Traffic Conditions on Victorian Roads - Projections for the Future

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  • (1888PressRelease) December 07, 2016 - As urban Melbourne continues to struggle with increased traffic congestion, experts will convene at the 9th Annual Victorian Transport Infrastructure Conference 2017 to discuss solutions for combatting overcrowded city conditions.

    Discussion will centre on the potential implementation of Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems (C-ITS) that could see traffic lights communicate with vehicles to address congestion, shorter travel times while connected cars could help drivers reach their location faster and alert emergency services in the event of an accident. Australian vehicles could see C-ITS technology installed within the next few years.

    Another possible solution includes a proposed congestion tax that would, following in the footsteps of cities that have grappled with congestion issues such as London and Stockholm, see motorists charged for road use in the inner city, based on zoned areas. The idea, proposed by Infrastructure Victoria, has been opposed by the Victorian Premiere but may still be in the cards in the distant future.

    Experts will debate whether evolving transport technologies can truly help alleviate traffic conditions on Melbourne roads.
    The Victorian Transport Infrastructure Conference will host a panel discussion comprising Brian Negus, General Manager - Public Policy, RACV, Chris Koniditsiotis, Chief Executive Officier, Transport Certification Australia and Majid Sarvi, PhD, Professor in Transport for Smart Cities, Department of Infrastructure Engineering, The University of Melbourne.

    Breaking away from car dependency may be another innovative solution for the state. In light of recent updates by the government to the largest urban renewal plan in Australia, Fishermans Bend, Victoria could see a more sustainable approach to transportation. The proposal aims to achieve the right balance between public and private transport. Upgrades would include new cycle paths, tram lines and an underground rail line. The Government hopes to engineer 80% of transport movement through integrated public transport.

    Located to the south-west of Melbourne's CBD and covering an area of approximately 491 hectares, Fishermans Bend is expected to serve as a key part of an expanded central city. Over the next 35 years, Fishermans Bend is expected to accommodate approximately 80,000 residents and provide 60,000 jobs across five precincts, located across the City of Port Phillip and the City of Melbourne.

    The 2016 recast vision of Fishermans Bend sees the project almost double in size, to now include an additional Employment Precinct which will support jobs and economic development, providing community infrastructure such as schools.

    Geoff Ward, General Manager of Fishermans Bend Taskforce, Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning will discuss the project in greater detail at the Victorian Transport Infrastructure Conference.

    The 9th Annual Victoria Transport Infrastructure Conference 2017 will convene on the 21st and 22nd of March 2017 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre with an Opening Address from the Hon. Jacinta Allan, Minister for Public Transport.

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