Melbourne’s worst traffic jams
The 2018 Redspot Survey has pinpointed Melbourne’s most congested roads.
It’s 8.15 on a Thursday morning, and traffic along Alexandra Parade in Clifton Hill is at a standstill. The entry and exit point of the Eastern Freeway and the key corridor to the western link of CityLink is one of Melbourne’s hardest-working arterial roads and today, like most days, traffic is moving at a snail’s pace.
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 rated by Victorians as their most disliked. Survey respondents described it as “atrocious” and “the pits”.
RACV Manager Mobility Advocacy Dave Jones says it is clear that Alexandra Parade continues to frustrate motorists the most. “Something needs to be done. People don’t want to wait until North East Link is completed to see what happens. The congestion problem is now,” he says.
One of 10 congestion hotspots identified by RACV using traffic data, the annual Redspot Survey asked Victorians to choose the worst place for congestion from the pre-determined list. As well as Alexandra Parade, many of the worst ‘redspots’ were located in major corridors, with delays on major freeways and arterial roads generally proving more frustrating than congestion at major shopping strips such as Malvern Road, Toorak, and Barkly Street, Footscray.
With Melbourne’s rapid population growth putting pressure on all forms of transport, the city’s increasing congestion is a key challenge for government. RACV believes there is an urgent need for clarity from government and the opposition. “As we head into the state election, all parties must declare their plans for fixing our worst congestion problems,” says Dave.