The State Government has released a report claiming that traffic congestion in #Perth is actually getting better.
The report, released by the Minister for Transport, Bill Marmion, states that low cost, high impact measures, like new merging lines and traffic signal optimisation are significantly contributing to less travel times on our roads.
The report also revealed the locations of the next round of intersections to receive the traffic signal optimisation treatment, including the intersections at Graham Farmer Freeway and East Parade, Tonkin Highway and Kelvin Road, and where Hepburn and Whitfords avenues meet Marmion Avenue.
There's many in the office here who don't quite share Mr Marmion's optimism about Perth traffic times. After all, there's this old chestnut.
The Report In Full
Driver journey times continue to improve
- Traffic Congestion Management Program cutting Perth driver journey times
- Traffic flow improvement projects and initiatives continuing
With many initiatives completed and new initiatives underway, the Main Roads’ Traffic Congestion Management Program (TCMP) has been praised by Transport Minister
Bill Marmion for the improvements made to Perth’s traffic flow.
“The Liberal National Government is committed to ensuring people endure minimal time stuck in traffic. For parents and families in particular, that means more time available to spend with each other,” Mr Marmion said.
“Low-cost, high-impact initiatives - including new merge lines and traffic signal optimisation - are continuing to reduce traffic congestion to the benefit of all road users.
“Installation of merge lines across the freeway network has noticeably improved journey times, and the State Government is also planning an educational campaign to assist drivers to merge safely.
“The addition of a new lane on the Mitchell Freeway between Charles and Market streets has also proved to be a success.”
By reconfiguring the road markings to give drivers an extra lane between Vincent and Market streets, average travel speeds southbound have increased by 65 per cent in the evening peak period.
“The widespread traffic signal timing improvement project has also proved to be very successful,” the Minister said.
“The review program is to be expanded to cover all 400 sets of traffic lights on the metropolitan State road network following the project’s successes to date.”
Key locations targeted for upgrading include the intersections of Graham Farmer Freeway and East Parade, Tonkin Highway and Kelvin Road, and where Hepburn and Whitfords avenues meet Marmion Avenue.
The roll-out of merge lines will also be extended to the Reid, Roe, Tonkin and Leach highways.
- The TCMP is funded by a $40 million combined State and Australian Government contribution and ongoing State Government investment activities to relieve congestion
- Average travel speeds on Kwinana Freeway northbound have increased by 9%
- Stock Road travel times have improved by 28% and on Orrong Road by 31%
- Great Eastern Highway travel times have improved by 22%
For more information, visit https://project.mainroads.wa.gov.au/tcmp
We'll just leave this here then.