Live Traffic NSW turns 12 with big plans for the future
The NSW Government is embarking on an ambitious plan to cover every road across the state through Live Traffic NSW as the platform celebrates 12 years helping drivers get from A to B safely and on time.
Minister for Metropolitan Roads Natalie Ward said the milestone is a significant reminder of the work undertaken so far to establish a network that provides real-time traffic data, so motorists can plan their daily commutes.
“Live Traffic NSW has played a critical role over the past 12 years in providing real time information to help people move safely around state roads,” Ms Ward said.
“We update Live Traffic NSW 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, as we monitor and manage the 18,000-kilometre NSW state road network.
“This includes publishing live shots from 155 cameras every minute, and details of 500 incidents per day on average.
“This has helped state road users and now we’re planning to gather incident data on every road in the state by 2024.
“This update will mean Live Traffic NSW will be able to inform drivers across the state of the best route to take anywhere, any time.”
Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Sam Farraway said one of the most important things people need to be able to rely on is accurate and timely road information to make travel easier and safer.
“With a record of up to 660,000 visits a day on the Live Traffic NSW website and apps during the natural disaster events of 2021, a spike in traffic 33 times higher than usual, demand has never been higher for timely and accurate information, and we expect this demand to increase as more councils come on board,” Mr Farraway said.
“Thanks to the upgrade the NSW Government is rolling out, Live Traffic will be a one stop shop bringing all of the state’s traffic information into one central hub.
“Providing a better service for users will be valuable during emergencies like floods or fires, with more detailed information available to help protect communities and save lives.”
All councils in NSW will be given free access to OneRoad, the new backend platform that powers Live Traffic NSW. Data input through OneRoad will also be available on the Transport for NSW Open Data Hub for third-party apps like Google Maps, Apple Maps, Waze and TomTom.
New information from 22 LGAs, most from regional Northern NSW, will be available on Live Traffic NSW and third-party apps from October.
LGAs will continue to come on board in stages, with priority given to regional councils most impacted by bushfires and floods. All 128 LGAs across the state will be given the opportunity to use OneRoad by 2024.