RACV is calling for a centralised transport control centre to help counter congestion and ease movement of people and traffic during major events and emergencies.
Victoria’s trains, roads, trams and buses are currently monitored independently. RACV general manager public policy and corporate affairs, Bryce Prosser, says this slows reactivity and hampers collaboration between the different modes of transport.
He says the state’s growing population would be better serviced by an integrated transport control centre to create synergy between the various control rooms, to better manage disruptions and emergencies and keep travellers informed.
“We all hate sitting in traffic jams, it’s a daily frustration,” says Bryce. “Imagine a world where you’re told in advance that there’s a problem ahead or on the way to your destination so you can make better choices. Or if there’s a problem with the trains the central control room can send alternative services into the region such as taxis, buses and trams to make sure you get on your way faster.
“How fantastic would it be to have one central control room where all modes of transport are working together to get you to where you want to be -- where major crowds gather, at the MCG, or into the city for major events.
“If an emergency occurs, this system enables the control room to divert traffic and transport away from the affected area which allows vital services such as police, fire and other emergency services to get in and do their job.”
Bryce believes a centralised system would cost only a few million dollars, but would have a major impact on the way people live and move around.
“It is essential that parties get behind this idea and implement this project as soon as possible.”
To find out what RACV has to say about key election issues, go to racv.com.au/stateelection, for an election priorities map detailing transport infrastructure projects and an election priorities list including infographics, statistics and explainer videos.
Authorised by Bryce Prosser, RACV General Manager Public Policy and Corporate Affairs, 485 Bourke Street, Melbourne, Victoria, 3000