The popularity of Victoria continues to grow with recent figures showing that people are moving here at a faster rate than anywhere else in Australia. Currently 2400 new people are calling Melbourne home each week.
While this is great news for our state’s economy, our booming population is putting increasing pressure on our roads, trains, trams and footpaths.
These growing congestion issues are irritating for all of us 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.
Our population 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.
One way RACV is working to understand these is through our Redspot Survey, which has pinpointed the 10 most congested roads around the city using millions of pieces of data collected daily from vehicles.
“We expect governments to plan for the next generations and not just for right now.”
Victorians had a chance to validate these findings with nearly 18,000 entries to the biennial survey, nominating the most frustrating road as Alexandra Parade in Clifton Hill, where the Eastern Freeway comes to an end. More than 64,000 vehicles make their way through this location every day with average speeds during peak hours as low as 20km/h. It’s no wonder this spot has been regarded by Victorians as a hot spot.
RACV believes this critical insight showcases the need for a better connection to and from Melbourne’s east so we can get out of traffic and spend more time doing the things we love.
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.
Based on these results, it is safe to say that congestion is a growing concern for all of us and RACV is calling on planners and politicians to work together for the greater good of our state.
Whether you live or work in Melbourne or you’re visiting to enjoy the city, congestion influences your impression. 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.
If you’d like to look at the full Redspot Survey results, you can visit redspotsurvey.com.au .