Victoria reviews traffic light timings to boost safety

The timing of traffic lights around Victoria are being adjusted to increase safety and reduce travel times.

Around 400 individual traffic signals are reviewed by traffic engineers yearly to maximise traffic flow at busy intersections.

All traffic patterns and data are analysed to determine which mode of transport should be prioritised. This is focused on the safe and efficient movement of people and goods.

Pedestrians in the CBD will also have a safer journey with increased crossing time at high use intersections, such as the intersection of Bourke and Spencer Streets.

Speeds were improved on the Princes Highway at the South Gippsland freeway exit ramps during peak hour from 40 km/h to 70 km/h. Intersection delays on the highway have also been reduced by around two minutes.

On Westall Road, average travel times were reduced by more than 2 minutes in both the peak between the Princes Highway and Heatherton Road.

Minister for Roads and Minister for Road Safety and the TAC Jaala Pulford said smarter sequencing of traffic lights is delivering real benefits for motorists.

“New road projects are crucial to keep Melbourne moving, but maximizing capacity on our existing road network by improving how traffic lights work is just as important.”

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