Kapsch secures new contract to replace tolling systems on two Australian motorways

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One of Austria’s leading traffic technology suppliers has won a contract to replace legacy tolling equipment on two motorways that form part of the ring road around the Australian city of Brisbane.

Kapsch TrafficCom has announced that its subsidiary, Kapsch TrafficCom Australia Pty, has reached agreement with road operator Transurban Queensland for a new project to fully replace the existing road tolling for the Gateway and Logan Motorways in the state of Queensland. The Gateway, including the Gateway Extension, and Logan Motorways comprise over 37 miles (60km) of multi-lane highway, and are part of Transurban Queensland’s network of Brisbane toll roads that operate under the ‘Go Via’ toll collection brand.

The Gateway Motorway provides an efficient and safe Brisbane city bypass; a north-south connection between the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast; and access to the busy port of Brisbane and airport precincts. The Logan Motorway is located to the southwest of Brisbane and provides an essential connection between Logan, Brisbane and Ipswich. The Go Via network enables motorists to make better connections, whether by avoiding congestion in the city’s Central Business District (CBD), or through connections to four of Brisbane’s major motorways; the Bruce Highway in the north, the Pacific Motorway to the south, and the Ipswich Motorway and Western Freeway to the west.

The scope of the project comprises supply of a new tolling system with 14 tolling points, and is valued at over €9m (US$10m). For the Gateway and Logan Upgrade Project, Kapsch will provide Transurban Queensland with the latest in cutting-edge tolling technology based on the company’s single gantry multi-lane free-flow (MLFF) platform and next-generation stereoscopic vision technology for both vehicle detection and classification (VDC) and automatic number plate recognition (ANPR).

Kapsch’s nVDC system is designed to detect, track, trigger, and classify vehicles in real-time and in all traffic and weather conditions. The key project objectives are improving performance by replacing the legacy tolling system with Kapsch’s state of the art technology, while minimizing the impact on motorists, which is a critical consideration for motorways with daily traffic in excess of 271,000 vehicles. Kapsch has a strong presence in Australia, and in March the company was selected to replace the existing tolling system on the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge and Tunnel, operated by the New South Wales Roads and Maritime Services (RMS).

“We are pleased to expand on the strong partnership that has been formed with Transurban since we first commenced working together on the Melbourne Citylink Project in 1997. We are proud to be able to deliver our latest cutting edge tolling solution to toll the iconic Sir Leo Hielscher Bridges on the Gateway and Logan Motorways,” explained André F Laux, chief operating officer at Kapsch. “With this agreement we have secured our sixth multi-lane free-flow tolling project in Queensland, joining the AirportLink, Legacy Way, CLEM7, Go Between Bridge and Toowoomba Second Range Crossing, and are now the sole supplier of roadside ETC systems in Queensland.”

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