Benefits of a Smart Motorway

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Improving this section of the motorway will deliver a wide range of benefits.

Consistent travel times

Varying travel times make it hard to plan. With the improvements that come with the smart motorway, not only will the length of time taken to drive that stretch of road reduce, the consistency of your journey time will improve too.

Lower CO2

Vehicles in congested traffic use extra fuel and create more emissions; costing your pocket and the planet’s wellbeing. This means congestion is more than just a stressful inconvenience so the Transport Agency is constantly looking at ways to reduce congestion wherever we can. 

Less congestion

Congestion adds extra cost and time, as well as stress, to individuals, businesses and to the economy as a whole. Smart motorways reduce congestion by keeping vehicles flowing smoothly.

Less stress – Happy drivers

Traffic congestion can be very stressful for those stuck in it, especially when you need (or want) to be somewhere else. The smart motorway will reduce congestion and traffic will flow more smoothly.

Everyone will get where they’re going sooner and more safely. Then everyone is happy.

Value for money

The smart motorway concept is about improving vehicle journeys without the costs associated with building a whole new road. By making relatively minor changes to what is already there, another northbound lane can be created from the Aotea on-ramp to the State Highway 1/State Highway 2 split. Innovations like this work alongside the smart system to give people the best journey and the best value for money.


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Features of the Smart Motorway

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I wonder what research has been done that shows these benefits are for real.

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I suspect that maintaining all the smart technology of a smart motorway will be less than the alternative costs of maintaining a bigger road.