Traffic engineering

The following documents and drawings provide traffic management guidance to practitioners involved in traffic engineering, road design and road safety. In this section you’ll find information relating to road signs, traffic control, managed freeways and public transport.

The Traffic Engineering Manual Volume 1 – VicRoads Supplements to Austroads Guide to Traffic Management provides guidance to practitioners in relation to infrastructure used to manage road users on roads managed by VicRoads. Councils are welcome to adopt such guidance for the management of municipal roads.

VicRoads and all other State Road Authorities are working towards greater consistency in how road networks are managed across Australia.   In order to achieve this, the Austroads Guide to Traffic Management and Australian Standards relating to traffic management have been adopted to assist in providing consistency and harmonisation across all jurisdictions.  This agreement means that these Austroads Guides and Australian Standards are the primary technical references.

All supplements must be read in conjunction with the national Austroads and Australian Standards documents.

The Traffic Engineering Manual Volume 2 – VicRoads Supplements provides guidance to practitioners in relation to infrastructure used to manage road users on roads managed by VicRoads. Councils are welcome to adopt such guidance for the management of municipal roads.

VicRoads and all other State Road Authorities are working towards greater consistency in how road networks are managed across Australia.   In order to achieve this, the Austroads Guide to Traffic Management and Australian Standards relating to traffic management have been adopted to assist in providing consistency and harmonisation across all jurisdictions.  This agreement means that these Austroads Guides and Australian Standards are the primary technical references.

All supplements must be read in conjunction with the national Austroads and Australian Standards documents.

The Traffic Engineering Manual Volume 3 – VicRoads Supplements provides guidance to practitioners in relation to infrastructure used to manage road users on roads managed by VicRoads. Councils are welcome to adopt such guidance for the management of municipal roads.

VicRoads and all other State Road Authorities are working towards greater consistency in how road networks are managed across Australia.   In order to achieve this, the Austroads Guide to Traffic Management and Australian Standards relating to traffic management have been adopted to assist in providing consistency and harmonisation across all jurisdictions.  This agreement means that these Austroads Guides and Australian Standards are the primary technical references.

All supplements must be read in conjunction with the national Austroads and Australian Standards documents.

The Managed Motorway Manuals are a series of documents, issued by VicRoads to provide guidance for the selection and design of traffic management treatments for motorway flow management. 

Managed Motorway Framework

This Framework provides the rationale and supporting evidence behind the active management of Victoria's motorway (also referred to as freeway) network.

Managed Motorway Framework - March 2017 [PDF 21 Mb]

Managed Motorway Design Guide

The Managed Motorway Design Guide provides guidance and rationale to practitioners in relation to the infrastructure, tools and systems used to facilitate and manage operations on motorways in Victoria. The guidance applies to all motorways (freeways and tollways) whether managed by VicRoads or private road operators.

The Managed Motorway Design Guide outlines the approach used by VicRoads to manage traffic operations on motorways, particularly in urban areas, in a manner that targets optimised flows, sustained productivity and safe operating outcomes. The science and evidence underpinning the VicRoads approach is presented to assist practitioners and decision makers in identifying scope requirements for new and upgraded Managed Motorways. The provision of infrastructure and tools outlined in the guide provides motorway operators with the ability to effectively manage regular and unexpected traffic conditions across a managed network of urban motorways.

Volume 1 – Managed Motorways – Role, Traffic Theory and Science

  • Part 1 – Introduction to Managing Urban Motorways
  • Part 2 – Traffic Theory Relating to Urban Motorways
  • Part 3 – Motorway Capacity Guide [PDF 4.8 Mb]
  • Part 4 – Road Safety on Urban Motorways
  • Part 5 – Linking Investment and Benefits Approach

Volume 2 – Managed Motorways Design Practice

We will continue to add each document for download as they become available. 

Standard drawings for Managed Motorway and Freeway Ramp Signals can be found in VicRoads standard drawings for roadworks.

Motorway Design Volume Guide

The Motorway Design Volume Guide has been reviewed and forms part of the Managed Motorway Design Guide. The guide can be found in Volume 1, Part 3 – Motorway Capacity Guide.

The Motorway Capacity Guide provides guidance on the Maximum Sustainable Flow Rates for motorways within large metropolitan cities with very high traffic demands spread over extended peak periods which usually lead to regular occurrence of congestion. These rates should be used as design volumes for future motorway projects. 

Freeway Ramp Signal Handbook

The Freeway Ramp Signal Handbook has been revised and updated to form part of the Managed Motorway Design Guide, Volume 2, Parts 2 and 3.

The Managed Motorway Design Guide provides new planning and design information for mainline carriageway design that incorporates the managed motorway approach, entry ramp traffic signals for arterial road and motorway to motorway ramps, an overview of the coordinated ramp signals system, the introduction of new operational tools for managing exit ramps and guidance for the provision of supporting infrastructure and systems.

The guide standardises ramp signals design to ensure that drivers experience consistent and clear guidance, and that ramp signals are effective in controlling entry ramp traffic.

Managed Freeway Handbook for Lane Use Management, Variable Speed Limits and Traveller Information

The Managed Freeway Handbook for Lane Use Management, Variable Speed Limits and Traveller Information is VicRoads primary reference for planning, designing and operating lane use and incident management, variable speed limits and traveller information tools on freeways.
This Handbook provides principles and standards for:
  • lane use and incident management
  • variable speed limits
  • traveller information tools.
The tools documented in this handbook assist in improving safety and operation, and keeping motorists informed about travelling conditions. They are particularly beneficial in relation to managing:
  • incidents and other events
  • roadworks
  • periods of congestion.

The tools combine with access control using coordinated freeway ramp signals to manage freeway flow and achieve high levels of safety, efficiency and reliability. In the interests of uniformity, other Victorian road authorities are encouraged to apply the requirements of this handbook to freeways/tollways under their control.

Managed Freeway Guidelines

The Managed Freeway Guidelines have been superseded by Volume 2, Part 1 of the Managed Motorway Design Guide [PDF 3.2 Mb]


VicRoads has developed guidelines for planning and operating public transport on roads. The guidelines are designed to help VicRoads and other organisations that provide for public transport to integrate the needs of public transport into their day-to-day work.

Bus stop guidelines


Bus stops are an important part of the public transport network, providing services for both passengers and vehicles. The Bus Stop Guidelines take into consideration the passenger waiting areas and the bus stopping areas, with particular reference to DDA compliance and the passenger facilities which should be incorporated. VicRoads Supplement to AGRD Part 4 - Intersection and crossings - General [PDF 833 Kb] provides guidance in the development of new and upgraded bus stops on the network.

Shoulder bus stop guidelines


Bus stops found in urban and rural areas have different criteria than those found in metropolitan Melbourne. The Shoulder Bus Stop guidelines are intended to provide information on the design and intended operation of both passenger waiting and bus stopping areas for buses.
Shoulder Bus Stop Guidelines [PDF 254 Kb]

Tram priority guidelines


Providing priority for trams is an important way of managing congestion on the roads by increasing the attractiveness of tram services. The travel time and reliability of tram services can be improved by providing trams with road space clear of other vehicles, increased traffic signal time and priority and by a range of other traffic management measures.
VicRoads is currently reviewing the Tram Priority Guidelines.

Tram stops design


To meet road design needs for the construction of platform tram stops in medians and safety zones, Road Design Notes are provided.

Road Design Notes 03-02 - Accessible tram stops in medians [PDF 471 Kb]
Road Design Note 03-03 - Accessible tram stops in safety zones [PDF 401 Kb]

Taxi rank guidelines


VicRoads has released a set of guidelines for the installation and development of taxi ranks which tackle issues such as taxi rank location, pedestrian facilities and DDA compliance, and the needs of the vehicles.

The prime purpose of tourist signing is to give visitors direction or guidance to tourist attractions and accommodation. Although standard tourist signs provide some promotional benefits to tourism businesses, this is not their primary role.

Tourist signs with names

The Tourist Signing Guidelines aim to:
  • provide quality signs to assist tourists with finding attractions, accommodation and visitor information centres
  • provide signs that are of a high standard - simple, clear and readable
  • restrict the number of signs at one location to ensure readability and avoid driver distraction
  • reduce roadside clutter and visual pollution created by uncontrolled and inappropriate signs
  • provide consistent application and administration of tourist signing across the State.

Principles for signing to tourist attractions and accommodation

  • The purpose of the sign is not for advertising the business. Although tourist signs have some promotional role, the primary role is to assist navigation.
  • Signing is provided to genuine tourist attractions and accommodation services.
  • Promotional pictorial signs are provided as part of a statewide tourism signing strategy.
  • Generally, signs are provided from the nearest arterial road, as long as this is no more than 10 km from the establishment in rural areas or 2 km from the establishment in urban areas.
  • The number of tourist destinations on signs facing a driver approaching an intersection from one direction is limited to three.
  • How to apply for a sign permit?Applications seeking approval to place tourist or services signs within a road reserve should be lodged with the officer in charge of tourist signing at the relevant Municipal Council.

Application forms for tourist attractions, accommodation and services signs are available below.

Information for tourism businesses. 

The brochure below provides the following advice to the operators/owners of tourism businesses in Victoria:

  • whether the business is eligible for tourist signs
  • if so, where can the signs be placed
  • how an application can be made, and
  • who pays for the sign manufacture and installation.
The purpose of this brochure is to explain the principles for providing signs to individual tourist attractions and accommodation establishments. The brochure supplements the Tourist Signing Guidelines which provide further detail.

Wine tourism signing guidelines. 

Wine tourism is one of Victorian’s core tourism strengths. There are now over 460 wineries in Victoria, with many offering cellar door sales.

These guidelines have been prepared to ensure a consistent and integrated approach to wineries and wine region signing throughout the State of Victoria. The guidelines fall within the provisions of the Tourist Signing Guidelines, VicRoads Traffic Engineering Manual Volume. 2: Signs and Markings and the Australian Standard AS 1742.6.

Applications for wine region gateway and reassurance signing should be made in writing to the relevant VicRoads regional office. Applications should address the key selection criteria as identified in these guidelines, including supporting documentation. If deemed eligible, the extent and location of signing for the wine region will be determined by VicRoads and Tourism Victoria.

Transport modelling plays an important role at different design and assessment stages of transport projects. A range of modelling tools are used to evaluate road network performance and to plan for the future development of transport infrastructure.

Transport modelling guidelines

The Transport Modelling Guidelines provide direction to practitioners on modelling activities and requirements to ensure a successful outcome for the transport network. 

The guidelines aim to better define expectations on the reporting of modelling activities, and on developing an evidence-based decision making process for identifying and evaluating proposed network changes for delivery within Melbourne and Victoria.

We will continue to add each document for download as they become available.

 

View the Manual for Traffic Control at Stock Crossings [PDF 1.9Mb]

Stock crossing information

The information below provides guidance on the application and assessment process for the installation of Stock Crossing signs on roads throughout Victoria.

Applying for a Stock crossing permit

  1. Need to determine who the Coordinating Road Authority is. Will the proposed stock crossing be located on an arterial road? Use Maps of Declared Roads to find out what type of road you are proposing to cross stock on.
  2. If the proposed Stock Crossing will be located on a MUNICIPAL road discuss your application with the relevant municipal Council signing officer.
  3. If the proposed Stock Crossing will be located on an ARTERIAL road discuss your application with the relevant VicRoads officer detailed in the table below.
  4. For Stock Crossings located on an ARTERIAL Road complete the Application for a Stock Crossing Permit & Consent for Works on a Road form [PDF 538 Kb]
  5. Lodge your form with the signing officer at the relevant VicRoads office 

VicRoads will, within 21 days, notify you whether:

  • the application has been approved, including the reasoning for any conditions;
  • the application has been rejected, including why;
  • the application has been referred to other authorities for consideration; or
  • additional information is required.

This Flowchart will assist you in further understanding the process involved in applying for a Stock Crossing permit.

View an example of what the Stock Control permit and Consent for Works on a Road [PDF 1 Mb] looks like.

Additional detailed information for Stock Crossings applicants is provided in the document below. This additional information should be read in conjunction with the Manual for Traffic Control at Stock Crossings. 

Additional Information For Stock Crossings Applicants [PDF 107 Kb]



VicRoads region Preferred officer contact details Location & postal address
Metropolitan North
West region
Simon Basic
Manager Traffic & Planning
Call: 9313 1321
Fax: 9313 1175
Email: [email protected] 
VicRoads
Metro North West
499 Ballarat Road
SUNSHINE
Private Bag 4000
SUNSHINE VIC 3020
Metropolitan South
East region
Sameem Moslih
Manager Traffic & Safety
Call: 9881 8718
Fax:  98877590
Email: [email protected] 
VicRoads
Metro South East
12 Lakeside Drive
BURWOOD EAST
Private Bag 4
MOUNT WAVERLEY VIC 3149
Eastern region Richard O’Brien    
Traffic Engineer/Officer
Call: 5172 2661
Fax: 5176 1016
Email: [email protected] 

VicRoads
Eastern Region
120 Kay Street
TRARALGON
PO Box 158
TRARALGON VIC 3844

North Eastern
region
Raelene Stratton
Statutory Planner
Call: 03 5761 1865
Fax: 03 5762 5812
Email: [email protected] 
VicRoads
North Eastern Region
50 - 52 Clarke Street 
BENALLA
PO Box 135
BENALLA VIC 3672
Northern region  Kelly Sanders
Senior Traffic Engineer/Officer
Call: 03 5434 5088
Fax: 03 5434 5003
Email: [email protected] 
VicRoads
Northern Region
53-61Lansell Street
EAST BENDIGO VIC 3550
South Western
region 
Peter Gstrein
Senior Statutory Planning Officer
Call: 03 5561 9214
Fax: 03 5562 9827
Email: [email protected]  
VicRoads
South Western Region
180 Fyans Street
SOUTH GEELONG
PO Box 775
GEELONG VIC 3220
Western region  Chris Dunlop
Manager Planning
Call: 03 5333 8702
Fax: 03 5333 8771
Email: [email protected] 
 
VicRoads
Western Region
88 Learmonth Road
WENDOUREE VIC 3355 

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