22 July 2014
GROWING congestion is making most drivers in the City of Whittlesea see red, a survey has revealed.
The Redspot survey, conducted every two years, found 82 per cent of people in Whittlesea were frustrated with redspots.
Conducted over seven weeks in partnership with RACV and Leader Community Newspapers, road users were asked to nominate areas of congestion and the most nominated locations were the top 10 redspots.
In Whittlesea the top qualms were through traffic congestion and long queues, with the roundabout at the intersection of Epping Rd and Findon Rd in Epping and the intersection at Childs Rd and Plenty Rd in Mill Park frustrating the most people.
Both locations had more than 80 per cent of commuters frustrated, especially during morning and afternoon peak, late morning and school pick-up. RACV Manager Roads and Traffic Dave Jones said road users remained frustrated that many of the same spots were featuring in the survey year after year.
He said the community needed to see more action to reduce congestion. Mr Jones said road congestion in Melbourne currently costs the economy $3 billion per year and was set to rise to $6 billion by 2020.
“The recent State Government and Opposition road and transport infrastructure announcements are to be commended but we need a long-term ongoing funded program of works to reduce congestion,’’ he said.