Traffic Management Plan: Does Perth Measure Up?
Let’s face it – nobody likes being caught up in traffic during rush hour and when all that can be seen ahead is an endless line of brake lights, it may seem like there will never be a solution. However, cities all around the world have come up with an innovative traffic management plan, and perhaps Perth could learn a little from them! Below, WARP explores these different solutions and gives an insight into how to fix the peak hour rush!
Innovative Examples of a Traffic Management Plan
Stockholm: Electronic Road Pricing
Over in Sweden, Stockholm uses electronic road pricing schemes to charge motorists for entering their city during the peak hours of the day, the only exemptions being for public transport and environmentally friendly vehicles. This reduced traffic by 25% in the first two years!
Barcelona: Dynamic Traffic Forecasting
Barcelona use various sensors at parking spots and live video feeds to provide the city with real-time data on the availability of parking. This stops the number of cars driving around the city searching for a parking spot and causing congestion.
London: Electronic Journey Planner
London’s online journey planner provides users with real-time advice on the most preferable route to take and includes multiple modes of transport. A number of operators share this information to the public with the main goal of reducing vehicles on the road.
Hong Kong: Public Light Bus
Public light buses in Hong Kong, service areas that are hard to reach and respond to market demands. It was created in response to members of the public choosing to drive because public transport didn’t cover the “last mile”.
Hangzhou: Public Cycling System
This system in China encourages bike-sharing and has 67,000 public bikes available throughout the city. It is easy to use and convenient for riders, hence its popularity. It dramatically lowers the number of vehicles on the road in the city and is well received due to the health benefits it boasts.
UK: Active Traffic Management
This system uses Variable Message Signs to change the speed and usage for the lane. Speed limits can be reduced, increased and new lanes created. It also alerts motorists about any congestion or accidents ahead so they can choose to take a different route, which reduces congestion in these areas.
Is an Adaptive Traffic Control System the Best Solution?
Other cities in Australia, such as Sydney, use an Adaptive Traffic Control System (ACTS) in response to their congestion issues. This traffic management plan optimises the timing and length of traffic light signals to minimise stop times, delays and, most importantly, congestion. ATCSs reduce travel times and the number of stops while increasing the average speed of vehicles during peak hours.
This leaves many different options for easing congestion, and it’ll be a case of discovering which is the best system for Perth to adopt moving in the future. WARP Group hope to be able to help in the meantime, by easing congestion for motorists throughout this great city. Contact WARP Group today for more information!