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Pacemaker lighting: Australian-first for Burnley Tunnel

Burnley Tunnel pacemaker lights.

An Australian-first pacemaker lighting system has been switched on for drivers in Melbourne’s Burnley Tunnel.

Drivers in the tunnel will now see a green band of moving light along the walls, which is expected to help keep pace through to the tunnel exit.

These green bands will move at a speed safe and appropriate to traffic conditions in the tunnel with hopes to encourage drivers to maintain a consistent speed, while never exceeding the tunnel’s speed limit of 80 kilometres per hour.


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Due to the nature of the tunnel, drivers tend to slow down as they travel uphill to exit the tunnel.

The pacemaker lights are expected to  prevent backlogs of traffic that can lead to congestion across the wider road network.

The installation of the new system was funded by Transurban. It included repainting the tunnel walls and installing new LEDs in an attempt to make the tunnel look brighter, more spacious and ultimately, safer.

A comprehensive road safety audit, which included closely examining the effect of pacemaker lighting on drivers, was completed as part of the project.

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