Local area traffic management strategies
Local government is designated as the owner or manager of the local road network, but is limited by statute as to the extent of the activities it can control and/or undertake. One method of controlling traffic movement through the City is through the implementation of local area traffic management strategies. The City regularly undertakes Traffic Management Studies to identify traffic and transport issues within specific local areas. These studies provide recommendations and measures to upgrade the safety and efficiency of movements for traffic, public transport, pedestrians and cyclists.
With very few exceptions, an intersection upgrade or the imposition of additional controls is not undertaken without the completion of the Local Area Study. Any alteration to the road network taken in isolation could simply divert the cause of the issue to another location. The State and National Black Spot programs facilitate the exceptions by concentrating on measures that intend to make the intersections safer and reduce known crashes as distinct from treatments that typically result in improved amenity such as the lowering of overall speeds and the reduction in through traffic.
As the City’s population continues to grow, increasing demands and pressures are placed on its road and transport networks. Traffic management strategies assist in improving the urban environment by controlling and improving traffic flow on designated routes and reducing the risk of crashes, through appropriate design of roads and intersections.
Studies undertaken by the City involve extensive community consultation and residents in the study area are invited to provide comment on pedestrian, cycle, public transport and general road safety issues.
Temporary traffic management
The City is also required to take action to control activities on the street that would otherwise disrupt or not allow the free movement of vehicles along that street. The temporary closing of streets, detours around worksites and/or the temporary lowering of speed limits are all powers reserved to the Commissioner of Main Roads, but by delegation have been passed to local government for those streets that form the local road network.
Any person who intends to undertake an activity that will impact on vehicle movements within the street must submit a Traffic Management Plan (TMP) and Traffic Control Diagram (TCD) for authorisation by the City. A small charge is applied to the assessment of traffic management plans received.
Integrated Transport Plan
The City is currently developing a City-wide Integrated Transport Plan to replace the earlier 2006-2016 Plan. An Integrated Transport Plan enables high quality transport decisions to be made by the City that will improve accessibility, amenity, safety and functionality in communities and centres and facilitate more sustainable transport outcomes.
An Integrated Transport Plan is a tool for the comprehensive analysis of existing and future transport system requirements within an area defined by a single local government or a grouping of several jurisdictions that have transport and access issues in common. Typically, a local government will develop an Integrated Transport Plan or transport strategies to correspond with local planning strategies.
An Integrated Transport Plan will usually address the six key transport principles of the Department of Transport's Metropolitan Transport Strategy 1995 -2029 which are:
- Safety - the transport system should be safe for all users;
- Efficiency - the transport system should be provided, operated and used efficiently;
- Effectiveness – the transport system overall should provide effective access and movement for all persons and business;
- Environmental responsibility - the transport system should be provided and used in an environmentally responsible manner;
- Social responsibility - the transport system should provide equitable travel and transport opportunities for residents and businesses; and
- Robustness - the transport system must provide service in the face on ongoing and predictable change and must be able to respond to and take advantage of unpredictable economic, social, technological and other changes.
The Integrated Transport Plan will incorporate Local Area Traffic Management Plans, the Parking Strategy as well as City infrastructure plans, strategies and policies. Further stakeholder engagement will be sought for this process with dates to be confirmed.