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Traffic Management: What’s to It?

There’s an abundance of reasons why you or your business may require traffic management. Whether it be road works, construction or an event, WARP has your back, WARP understands partnership. At WARP, we know traffic management is not a guessing game. It can take out of the box thinking and novel design to deliver consistent solutions to our expanding list of satisfied clients. So, what’s involved with traffic management?

Consultation:

In delivering a first-class service, it’s important to realise that each project is different and the approach, strategy and design should be pragmatic. At WARP, not only do we recognise this, it is the backbone of the service we deliver. We enjoy meeting with our clients to discuss their individual requirements to effectively and efficiently provide a transparent understanding of the project costs and requirements. In the traffic management industry, no two projects are the same and it’s by embracing this that we are able to go above and beyond with our service.

The planning

In fulfilling the requirements of clients, effective and accurate planning must occur. In order for us to make sure this is the case at WARP, our in-house CAD technicians use their experience to design traffic management plans using the latest CAD software. Not only are these plans effective, but they are efficient as well! We come up with a plan as fast as we possibly can, communicate it with our client and make changes wherever there is a requirement.

Getting the job done

While consultation and planning are crucial, what matters the most is getting the job done on the day. Here at WARP, we have skilled and experienced staff that will perform their duties in a professional and friendly manner. There are a number of laws and legislation associated with traffic control and management, so it’s important to have a developed and focused interest in this. We at WARP have been doing this for 20 years and continue to be at the forefront of new and emerging strategies, plant and equipment.

WARP will be on time, deliver the service promised at the price agreed, we will do what we say will do. Our commitment is to provide this service with a spirit of partnership and transparency and our communication channels will ensure a smooth and productive relationship from the very start.

As leaders in the traffic management industry since 1997, we at WARP are experts in all phases of the traffic management process. We display strong and honest communications, a fresh attitude and a service that is versatile to suit your requirements. Contact WARP today for all your traffic management needs and get the job done safely and on time!

Driverless Vehicles

Driverless vehicles are hitting the road in countries all around the world. It won’t be long before your taxi will pull up with nobody inside, trucks will drive themselves across the country, and your morning commute on public transport will be passengers only.

The autonomous vehicle industry is booming and it means exciting changes for Australian passengers and businesses alike. For the road traffic control industry, the growth of driverless vehicles could see machinery going autonomous, freeing up a driver to increase the crew’s efficiency.

According to industry estimates by 2020 the driverless vehicle industry will be worth more than $100 billion worldwide. Already some companies are exploring how autonomous vehicles can deliver packages, haul material and transport people.

 

What is driverless technology?

In simple terms, autonomous vehicles use a bunch of sensors to tell a computer program how to drive. The sensors register light, distance, speed, sound and direction which feeds into a program designed to interpret all those things like a human would. It is a similar concept to reversing sensors or automatic wipers.

Driverless technology is not quite road-ready for you to sit back and watch a movie while you wave to Sydney’s traffic controllers hard at work. There are some cars like Tesla’s Model S which feature autopilot functionality, a precursor to fully autonomous vehicles. These still require a human driver to be touching the wheel but take over some of the controls at low speeds.

 

The road to the future

Although still fairly new, driverless vehicles are already revolutionising the way we think about transport and car ownership, boosting the popularity of electric cars in the process. Here are some examples:

• Shared car ownership or no car ownership! Autonomous vehicles can be shared between users, because they can drive themselves to the next pickup point.
• Emergency support and road works – What if Sydney’s traffic controllers and emergency workers could partner with data companies to predict where accidents might occur and get there faster?
• Planning and government services – How will we plan for a driverless future? Roads, recharging stations and airspace will all operate differently with the increased presence of robot vehicles.


Benefits and risks

Driverless vehicles will soon make transport more efficient than ever, and ideally safer too. Autonomous trucks will reduce strain on long-haul drivers by taking the wheel on lengthy routes. The technology will allow faster delivery – imagine ordering a pizza and having it delivered in minutes by a driverless car, then carried up to your apartment by a drone! Mercedes-Benz recently unveiled a concept van to do exactly that.

As with any new technology, there are kinks to work out before driverless vehicles go mainstream. Machinery is also going driverless which presents its own complications. Take road work machinery; there are so many moving parts like scoops and drills, and their sheer size makes safety the number one issue. Australian roads need to be safe for human and robot drivers alike so companies implementing this technology need to be absolutely sure it will not cause harm.

Cars, buses and trucks are starting to be tested in real-life situations and the technology will soon be available to the general public. Autonomous vehicles will innovate the way we live and work in exciting ways.

Keeping You Safe

Busy construction sites and road users can be a hazardous combination, which is why government authorities and large construction companies manage the risks by employing Road Traffic Management specialists to keep things on the move in a safe and controlled environment.

Road Traffic Management is a complex business

Let’s face it, everyone’s in a hurry to get from A to B, and the last thing we want is a hold up.  This is precisely why road management and traffic control is so important. Road Traffic Management is more than a person in a high-vis jacket with a sign, it’s complex and governed by strict rules and regulations. While each State and Territory has its own rules and standards, there are many common themes.

  • Traffic Controllers have responsibilities which include:
  • their personal safety and that of other workers;
  • the safety of other road users; and
  • safely controlling the speed road users and access to and from a work site.

How WARP keeps the traffic flowing

It doesn’t matter if it’s a simple road closure, major civil construction, road works or an emergency, all of these situations call for professional road management to keep people safe.  Whatever the scenario, WARP will have a traffic management plan drawn up by an expert and implemented by one or more of our trained and experienced Traffic Control Officers.

There are many ways to safely slow and direct traffic safely.  These include:

  • warning signs – advising you that there is a hazard ahead
  • personnel with stop–go signs
  • temporary traffic lights
  • temporary road closures and diversions

The important thing for the road user to remember is that a traffic management plan has been put into place with your safety and the safety of others in mind.

Safety is everyone’s responsibility

When it comes to road safety everybody is responsible for keeping themselves and others safe. To do this it’s essential that you obey the directions of the Traffic Control Officers. They will be in direct contact with other people either on site or close by and will know of hazards that may not be immediately obvious to you.

Simple steps to keeping the traffic moving and yourself safe

  • Don’t leave it till the last minute. Slow down as soon as you see there is an event or a hazard ahead.
  • Always obey temporary speed limits and lane changes. Be prepared to stop.
  • Be vigilant. Look out for workers, and keep a safe distance between you and the vehicle ahead. Know your safe stopping distance.
  • Be a hero. Traffic Controllers and worker’s jobs can be a dangerous, keeping your distance and keeping them safe will be much appreciated because you’re helping to make their workplace as safe as your own.

At WARP we believe that every worker has the right to go home to their families safely at the end of their working day. Major civil works may be disruptive for a short time but building better towns, cities and roads creates a safer and more enjoyable environment for everyone.

Sydney Gridlock – How To Prepare for the Daily Grind

Anyone who lives in or visits Australia’s largest metropolis knows traffic congestion is getting heavier by the day. Almost every day there are traffic events which cause gridlock. Sustained population growth and the advent of multi-car households, contribute to the level of traffic on NSW roads. In fact, traffic has increased to the point where a simple road traffic accident can result in lane closures on major arterial road and tailbacks for several kilometres on all approaches to the CBD.

The NSW government have recognised this growing issue, and in most cases have implemented strategic infrastructural plans in order to improve the flow of traffic on our metro roads. These projects are done efficiently and effectively, but may cause a delay on your upcoming trip. This minor delay today is one step closer to better roads in the future for us all to enjoy.

Roads are busier and getting from A to B really does take longer

Currently, Sydney residents make 16 million road trips on an average weekday, and 15 million road trips over the weekend. Of those weekday trips, over 70% of them are made during peak hours, making the easing of congestion a major pressure point for commuters, businesses and government.

Roads and Maritime Services figures show that Peak hour speeds on some of Sydney’s major roads have slumped by up to 25km/h in the past two years. Data also reveals Sydney drivers are stuck in rush hour traffic for longer, with the worst afternoon peak – on the M4 Motorway between Concord and Clyde – now spanning six hours, from 2pm to 8pm.

Planning for the disruptions you can predict

There are always disruptions to traffic that can be predicted. These include, major sporting events, big construction projects and road maintenance. Using advance traffic control management services can reduce the impact on the area and help to relieve or prevent traffic jams and hold ups. It’s at times like these, partnering with an experienced Traffic Management Planning company can make all the difference.

There are things which minimise the impact

WARP has experienced traffic management planning staff ready and waiting to assist you to manage practically every Traffic Management scenario imaginable. WARP has the solutions for simple one-day individual works through to highly complex major infrastructure projects involving multiple stages and round the clock working environments. We are there every step of the way to get Australian drivers home safe to their families.

All of our personnel are fully accredited Traffic Controllers with valuable field experience. We are available 24 hours a day – 7 days a week – 365 days a year you can rely on us whatever the circumstance.

WARP regularly carries out emergency response work for the water, electrical, and gas service providers, Local Governments and Main Road contractors. Contact us on 1300 131 204 to discuss how we can help you with our fully integrated traffic management services.