Permanent electronic message signs on Heathcote Road, Lucas Heights

Urban Roads Pinch Point Program, which aims to reduce congestion and improve travel times on Sydney’s busiest road corridors.

Updates and announcements

Roads and Maritime Services has installed a permanent electronic sign on Heathcote Road, Lucas Heights. Many thanks for your patience while we carried out this work.

Project background

Roads and Maritime sought feedback in November 2016 on a proposal to install two permanent electronic message signs on Heathcote Road, Lucas Heights.

The proposed locations for two permanent electronic message signs on Heathcote Road, included:

  • 375m north of the intersection of New Illawarra Road to provide eastbound road users with advance notice of planned and unplanned incidents on the Princes Highway
  • 235m south of the intersection of New Illawarra Road to provide westbound road users with advance notice of planned and unplanned incidents on the M5 Motorway.

How do message signs improve traffic flow?

There are more than 200 permanent electronic message signs throughout NSW. They are programmed by the Transport Management Centre (TMC), which manages and monitors the road network 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

We place electronic message signs before key journey decision points to help road users make informed decisions about which route to take. Providing real-time updates on congestion, incidents and events at the right point on the road network helps improve traffic flow and travel times.

The TMC’s information on traffic conditions comes from a number of sources, including closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras at traffic lights.

For more information on our permanent electronic message signs, please visit our Roads and Maritime Services website and search on ‘electronic message signs’.

Community consultation

Roads and Maritime sought feedback from key stakeholders in November 2016 on a proposal to install two variable message signs (VMS’) on Heathcote Road, Lucas Heights. We thank everyone who took the time to consider the proposal and provide comments.

We received feedback from the Sutherland Shire Council supporting the proposal. After reviewing feedback, we have decided to proceed with the project without change.

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