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A slow drive to work? You're not alone - The Age

Discussion in 'The Pub' at netrider.net.au started by Sir Ride Alot, Oct 12, 2012.

  1. A slow drive to work? You're not alone
    Date October 12, 2012 - 1:15PM

    Drivers who thought it took longer to get to work this morning than it did at the same time last year are almost certainly right.

    Melbourne’s travel times have risen by 1 per cent a year since 2001-2002, a VicRoads annual report 2011-2012 claims.

    The report looks at how long a ‘‘dream run’’ sitting on the speed limit takes in a journey and calculates the seconds of delay caused by traffic congestion and lights. It found the morning peak had nearly 50 seconds per kilometre in delays.

    The afternoon peak fared a little better than last year’s figures, taking 42 seconds longer per kilometre. But the journey time home has risen faster, increasing by 2 per cent per year in the past decade.

    Dave Jones, RACV manager of roads and traffic, said the figures showed congestion was increasing, although there had been a slight drop two years ago.

    ‘‘Our concern is that the predictions are that the cost of congestion is going to double,’’ Mr Jones said.

    Estimates suggest that the cost of congestion to Victoria will rise from $3 billion to $6 billion by 2020.

    ‘‘Melbourne needs to be investing in public transport and roads which will benefit roads users,’’ Mr Jones said.

    RMIT transport expert John Odgers called for the state government to assess new road projects against the cost-benefit of new public transport spending in an area.

    The average Melbourne motorist travels 14.8 kilometres to work, according 2006 Australian Bureau of Statistics data.

  2. So Vicroads spends a small fortune trying to convince everyone to drive below the speed limit - then conducts a study on travel times based on sitting on the limit.

    I wonder which is the bigger waste of public money.
  3. Just grasping at straws here SRA: the best way to combat this would be to drasticly curb immigration?
  4. just move all the government jobs to regional centres
  5. There is no BIGGER waste.........in simple terms - it is all a waste.......](*,)

    I'm sure you're aware that all "business as usual - BAU" vicroads maintenance for 2013 has been essentially cancelled.......now THAT would not be a waste at all
  6. Agreed. Though I do wonder if they took into account all the roads they've reduced the speed limit on in the last 10 years before blaming congestion as the sole reason why travel times might have increased.
  7. I bet that 30 seconds extra is really taking the quality of life (that they had last year) out of the day.