Redspot Survey results show need for action in north-east

RACV Redspots of worst traffic bottlenecks

More than 18,000 Victorians have helped RACV to identify hundreds of Redspots, the state’s worst traffic bottlenecks and most congested roads.

They participated in the 2016 RACV Redspot Survey and nominated the most frustrating locations that make them see ‘red’. The results have been analysed by RACV transport engineers and will be provided to VicRoads, Public Transport Victoria and local councils.
Victoria’s ten worst Redspots

The latest RACV survey results will give transport authorities an updated insight to the problems commuters face every day. Here are the most frustrating spots that make motorists, bus drivers, cyclists and pedestrians see ‘red’:

2016 RACV Redspot Survey results

Suburb

1. Eastern Freeway / Alexandra Parade / Hoddle Street   

Clifton Hill

2. Rosanna Road / Jika St / Dora St / Banksia / St Lower Heidelberg Rd   

Heidelberg

3. Chandler Hwy between Heidelberg Rd and Princess St

Alphington / Kew

4. Thompsons Rd / Western Port Hwy

Skye

5. Fitzsimons Lane between Main Rd and Porter St

Eltham

6. Greensborough Hwy between Metropolitan Ring Rd and Grimshaw St   

Greensborough

7. Point Cook Rd between Princes Fwy and Sneydes Rd

Point Cook

8. Bulleen Rd / Thompsons Rd / Eastern Fwy intersection

Bulleen

9. Maroondah Hwy / Dorset Rd

Croydon North

10. Toorak Rd between  Milton Pde and Auburn

Kooyong


What do the results identify?

The Redspot Survey revealed that thousands of hours are lost by commuters stuck at hundreds of intersections across the metropolitan area, highlighting the urgent need for immediate and long-term investment in roads and public transport to reduce congestion.

There are issues that must be addressed in almost all local metropolitan council areas but the most pressing problems are located in the north-east corridor from Clifton Hill to Greensborough and Templestowe, which includes six of Victoria’s 10 worst traffic intersections.

More strategic infrastructure development is essential and an integrated master plan must be developed for traffic management in the North East. The master plan should address public transport and the issues that affect buses and trains, including improvements to Smartbus to Doncaster, the Hurstbridge and South Morang rail lines, as well as the Metropolitan Ring Road, North East Link and East West Link.

RACV has long proposed the North East Link as its number one road project and Victoria needs a commitment now to get on with the detailed planning and reserve the corridor for this critical project. Of the top ten Redspots, numbers 2, 5, 6 and 8 all represent a call for this link.

Past successes

The Redspot Survey has helped secure more than $1.5 billion to improve Redspots since the previous survey in 2014. That includes the significant commitment to remove level crossings that have featured strongly in past surveys. RACV welcomes that commitment but there is still a long way to go.

Some of that funding – $110 million – has been committed to building a new six-lane bridge to relieve congestion on the Chandler Highway in Alphington/Kew, which respondents considered the worst nightmare in 2014. That investment will make a major difference and now there must be a focus on the North East corridor, which is fast approaching crisis point.

This year’s survey had strong support from the bus industry, coordinated by the Bus Association, and that data will also be provided to VicRoads and PTV to help provide faster, more reliable, connections for public transport users.

Find out more information about the 2016 survey results at www.redspotsurvey.com.au.
 

Written by Dave Jones, Roads and Traffic Manager
September 12, 2016