How to get those frustrating traffic Redspots fixed

The nomination period is now closed and the results will be released in September 2016.

RACV is again asking commuters to nominate the most frustrating locations that make them see ‘red’ with the launch of the 2016 RACV Redspot Survey.

This year RACV has partnered with Leader Community News and 7 News to collect nominations on congested locations that affect drivers, public transport users, riders and pedestrians, ultimately to determine the Top 10 worst Redspot locations across Victoria.

Top 10 Redspots in 2014

Victoria is the fastest growing state in the nation. Within Melbourne, the roll-out of upgraded roads, railway lines and bicycle paths, and the necessary buses, trams and trains, has not kept pace with the city’s rapid growth. Regional cities also have growing suburbs and congestion issues. The problem is not going away and it’s imperative the locations that cause the most frustration and grief for commuters are fixed.

How do you know the Redspot Survey works?

The results provided by 8,500 Victorians in the 2014 RACV Redspot Survey helped secure more than $1.5 billion to improve Redspots across the state. State Government announcements have acknowledged that they’re fixing Redspots.

The worst location for congestion in the 2014 survey was the Chandler Highway Bridge. $110 million has been committed by the state government to build a new six lane bridge, which will vastly improve the flow of traffic. The existing heritage bridge will be retained as a pedestrian and bicycle route across the Yarra.

Also in the top ten in 2014 was Burke Road between Monash Freeway and Malvern Road. The removal of the level crossing there, as part of the level crossing removal program, is a huge win. Locals and other road users are now enjoying the benefits of a smoother run through a known problem location, and train commuters have a much better railway station.

People that travel through level crossings across the city will benefit as 50 are progressively removed by the State Government, including over 30 identified by the RACV as a priority based upon the Redspot Survey and their safety risk.

The Redspot Survey has a track record of achieving positive results – but there is still a long way to go. A few minutes completing the Redspot Survey helps RACV make a case for ongoing local congestion busting measures, for the benefit of all Victorians. The survey results will be analysed by RACV transport engineers and anonymous results presented to VicRoads, Public Transport Victoria and local councils.

How do I nominate a location?

Complete the survey at or call RACV on 03 9790 2863 if you would like a paper nomination form to be sent to you. You can nominate as many locations as you like, but you must only nominate a location once.

Please also note that petitions are not counted as multiple nominations. Each nomination must be via the survey website or on an individual nomination form.

When will I find out the results?

The Top 10 Redspots will be announced in mid-September 2016.

Updated 27 July 2016.

Written by Dave Jones, Roads and Traffic Manager
May 23, 2016