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How Traffic Has Changed Since 2020 – Trends and Insights

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We can all agree that 2020 was a year unlike any other. At the start of the year, Australians battled devastating bushfires, floods and cyclones and had to live and work through lockdowns and other necessary restrictions to prevent the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. For many people, these events had an impact on … Read more

A New Lease on Life Working With Warp Group

Built back in 1896, the Palace Hotel is one of Perth’s most iconic and recognisable buildings. Considered one of Australia’s most opulent hotels, it attracted journalists and high profile patrons until its close in 1986. The facade was properly preserved, however the interior was mostly gutted when it was redeveloped as a bank and office tower.

Now, the Palace Hotel is set to light up as the site of the newest Meat & Wine Co. restaurant. Originally from South Africa, their hospitality group siblings include the renowned Ribs & Burgers and Hunter & Barrel.

The Meat & Wine Co. will treat diners to an indulgent and memorable experience that only the charm and history of the Palace Hotel can match. Lead by Seagrass BHG and architect Callie Van Der Merwe of Design Partnership, the original marble stairs of the Palace Hotel will again be utilised as the entrance point on the corner of William Street and St Georges Terrace. With walls retaining their stories and history, including a baroque-inspired room adorned with original gold leaf, The Meat & Wine Co. will inject their African-inspired aesthetic into the interior design.

Playing a Vital Role in Perth’s Growth

New development and growth is underpinned by a network of professionals and specialists who keep things running behind the scenes. While diners are presented with new and innovative establishments once they’re done and dusted, the final results are impossible without the collaboration, expertise and hard work of dedicated experts.

At WARP Group, we’ve been busy working on the transformation of the iconic Palace Hotel alongside a team of industry experts. Our traffic control and management expertise has been invaluable in the smooth running of the project, transforming the site into the all new Meat & Wine Co. restaurant. You may have spotted us working throughout the night to facilitate construction works and can still catch us maintaining traffic safety along William Street and St Georges Terrace.

Set to make waves in Perth’s food and wine scene, Perth foodies will be treated to fine dining set amongst a historic, impeccably preserved and beautifully transformed Palace Hotel interior. Find out more about the Palace Hotel redevelopment.

WARP Group: Powering Perth’s Expansion

At WARP Group, we’re proud to contribute to the growth and expansion of Perth’s metropolitan area.

From small short-term projects to complex long-term developments, we provide leading traffic control in Perth. Specialising in custom traffic management solutions, our professionals offer a full range of services tailored to the specifics of every project. From initial planning and consultations through to completion and finalisation, each project receives in-depth attention to maximise success.

Find out more about traffic management and traffic control in Perth. From special events through to construction projects, WARP Group has you covered with expert services. Contact us for more on 1300 131 204.

The Portaboom: A Safety Breakthrough

At WARP Group, we’re a team of experienced and specialised traffic control professionals in Perth. Committed to providing industry-leading services and expertise, we invest in innovative technology, developments and solutions for safer and more productive worksites.

We’re proud to be the first of WA’s traffic control companies to purchase and trial 10 Portaboom units. A breakthrough new product to the traffic management industry, Portaboom is a portable boom gate designed for temporary traffic control scenarios and has become widely used in the eastern states. It works by eliminating risks to traffic controllers as well as minimising risks for workers, motorists and pedestrians. Engineered with precision and expertise, Portaboom units make worksites safer and more effective.

An Innovative Alternative

As established traffic control professionals in Perth, we pride ourselves on delivering high standards of safety and quality. With significant safety benefits and cost savings, we’re proud to recommend Portaboom units for a diverse range of projects.

Certified by the Australian Roads and Research Board (ARRB) for use on all Australian local, state and federal roads in July 2016, Portaboom units work by adding a physical barrier to protect work zones. This takes traffic controllers out of ongoing traffic and away from risky situations. Motorists are required to stop but don’t rely on the instructions of a traffic controller on the road. This translates to enhanced site safety and fatigue management, eliminating the need for traffic controllers to stand on a stop/slow bat for hours. Instead, they can control traffic movements in safer positions and can also focus on other aspects of site safety, including vehicle and plant movement and pedestrian activity.

Key Safety Benefits

Portaboom units provide safety to worksites and traffic management scenarios by minimising risks to traffic controllers. Main benefits include:

  • Adding a clear and visible physical barrier to protect work zones
  • Ensuring motorists stop and provides a clearer indication of what’s required of them
  • Reducing risk of being ignored by motorists and road users
  • Enhancing the management of fatigue by removing traffic controllers from stop/slow bat posts
  • Improving site management by allowing traffic controllers to concentrate on flow
  • Allowing traffic controllers to operate multiple units at a time
  • Streamlining communication with work crews

Cost Comparison

Eliminate risk to traffic controllers, enhance site safety and minimise your overall costs with Portaboom units. By reducing crew numbers but allowing for greater control of worksites, you can save substantial amounts on labour. Each unit is charged at a daily rate of $120 + GST or $80 if the job is under four hours. This significantly reduces the total cost of projects but allows for a higher level of site safety and efficiency.

Take a look at the example below to learn more about how Portaboom units minimise costs and reduce risks.

Frequently Asked Questions

How is PORTABOOM® powered

PORTABOOM® is powered by a 12V 75AH Deep Cycle Battery

How long will PORTABOOM® operate when the battery is fully charged

Once the battery is fully charged the PORTABOOM® unit will operate for 6500 movements (Up and Down)

How long does it take to fully charge the battery

From flat to fully charged it takes approx. 8 hours but we recommend top up charging

How heavy is the PORTABOOM® unit

The PORTABOOM unit weighs 100kg

How heavy is the Boom Arm

The Boom Arm weighs 5kg including the “STOP” sign

How hard is the PORTABOOM® unit to manoeuvre

The combination of swivel wheels at the front and braking wheels at the back make it very easy to manoeuvre

What’s the range of the remote controls

The range of the remotes are up to 100mtrs however we always recommend having direct line of sight to the PORTABOOM® unit you are operating

What operating frequency does the remote controls use

The operating frequency range is between 433.100MHz to 434.700MHz

How is the remote control operation protected from interference

The remote control uses frequency hopping spread spectrum

(FHSS). This means that when the button is pressed, it simultaneously transmits the encrypted code on five different frequencies. This makes it impossible for your remote control to be interfered with or jammed

What’s the length of the Boom Arm

The Boom Arm can be extended anywhere from 2m to 4m

How does PORTABOOM® fit into a typical TCP

PORTABOOM® is designed to fit into a TCP where you would normally position a traffic controller

Specialised Traffic Control in Perth

WARP Group is Perth’s experienced traffic control team. A one-stop shop, we handle projects from initial consultations through to final site checks. Offering unparalleled levels of expertise and quality, our qualified professionals provide a full suite of services to suit projects of all sizes. Specialising in traffic control and traffic management, we help you create and maintain a safe, productive and efficient work site with leading strategies and innovative products – like the Portaboom.

Find out more about our range of services and learn more about how a Portaboom unit could work for your project. Contact us on 1300 131 204.

Protecting Those Who Look After Us

The State Government has recently introduced the SLOMO law; a rule intended to improve the road safety of people attending roadside emergencies in Western Australia. Aligning with the values of WARP Group – Perth’s premier team of traffic control and management professionals – the SLOMO rule enhances safety during accidents or hazards. What Does SLOMO … Read more

WARP Group – Traffic Controller Requirements

Traffic Controller Requirements for Safe and Productive Sites

Compared to normal road operations, roadwork sites are particularly hazardous for all road users. Traffic controllers provide traffic control services for personal safety, public convenience and job management when signs and roadwork devices are insufficient.

Traffic controllers are critical to productivity, safety and success on roadwork sites. As frontline representatives of organisations, traffic controllers need to carry out all work to certain high standards – as detailed in Main Roads Western Australia’s Traffic Controllers’ Handbook.

The Seven Requirements

Be Properly Dressed and Prepared

Being properly dressed and prepared shows respect for yourself and your job while increasing respect and recognition from motorists and road users. Traffic controllers’ high visibility clothing must comply with AS/NZS 1906.4 and AS/NZS 4602 for Types D, N or D/N. Safety footwear must comply with AS/NZS 2210 – Occupational Protective Footwear and you may be required to wear a Type N garment for night works.

Understand Your Authority and Responsibilities

All traffic controllers must have successfully completed a ‘Traffic Controller’ course provided by an MRWA accredited training provider. Traffic controllers must also hold a current accreditation and need to be re-accredited every three years.

Warp Training Australia provides a number of accredited traffic controller courses delivered by experienced, qualified and specialised professionals. WTA’s courses equip you with the skills, knowledge and practical know-how to enter the workforce with confidence.

View the full Main Roads Western Australia’s Traffic Controllers’ Handbook for complete guidelines on authority and responsibility.

Know the Correct Procedures

As a traffic controller, you must have a thorough understanding of correct procedures. Hand-held ‘STOP’ and ‘SLOW’ signs can be mounted back-to-back on a timber or aluminium pole. The bottom of the sign should be 1.8m from the bottom of the pole. The diameter of the disc is generally 600mm.

For more on traffic control protocol and requirements, refer to the Main Roads Western Australia’s Traffic Controllers’ Handbook.

Be Properly Located

Traffic controllers must be clearly seen. Do not stand in shady or dusty areas or areas where the sun may obstruct you or the on-coming driver’s vision. When possible, stand where you can see both ends of the work area (your end and the end where the other traffic controller is positioned). Traffic Controllers must also make sure that they have an escape route in case a vehicle appears not to be stopping.

Communicate Effectively

Communicating directions

  • Use the hand-held ‘STOP/SLOW’ sign
  • Use positive hand signals (see section 3.4)
  • Communicate confidently
  • Utilise eye contact with drivers
  • Present yourself neatly and professionally
  • Demonstrate an engaged and interested work ethic

Communicating with the public

  • Remember your position as a frontline representative
  • Be polite and brief if asked questions or when giving verbal directions
  • Make accurate statements
  • Avoid jargon
  • Never engage in arguments or use abusive or impolite language

Communicating internally with portable two-way radios

  • Ensure you know what channel you are on
  • Speak clearly and accurately
  • Provide enough clear and concise information for other traffic controllers
  • Establish standard messages
  • Keep dialogue to a minimum

Assess Changes in Traffic Patterns

Traffic controllers should be alert to changing conditions and traffic patterns. Regular assessments should be made, including:

  • Consideration of sun angles that may result in a shaded traffic control station or hard-to-read signs for drivers
  • Poorly set up, vandalised, damaged, blown over, old or dirty signs
  • Peak hour traffic and road users
  • Staying alert for near misses, which may indicate a problem
  • Communicating with supervisors if problems are suspected

Know Emergency Procedures


As a traffic controller, how you respond in an emergency is important. If a crash occurs, never leave your post unless your own safety is threatened. Warn co-workers and your supervisor as soon as possible, secure traffic behind the incident, radio for assistance and follow instructions.

If incident reports are required, ensure that you complete them thoroughly and accurately.

For incidents involving hazardous loads, you need to take extra care. Alert your supervisor and follow instructions to evacuate the area. Implement the appropriate emergency action plan and cooperate with further instructions from your supervisor and authorities.

Traffic Management Training in Perth

Warp Training Australia offers a variety of traffic management training courses in Perth. As an MRWA accredited training provider, we equip students with relevant industry skills, expertise and practical knowledge in traffic control.

Become an accredited traffic controller with Warp Training Australia. Find out more about courses today.

Contact WARP Group Today

WARP Group provides comprehensive traffic management services for projects of all sizes in Perth. To find out more about accredited traffic control training courses in Perth, contact Warp Training Australia on 1300 019 304.

Traffic Control in a Smart City

How long do you think you should spend commuting to and from work? Ten minutes? Forty-five minutes? In March 2016, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull unveiled his vision for Smart Cities, which involved plans for “30-minute cities”, where people would take no longer than 30 minutes to commute to work each day. But how can traffic be controlled to achieve this in such big cities, especially where many jobs exist in the CBD and the urban sprawl has caused many to rely on personal vehicles to get around?

Our Cars Are Exhausted

The 30-minute city, as described in Mr Turnbull’s Smart Cities Plan, is a city where “no matter where you live, you can easily access the places you need to visit on a daily basis.” However, one of the biggest setbacks in achieving Mr Turnbull’s vision is the widespread use of cars as a means of getting to work each day.

At the moment, less than 10% of people take public transport or walk to their jobs, so we need to look at why these options aren’t more appealing to the working population. At WARP Group, we think one way to encourage people to leave their cars at home is to make public transport the more attractive option. This can be achieved by making public transport schedules frequent and convenient, improving security on services and stressing the money that people could save by leaving their car at home.

If you have more people using public transport, or even better, cycling or walking to their jobs, you will reduce congestion on the roads and commute times will improve.

Smart Cities Need Smart Traffic Management

The idea of the 30-minute city comes from a broader idea of “smart cities” – cities or communities that are designed to be more sustainable and efficient. The term “smart city” is one that is connected to the internet of things (IOT) and therefore, it could be defined as a community of any size, part of a larger unit, that employs the IOT to respond to the communities changing needs, collaborates with other communities and the like.

Smart cities aim to:

  • Invest in the cities’ infrastructure;
  • Coordinate and drive smarter city policy, and, most importantly;
  • Drive the take up of smart technology, to improve the sustainability of our cities and drive innovation.

The use of technology in traffic control plans leads to smarter traffic management, with the use of things such as CCTV footage to detect incidents, variable message signs to warn drivers of incidents and hazards, and even distraction detection to identify fatigued or distracted drivers.

Take Note, Australia                         

Australia can take notes from cities such as Amsterdam, who is leading the way as a smart city. Amsterdam already has its own ‘virtual traffic manager’, which allows a person to view any road in the area, through a combination of cameras, sensors and vehicle detection.

Amsterdam has seen some great improvements in their mobility and transport, with:

  • 32% of traffic movement in Amsterdam is by bike
  • 63% of Amsterdam’s inhabitants use their bike on daily basis;
  • There were nearly 29,000 registered electrical car owners in 2016; and
  • Since 2008, car sharing has increased 376%

While smart traffic management is a start to making our cities more efficient, there is still a long way to go. The next step the rollout of Mr Turnbull’s Smart Cities plan, which will see Sydney revitalised to become Australia’s first smart city. This will be an exciting time for the nation, with other metropolitan and regional cities following suit to become safer and more efficient over time. At WARP Group, we have 20 years of experience in providing and executing traffic control plans to make our cities and towns safer. Make sure you contact WARP Group today for more information on how our traffic management and traffic control plans can help you!

Smart Traffic Management

Technology dominates the best part of our lives, from our smartphones to our home appliances that can be controlled via an app, so it was only a matter of time before it became a part of the transportation and traffic system too. So how has technology impacted the way we commute every day?  

Intelligent Transport in 2017

Welcome to 2017, where some new cars warn us of hazards or avoid them entirely with in-built sensors, some answer our commands via voice control, and others can park or drive themselves. This kind of incredible technology is expanded upon and manipulated to create Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS), which work to improve the safety of those on the road. But how do these systems actually work?

Vehicles with ITS technology are even smarter than those that drive or park themselves, in that they’re connected to the internet. These systems can communicate with each other in real-time, relaying information from personal vehicles to warn other vehicles about hazards, or via traffic management systems to update drivers on road conditions, communicate speed variations or detect distracted drivers!

Traffic Management of the Future is Here

The aim of ITS Technology is to improve safety, reduce costs and find more efficient ways of communicating and commuting. The technology is already being used in to solve traffic issues in Western Australia, in areas such as:

  • Traffic and Incident Monitoring: CCTV footage and vehicle detectors are used to detect incidents and respond to them in the most efficient way to help ease congestion.
  • Variable Message Signs: Used to warn drivers of upcoming incidents, severe weather, long weekend Double-Demerit Points, upcoming events where vehicle routes may change and general congestion.
  • GPS & Navigation Systems: Drivers now have access to real-time updates about the route they are taking, with the option to take other quick routes if an incident occurs and causes congestion.
  • Rail Management Systems: ITS allows for controllers to turn data regarding train location and speed into efficient and reliable train schedules.
  • Distraction Detection: Helping to identify drivers who are suffering from fatigue, or who are inattentive or distracted, through specialised imaging and measuring of things such as eye and head position

Why Invest in ITS Technology?

The biggest reason to invest time, money and resources in ITS technology comes from a safety perspective. With metropolitan areas attracting more and more people to live and work, the congestion on our roads will only continue to increase. ITS is important for advising and managing congestion, preventing accidents from occurring in the first place and smoothing traffic flow if an incident does take place

With the Modern Era’s thirst for 24/7 information, ITS technology assists us daily by providing real-time data to help us be more efficient and productive on our travels. But productivity does not mean being able to check the emails on your phone, drink a coffee and paint your nails as you drive, it means being able to drive with a smaller chance of having a fatigue-related incident.

Other benefits of the technology include reduced costs and environmental performance, with less money being spent on vehicle repairs and fuel consumption from sitting at between 5-10kmph on the Freeway for an hour in the morning and evening, and less gas emissions from your car as you (hopefully) spend less time on the road.

It’s an exciting time for the tech world, and it’s intriguing to think how technology will continue to mould and change the way we understand and undertake traffic management in the future. With 20 years in traffic management, you can be sure that WARP Group will be leading the way in any technological advances that improve traffic management in Australia! Contact WARP Group today for more information on how our traffic management can help you!

Traffic Control Equipment – A Breakdown

When it comes to events that may disrupt the usual flow of traffic, roadwork that requires traffic diversion or even just general day-to-day traffic control, having the right tools is essential. Effective traffic management relies on planning, strategy and many different pieces of equipment. But what exactly are these pieces of signage, what do they mean and how are they beneficial?

Signs

There are many different signs that are used when traffic needs to be managed, from Regulatory Signs such as speed signs, to Warning Signs that advise us of potential animals on the road, such as kangaroos or cattle.

Warning Signs

These signs are used to advise driver of conditions that require caution, speed reduction and additional attention. These signs are general diamond shaped with a black legend or symbol, or both, and a black border on a yellow background. Some examples of these signs are Road Humps Ahead, Low Clearance, and Kangaroo or Stock Warning Signs.

Regulatory Signs

Speed Limit Signs are an example of Regulatory Signs; they advise drivers about traffic laws or regulations. These signs are long rectangles with a white background and a black legend.

Hazard Signs

Hazard Signs are used to indicate a change in the direction of traffic flow, and the presence and width of an obstruction. These signs are generally rectangular, with black and white bands in either diagonal stripes or chevrons. There are four types of Hazard Signs: 

  1. Uni-directional Hazard Marker: Used to guide traffic in the direction indicated by the chevrons.
  2. Bi-directional Hazard Marker: Used to direct drivers either side of an obstruction, such as an island
  3. Width Marker: Used to mark either side of a vertical obstruction, such as a bridge; and
  4. Obstruction Marker: Used to define obstructions above the road, such as road closures. 

Roadside Products

Posts, fittings and LED signage products are used to make people aware of anything that may be happening on the road or any upcoming hazards, particular during roadwork, construction and maintenance and on roads with minimal lighting, such as country roads. These products include: 

Road Edge Guide Post

Often used on country roads where there may be unsealed shoulders, or bends in the road that are hard to navigate at night time.

Permanent and Temporary Raised Pavement Markers

These are often used as a guide for drivers, allowing them to review the road ahead, as well as to see better in harsh weather and low-light conditions.

Guardrail Delineator

Used to make guardrails more visible to drivers, particularly in inclement weather or low light. 

LED Signage

Used to provide relevant and timely messages or information to drivers to inform them of the conditions ahead, such as a change in speed limit, hazards on the road or road closures.

Roadside products also include things such as traffic cones, pedestrian barricades, and metal and plastic crowd barriers.

Ensuring traffic flows smoothly, no matter the hazard, obstruction or road conditions, is imperative to keeping drivers and traffic controllers’ safe. The different equipment that we use all has different uses, but together, these signs will keep traffic and pedestrians controlled and safe. For more information about traffic control in Sydney or Perth, contact WARP Group today!

Maybe It’s Time For A Career Change

Are you sick of feeling bored at work? Or feel like your current job isn’t really leading to anything? Do you want something that is a little more exciting and has a real impact on the community? Then perhaps it is time for you to consider a career in traffic control. This blog discusses Perth’s current job market, what it is a traffic controller does, and how you can go about making this career change, by applying for WARP Group’s traffic control course.

The current job market in Perth

Perth is said to have Australia’s weakest job market at present, meaning that people are jumping into jobs they don’t really want merely for financial security. These are the types of jobs they quickly grow tired of, as they don’t feel like they’re having any sort of impact on people. Traffic controllers, on the other hand, are in a position where they are making a real impact as they are committed to the safety of those within the community.

What does a traffic controller do?

Traffic controllers are used at events and throughout construction projects in order to effectively and efficiently direct traffic. They have a complete understanding of traffic management and how this can have a direct effect on the overall success of an event or project and showcase this understanding through the work they do. It is expected that traffic controllers know that traffic management is far more than just directing traffic.

Traffic controllers must be committed to safety. They can be responsible for activities such as merging traffic or directing vehicles around dangerous or hazardous areas. For this reason, they are fully trained on road safety and know how to respond in any emergency situation.

Basic Worksite Traffic Management & Traffic Control course

It is a requirement that all traffic controllers have completed a traffic control course, such as the Basic Worksite Traffic Management & Traffic Control (BWTM & TC) course offered by WARP. Those who partake in the three-day course and successfully complete the mandatory practical training and assessments receive a Main Roads WA Accreditation card and certificate, allowing them to work as a traffic controller on any main road.

The course consists of both practical and theoretical components. From traffic management plans, cautionary signs, communication, risk identification and prevention, to directing and responding in emergency situations, students will learn everything they need to know in order to begin working as a traffic controller. Courses, such as the BWTM & TC course offered by WARP, are no longer just advantageous, they are a legal requirement and nobody can control traffic on a main road without the skills and theory taught throughout the duration of the course.

If you are thinking it is time for a new job, then maybe being a traffic controller is right for you. By undertaking a traffic control course, you will have all the qualifications you need to get started and make the first step towards a rewarding career change that allows you to have the impact on the community. For all courses contact WTA – www.wta.edu.au

Contact WARP Group today!