

Civil Defence

WTOC is also a major civil defence and emergency management hub for Wellington and the lower and central North Island. 

Audio Maori keywords: 


  • Samoan keywords

    Samoan keywords: 
     feso'ota'iga  connection
     tulaga ogatotonu  hub, centre
     ia saogalemu, leai se faafitauli  to be safe, risk-free
     Ueligitone  Wellington
     taavale  vehicles
     fa'atulagaina/fa'atapenaina  organise
     ta'ita'i/tagata aveave operator (of a machine or device)
  • Tongan keywords

    Tongan keywords: 
     fehokotaki (verb), fehokotaki'anga (connection point)  connection
     feitu'u fakataha'anga  hub, centre
     malu  to be safe, risk-free
     Uelingatoni  Wellington
     Me'alele  vehicles
     fakama'opo'opofokotu'ut u'u lelei  organise
     tokotaha fai fakahinohino operator (of a machine or device)
  • Cook Islands Māori keywords

    Cook Islands Maori keywords: 
     itiki'anga  connection
     are uipa'anga  hub, centre
     meitaki   to be good or safe
     Vereniteni  Wellington
     tu kaveinga  vehicles
     akatere  organise
     aka operator (of a machine or device)
  • Niuean keywords

    Niuean keywords: 
     matutaki  connection
     falepauaki/uho  hub, centre
     faka haohao/tokaga, ua fakahanoa  to be safe, risk-free
     Ueligitoni  Wellington
     tau peleo afi  vehicles
     fakatokatoka  organise
     tagata gahua operator (of a machine or device)

Watch this video from the Memorial Park field trip for more of an idea of how WTOC works.

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WTOC monitors and manages a large part of the country’s state highways and regional roads. Image: LEARNZ.

WTOC operators monitor the motorway through a network of cameras and detectors. Image: LEARNZ.

WTOC has a special focus on Wellington’s smart motorway – the region’s busiest section of road. Image: LEARNZ.

Comments

I wonder how well protected

Comment: 
I wonder how well protected the WTOC building is from a big earthquake, or from other natural disasters like flooding and strong winds?

I think it is fascinating

Comment: 
I think it is fascinating that traffic lights in other cities can be controlled from Wellington.