LATMS 17 evaluation

Council regularly reviews the effectiveness of its traffic management studies.

An evaluation of LATMS 17, in the area bounded by Swan Street, Church Street, Bridge Road and Punt Road in Richmond, was conducted 12 months after traffic treatments in the area were implemented.   

Findings from the evaluation reveal that treatments implemented in 2013 have delivered a number of positive outcomes.

Since traffic treatments were implemented, vehicle speeds decreased on a number of local roads, including Lennox Street (between Bridge Road and Goodwood Street), Richmond Terrace (between Lennox Street and Carroll Street) and Stanley Street (between Swan Street and Gipps Street).

In Alfred Street, there was a 50% decrease in the number of vehicles illegally travelling northbound against the one-way.

In July 2014, the intersection of Docker Street and Richmond Terrace was closed to create a new park. This resulted in traffic travelling down other local streets, which increased traffic on a number of these streets.

Where traffic has increased, the volumes are still considered to be within an acceptable range for residential streets. 

An evaluation of this specific area showed:

  • Traffic volumes in Waverley Street have increased.  The average daily traffic volume in Waverley Street has increased from 127 vehicles per day to 353 vehicles per day.
  • That Clifton Street experienced a 90% increase in southbound traffic while Dando Street had a 25% increase.
  • Dando Street experienced a 3.9% increase of heavy vehicle traffic.
  • Peak hour traffic volumes increased by 4.3% in Clifton Street.
  • Overall, westbound traffic on Richmond Terrace reduced by 27%.
  • Eastbound daily traffic volumes on Richmond Terrace reduced by 7%.

Other findings:

  • Peak hour traffic volumes in Rowena Parade (between Lennox Street and The Vaucluse) increased from 1.8% to 14.4% of the daily traffic volume. This is likely due to traffic travelling directly to St Kevin’s College and St Ignatius Church.
  • There is an average increase of 14 vehicles per hour travelling northbound down Waltham Street in the AM peak. This may be due to a left turn ban being introduced in 2013 on Lennox Street, which restricts northbound traffic turning left into Bridge Road from 7-9.15am.

Further information
Matthew Veale
Senior Project Engineer
9205 5731
Matthew.Veale@yarracity.vic.gov.au

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