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Reduce congestion through ‘speed harmonisation’
It is unfortunate that the government is unable to detail peak time traffic flow rates. See Lynn's question and the government's response below.
Extract from Hansard
[COUNCIL — Tuesday, 12 June 2012]
FREEWAYS — CONGESTION REDUCTION
5547. Hon Lynn MacLaren to the Minister for Finance representing the Minister for Transport
(1) Has the Government investigated the potential benefit of electronic speed signs on the freeway to reduce congestion through ‘speed harmonisation’?
(2) Is the Government intending to introduce electronic speed signs to reduce congestion?
(3) If yes to (2), when?
(4) If no to (2), why not?
(5) Has the Government investigated the potential benefit of ramp metres to limit the flow rate on Perth freeways to around 1750 or 1800 cars per lane per hour?
(6) Is the Government intending to introduce ramp metres to reduce congestion?
(7) If yes to (6), when?
(8) If no to (6), why not?
(9) What is the flow rate during peak times on the —
(a) Kwinana Freeway;
(b) Mitchell Freeway; Roe Highway;
(c) Tonkin Highway; and
(d) Reid Highway?
Hon SIMON O’BRIEN replied:
Main Roads Western Australia advises:
(1)–(8) The Government is investigating the use of Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) technology to deliver better performance from the road network and has publically announced related projects.
(9) (a)–(e) The current peak hour traffic flows on Perth’s Freeways and major Highways can fall to an average of 1,300 vehicles per lane per hour during peak hours.