Traffic Signal Photos & Information: 1990s
New South Wales

General Information:

In the mid 1990s, the Roads and Traffic Authority introduced Quartz Halogen signals to New South Wales. These signals offered lower power consumption and better light output than previous signals. The RTA replaced a large number of signals across the state with these signals. Most of which are manufactured by Aldridge Traffic Group. In NSW a QH signal is recognisable by the small cross shape within the lens of the signal.

In 2005, the Roads & Traffic Authority said that about 30% of New South Wales’ traffic signals use 240-volt globes and the remainder use Quartz Halogen technology. This figure is now changing with the official introduction of LED signals in 2004 to NSW. 1

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Multi Function Pole:
Introduced during the 1980s, the multi function pole seen here provides a good clear location of signage on a crowded intersection. Over the years the configuration of these poles have varied slightly. This one is from the 1990s, and is on the corner of Barney and Marsh Streets in Armidale. April 2002.

Image © Paul Rands

  4 Aspect Signal:
The more common 4 aspect signal used in NSW. The colour scheme can vary, for example, you may find a red circle and red arrow, or in this case a green circle and green arrow instead.

Image © Darren Hodges

3 Aspect Signal:
Typical 1990s setup for signals in NSW. April 2002.

Image © Paul Rands

  Mast Arm Post:
1990s mast arm and street name placard. The RTA began adding street names to the mast arms during the 1990s, with inital installations using a chain, not a bracket as used here on the corner of Preddy Street and Stoney Creek Road in Bexley.

Image © Sam Laybutt (Ozroads)

4 Aspect Signal:
Less common style of 4 aspect signal for NSW. Located on the corner Mitchell Hwy (NR32) and Peisley St in Orange. October 2004.

Image © Sam Laybutt (Ozroads)

  Smart Poles:
Smart poles were introduced to the CBD of Sydney in the late 90s, and they have also managed to make their way to suburbs, such as these in Liverpool.

Image © Sam Laybutt (Ozroads)

6 Aspect Signal:
Typical 1990s setup for signals in NSW. Wharf and Florence Street, Tweed Heads. March 2006.

Image © Paul Rands

  Smart Poles:
This is the original style smart pole used in NSW. Called a smart pole because they can be configured in numerous setups. George Street, Sydney.

Image © Sam Laybutt (Ozroads)

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