Making it easier to move around on Melbourne's roads

The Victorian Government has announced a $340 million package that makes it easier for people and goods to get around Melbourne with better technology, more specialist staff and stronger enforcement of clearways.

What’s in the package? 

We’re boosting our direct traffic interventions by tasking more response crews and traffic engineers with tackling congestion hotspots, incidents and blockages on the network.

We’ll also be able to give drivers more real-time travel information so they can plan ahead or choose a different route. 

The plan includes: 

  • Rolling out 700 new CCTV cameras in traffic hotspots, so we can identify bottlenecks as soon as they start.
  • Installing over 200 wireless travel time sensors to send live traffic data to our traffic management centre and set up 40 new visual message boards on busy roads to give better information on travel times.
  • Hiring six extra incident response crews and dozens more specialist traffic engineers to keep our roads moving around the clock – creating jobs and reducing delays from unexpected events.
  • Re-sequencing  hundreds of traffic lights and analysing traffic patterns and crash data to maximise traffic flow along some of the busiest routes in the targeted areas.
  • Installing dozens of sensors at pedestrian crossings to improve safety. The sensors detect how many people are waiting so cross time can be extended or cut short to match demand, making roads safer for children, elderly people and everyone else who needs to cross.
  • Introducing new penalties for parking illegally in Clearways and making all Clearways within 20 kilometres of the CBD tow away zones. Read more about the changes to clearway zones across Melbourne.
  • Charging developers for blocking precious lanes on arterial roads during building works. Read more about road occupation charges.

Targeting three traffic hotspots 

We will be blanketing 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.

Why do we need this now?

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has dramatically altered the way Melburnians travel with more people using their cars to get around.

This package of congestion initiatives is designed to keep our roads moving day and night, so that everyone’s journey times are more consistent, delays are shorter when things go wrong, and people have better information at their fingertips to plan ahead.

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