A driving network is an integrated, cohesive set of roads and streets, enabling people to drive to any destination in Yarra. We already have this network, but its usability is under threat from congestion and gridlock.
Our driving network delivers the following benefits:
- Enables residents to access homes, shops and work,
- Enables police, ambulance and emergency services to access all properties, and
- Enables deliveries to all properties.
Preferred traffic routes
VicRoads manages our driving network, including designating some parts as preferred traffic routes, few of which are in Yarra. Other parts of our network are prioritised to build wealth (shopping streets) or provide access (residential streets).
The problem is that congestion is increasing and gridlock is approaching. The KPMG Melbourne Activity Based Model (referenced by Infrastructure Victoria) showed back in 2015 that some streets were already at capacity. Our population is increasing and gridlock is likely on many streets before 2030. Gridlock would destroy the usability of our driving network, and would be a disastrous outcome for residents and businesses.
The solution is to offer alternatives – footpath, bicycle and public transport networks – so that people who are willing to ‘have a go’ with other modes are able to, thus freeing up space on our driving network for those who need to drive. In other words, investing in walking, cycling and public transport will help make Yarra better for drivers.
Speed limits vary across the driving network, and should be adjusted to better align with Safe System:
- 80 km/h on the CityLink freeway
- 50-60 km/h on preferred traffic routes
- 40 km/h on shopping streets, where a lot more people are present
- 30 km/h in superblocks, where streets are shared with people walking and cycling
Supporters of our driving network include the Royal Automobile Club of Victoria (RACV):