Gladstone Rd traffic on camera

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The wait will soon be over for frustrated drivers who have been seeing red at the lights on Gladstone Rd with a new camera system being installed to help improve traffic flows.

The phasing of lights at three intersections on Gladstone Rd, which are owned by the New Zealand Transport Agency and cost $4.3 million, have been an issue since they were installed in 2009. But the good news is that NZTA has installed cameras at the lights to relay information to its Traffic Operations Centre in Wellington so that traffic flow can be improved by remote control.

NZTA’s Anthony Frith says the signals at those three intersections are currently managed by Nelson City Council. In the coming weeks, management of the lights, between 6am and 8pm, will be transferred to NZTA’s operations centre to optimise the lights to ensure motorists are able to move through the intersection as smoothly as possible.

NZTA will make changes to the phasing while monitoring how effective they are in real time so it can fine-tune the changes. It will be able to link the three intersections to better suit current traffic flows and make some other minor adjustments.