25 July 2016
Victoria’s leading transport advocate RACV has welcomed the State Government plans to introduce 24 hour clearways on Punt Road from St Kilda junction to Alexandra Avenue, to ease traffic congestion.
RACV General Manager of Public Policy, Brian Negus said for decades on street parking south of the Yarra River has caused frustrating traffic congestion for drivers.
“RACV has long called for 24/7 clearways to ease congestion, end bottlenecks and provide immediate safety and improved travel options for people using all modes of transport.
But Mr Negus said RACV wants the clearways extended north of the Yarra River, to the Eastern Freeway.
“North of the river, traffic congestion is a nightmare also and must be immediately addressed.
“Melbourne drivers are fed up with sitting in bumper-to-bumper traffic even on the weekends and in the off-peak. RACV wants the 24/7clearways to extend all the way from the Yarra River to the Eastern Freeway.
“The Hoddle Street and Punt Road corridor is one of the most significant inner-city arterials in Melbourne, functioning as a by-pass of the city and providing access to many locations in inner Melbourne like the MCG for example.
Mr Negus said RACV is also calling for bus lanes in both directions from Victoria Parade to the Eastern Freeway to increase the efficiency of bus services to the North Eastern suburbs.
"The bus lane will increase the speed and reliability of the many SmartBus services to Doncaster and other buses using Hoddle Street.
As well as clearways and bus lanes Mr Negus said that improvements to intersections along both Hoddle Street and Punt Road are required to deal with the large volumes of turning traffic.
Longer term solutions are also needed for Punt Road using the existing planning scheme reservation to provide a divided six lane road.
He said underpasses or overpasses may also need to be considered as part of a longer term road strategy along both Hoddle Street and Punt Road, to further ease congestion and improve tram and bus travel across these routes.
Options including tunnel solutions should also be explored for this critical corridor.