PR Log - May 21, 2012 - ROAD users frustrated by congestion are being asked to nominate those sections of road that make them “see red” in the RACV Redspot survey run in conjunction with Leader Newspapers.
The survey is held every two years to collect information from Victorians who nominate congested road locations that affect drivers, public transport users and cyclists. The information is used by RACV to advocate for improvements.
The 2010 Redspot survey saw a record 8000 nominations – 1500 more than in the 2008 survey – reflecting the increasing frustration experienced by road users stuck in traffic.
Improvements made to Victorian roads since the 2010 Redspot Survey results include:
• $16.5 million funded in 20 011/12 for pre-construction work at the Mitcham Rd, Mitcham, Redspot (a combined project with Rooks Road) • Accelerated project development at the Springvale Rd, Springvale Rail way Crossing Redspot with the project now being d delivered • Planning for the removal of level crossings at the long-running Redspot of Blackburn Rd, Blackburn (a top 10 Redspot in 2004, 2006, and 2008) and Burke Rd, G Glen Iris (number four in 2008 and 2010).
RACV Manager Roads & Traffic, Dave Jones, said the survey applied to all road users including drivers, motorbike riders, cyclists, b bus passengers or pedestrians.
“We need road users to be our eyes and ears on the road, letting us know about those areas that cause them frustration because of delays and traffic gridlock,” said Mr Jones.
“Our research tells us that congestion is seen as an increasing problem for r road users, impacting greatly on their ability to travel to and from work, drop their children at school a and just go about their daily life.”
“The Redspot Survey is the chance to have your say and make a difference, knowing that your vote will count when it comes to improving congestion.”
Independent research undertaken by RACV found that 85% of motorists believe congestion in Victoria has worsened over the past five years and almost 90% expect congestion to be worse in five years time.
Melbourne’s most frustrating stretch of road, taking out the top spot in the 2010 RACV Redspot Survey, was the Murrumbeena Rd/Neerim Rd railway crossing.
“Railway level crossing were highlighted as a problem in the 2010 Survey and the State Government has promised $379 million to eliminate 10 notorious railway level crossings over the next four years” said Mr Jones.
“However, despite the Murrumbeena Road railway crossing being ranked as the number one location for traffic congestion by the public, this railway crossing has not been allocated any immediate funding.”
“RACV has called on successive governments to commit to remove five level crossings per year to better address the congestion and road safety issues caused by Melbourne’s 182 level crossings. The Victorian Government made an election commitment to deliver an increased number of level crossing underpasses and overpasses with 10 promised over the term of this government.”
“This is an encouraging increase in project promises but more is needed. We urge the government to deliver more than just two to three per year given little construction work has actually started.”
Other improvements since RACV announced its 2010 Redspot Survey results include:
• Clyde Rd/Enterprise Ave Berwick – part of the $55.6 million upgrade of Clyde Rd between High St and Kangan Dr, this intersection will be improved • Cranbourne Rd/Frankston Fwy, Frankston – a short term, cost effective P-turn solution was implemented in 2009 however the real solution for this intersection will be the completion of the Peninsula Link (due in 2013) at a cost of $759 million. • Glenroy Rd/Station Rd/Pascoe Vale Rd/Hartington St, Glenroy – VicRoads installed a double right-turn from Glenroy Rd into Pascoe Vale Rd in mid-2010. • Calder Fwy/Keilor Rd/Fullerton Rd/Grange Rd/Newman St, Niddrie -$305,000 was spent to improve the safety of the Keilor Rd, Old Keilor Rd and Grange Rd intersection. Work was completed in September 2011. • Werribee St North/Geelong Rd, Werribee -$3 million of works on improvements next to the railway line and additional lanes for turning.
“In the 12 years since this survey begun, congestion on Victorian roads has grown significantly. In 2020, the avoidable costs of congestion are predicted to rise to a staggering $6 billion across Victoria and it is businesses and the community who will end up paying for it,” said Mr Jones.
The results of the Redspot Survey will be analysed by RACV transport engineers and presented to state government and local councils in an effort to identify the crippling congestion issues on Victoria’s roads. The top Redspots across the state will be announced in September this year.