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.
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.