Kapsch TrafficCom secures new Tolling Contract for Sydney Harbour Bridge and Tunnel
Kapsch TrafficCom, informs that its subsidiary Kapsch TrafficCom Australia Pty Ltd has been contracted to fully replace the existing road tolling system for Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Harbour Tunnel operated by the New South Wales Roads and Maritime Services (RMS).
The contract comprises supply of a new tolling system, as well as maintenance and support for five years. The contract value is more than 10 million Euro. The new tolling solution is expected to be operating by early 2017.
“We are proud to add this worldwide known bridge in Sydney Harbour to the references we already have with the Golden Gate or the Oresund Bridge”, says André Laux, COO of Kapsch TrafficCom AG. “Especially exciting for us is that our technology both fulfils a practical as well as an aesthetic purpose. It is about a better use of existing infrastructure and a reduction of visual disturbance.”
The Sydney Harbour Bridge currently uses an existing automated solution installed in the pre-existing manual toll plazas built when tolls were paid in cash. The new solution will allow the toll plazas to be removed and the traffic flow on the bridge to be improved. The Sydney Harbour Tunnel has a slightly newer setup without plazas, but will be upgraded as part of the contract to the latest tolling technology. Kapsch will deliver the latest in cutting-edge tolling technology based on the company’s single gantry multi-lane free-flow (MLFF) platform and Next Vehicle Detection and Classification (N-VDC) solution. This will ensure not only best possible tolling performance but also minimise visual and infrastructure impact in an area where heritage aspects are to be carefully considered, all in close cooperation between RMS and Kapsch. All installations will be made inside or near the existing Sydney Harbour Tunnel Operations Centre in North Sydney.
With the new contract Kapsch enhances its engagement in the Australian metropole. Only in October Kapsch received a contract over 6.5 million Euro to expand its scope in the WestConnex Motorway Project in Sydney, Australia, by another 10 tolling segments. WestConnex is the largest integrated transport and urban revitalization project in Australia and aiming to reduce traffic congestion in the greater Sydney area.