Improving our road network
To keep Melbourne’s roads moving, we’re ramping up direct traffic interventions by tasking more response crews and traffic engineers with tackling congestion hotspots, incidents and blockages on the network.
A $340 million package is making it easier for people and goods to get around Melbourne with better technology, more specialist staff and stronger enforcement of clearways.
More than 200 wireless travel time sensors and 40 new visual message boards will put live traffic data in the hands of our traffic management centre and drivers, helping keep traffic moving and reducing delays.
Six extra incident response crews and dozens more specialist traffic engineers will be hired to keep our roads moving around the clock – creating jobs and reducing delays from unexpected events.
The timing of hundreds of traffic lights – along with traffic patterns and crash data – will be analysed and re-sequenced to maximise traffic flow along some of the busiest routes in the targeted areas.
Clearways across inner-Melbourne will also be strongly enforced with new penalties for those that park illegally and all arterial road clearways within 20 kilometres of the CBD will be strengthened to tow-away zone status.
Finally, road occupation charges to charge developers for blocking precious lanes on arterial roads during building works have recommenced after they were suspended in response to the coronavirus outbreak.
We’re also targeting three key ‘traffic hotspots’ in Melbourne’s west, south-east, and east with the technology and resources to keep traffic moving:
- In the west, taking in the suburbs of Werribee, Point Cook, Altona and the outskirts of Williamstown.
- In the south-east, including Oakleigh, Mordialloc, Dandenong and Cranbourne.
- In the east, including Glen Waverley, Wantirna South, Rowville and Berwick.
These are areas that have experienced, or are adjacent to areas that have experienced, rapid population growth over the past few years and are complex road environments with drivers sharing roads with freight and buses in the west, and buses, trams and trains in the south-east.