Heard a quick snippet on this on a news report the other day, can anyone elaborate or care to comment: Vicroads are proposing to erect concrete barriers to seperate lanes of traffic on the Westgate Freeway (I think) to prevent merging/changing lanes. Traffic will be forced to choose their lane early to have access to the exit they want. What a F*CKING brilliant idea! Is that not the simplest and most straightforwardly obvious way to reduce congestion that anyone has ever heard of? That's right - it's aimed not at preventing collisions due to lane changing, but reducing congestion by 'streamlining' traffic flow! Genius! Never mind that: In the case of an accident there will be no way for ambulance or tow-trucks to access the scene and following traffic will have absolutely nowhere to go to avoid the accident Following traffic will have no way of getting around an accident until it's cleared (ie never - see point above) If you pick the wrong lane or change your mind for whatever reason you have no way of correcting The space taken up by the barriers will necessarily mean at least one less lane is available for traffic Possibly minor incidents (especially involving riders) could become more serious if the rider is forced into a barrier and from there rebounds under a car The list goes on. What are these people thinking? Are there no contingency studies done on these absurd proposals? It doesn't even provide a solution to the problem it is meant to alleviate, and presents numerous other and more serious consequences. The only thing I can think of that comes close to this is the spaghetti road engineering that is just each side of the Harbour Bridge in Sydney - and if you've ever been in peak hour traffic in that area you will understand what a pea-brained proposal this is. My question is why haven't VicRoads looked at this example before they even announced this? Of course the next step is to reduce the costs of the barriers and the damage to cars by installing wire-rope fences between every lane. Wouldn't that be a fun road to ride down?