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New Tech in Werribee for Better Traffic Flow.

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Boosted traffic monitoring technology, more staff on the ground and better coordination of traffic lights across the road network is helping the Department of Transport ensure people in Werribee can get to where they need more smoothly and safely.

Delivered as part of the Smarter Roads Program, the Transport Operations Centre now has improved visibility of the busiest roads in Werribee thanks to the addition of 20 new traffic monitoring cameras, bringing the total to 27, and eight new travel time sensors (12 in total).

The new Congestion Management Team is using the cameras to actively monitor roads and respond more quickly to disruptions and bottlenecks as they happen.

Through the traffic light optimisation program, the expanded team of signal engineers is also using the additional technology to identify the needs of the network and improve journeys for motorists and safety for pedestrians.

As part of the biggest review of traffic lights in Melbourne’s history, through 2021, signal engineers analysed and recalibrated traffic lights at 30 key intersections along some of Werribee’s busiest roads, including Synnot Street, Duncans Road and Sneydes Road.

The objective of re-calibrating traffic lights is to share the green time more fairly between the competing modes and movements. There is also improved synchronisation between sets of traffic lights along these corridors to reduce the amount of stop-start travel for drivers.

In addition, traffic light enhancements have improved crossing times for pedestrians by triggering the green crossing time based on demand rather than a fixed time frame.

At Duncans Road,  new pedestrian detectors have been installed to optimise the light timings for pedestrians when they need it, and improve traffic flow for turning vehicles at the intersection of Duncans Road and Synnot Street. This means pedestrians outside Werribee Secondary College and Werribee Station can cross safely, with the sensors adjusting the crossing time depending on the number of people waiting to cross.

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Another five pedestrian detectors are being installed at intersections across Werribee, and these will be operational by mid-July 2022.

More live traffic data is also being given to drivers so they can better plan their journey via two new live roadside travel signs on Princes Hwy (near Queens St) and Ballan Road (near Duke St).

Smarter Roads Area Manager for West Melbourne, Avni Chauhan, said this program provides the opportunity for the Department to identify performance gaps and reprioritise movements that are experiencing operational issues, “particularly where there is excess demand from one or more modes of transport”.

“Our traffic signal engineers are analysing, monitoring and re-timing traffic lights in some or Werribee’s busiest intersections to improve safety and optimise traffic flow,” she said.

The optimised intersections are already delivering positive results for motorists and pedestrians.

Synnot Street/Princes Highway

A traffic light review of Synnot Street between Cottrell Street to Derrimut Road has resulted in improved journey times of up to five minutes for motorists travelling west in the afternoon peak and more than one minute in travel time saving for motorists travelling east the morning peak.

Motorists heading west on Watton Street in the afternoon peak are also getting a better run, with heavy vehicles and right turning traffic able to complete their turn into Werribee Street more smoothly.

At the Werribee Street bridge intersection between Cottrell Street and Watton Street, traffic flow has also improved ensuring sufficient road space for turning movements.

The review was completed following the January 2021 removal of the Werribee Street Level Crossing, which meant we could analyse and optimise the subsequent altered traffic conditions.

Ms Chauhan said understanding the impacts of the Level Crossing Removal Project helped inform how the traffic lights were timed and coordinated on Synnot Street and Duncans Road.

“Feedback from the Level Crossing Removal Project means we could maximise the benefits of the traffic light review along Synnot Street and Duncans Road,” she said.

Duncans Road

Engineers reviewed and optimised five sites along Duncans Road, with tangible improvements including:

•         Better connection between Werribee and Werribee South on Duncans Road as a result of improved traffic light synchronisation.

•         Pedestrian safety improvements on Synnot Street/Duncans Road for Werribee Secondary College students due to installation of new Dynamic Pedestrian Detectors at the crossing, which automatically detect larger groups of school students and extend crossing time to provide enough time for them to cross safely. The sensors also reduce the crossing time for smaller groups, reducing the overall impact on traffic flow outside peak school times.

Sneydes Road

 Seven signalised intersections on Sneydes Road between Princes Highway & Lennon Boulevard have also been reviewed and optimised. This work has provided several improvements for motorists, including a 7% improvement in journey times for drivers travelling east in morning peak, and those travelling to the west in afternoon peak enjoyed an 8% journey time reduction.

Pedestrians are also getting increased green time at the intersections at Hoppers Lane and Princess Freeway. 

This is all part of the Smarter Roads program being rolled out across the west, east and southeast of Melbourne, which is working to optimise the experience for all modes of transport on our roads and improve safety for all.