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Growing population, growing congestion concerns
As Victoria’s population booms, transport systems have to keep pace with the growing needs of the community. There is more demand than ever for every metre of our roads.
This congestion is frustrating for people trying to get to work, to the shops or to visit family and friends, but it is also creating a wide range of challenges for governments.
This growth has led to significant government investment and proposals for an overhaul of transport systems. Some exciting new projects are either underway or planned to alleviate our most frustrating pain points, but it is always a question of what to prioritise.
The top ten congestion locations
RACV’s Redspot Survey pinpointed the 10 most congested roads around the city using millions of pieces of data collected daily from vehicles.
More than 18,000 entries to the survey saw Alexandra Parade at Clifton Hill declared the worst of a bad bunch with 22 per cent of the votes. Around 64,000 vehicles make their way through this location every day with average speeds during peak hours as low as 20km/h so it’s no wonder this spot has been regarded as a hot spot.
Many of the other worst spots were located in major corridors with delays on major freeways and arterial roads generally proving more frustrating than congestion at major shopping strips. Thompsons Road Skye finished second with 16 per cent of the votes with Rosanna Road Heidelberg and Kings Way coming in equal third with 14 per cent.
Congestion wastes time, reduces productivity and quality of life
It’s an issue that cannot be ignored by planners or politicians because the surging population will put further pressure on all forms of transport across the city.
RACV expects long term strategic policies that are fully costed and transparent, so the community can see how options stack up to solve the congestion challenges of a modern city.
We want Victoria to continue to be a great place to live and work and we expect governments to plan for the next generations and not just for right now.