Report claims congestion costs Australia $3.3 billion annually

More than $3 billion worth of time is being lost per year due to traffic in Australia’s busiest cities, according to research conducted by TomTom.
The  TomTom Traffic Index Report has found traffic in Australia’s 10 busiest cities is increasing overall travel times by 25 per cent, on average. This is extending the time commercial drivers spend on the road by an average of 25 minutes per day across Australia’s major metros, costing those businesses in excess of $7.15 per day or $3.37 billion per year, as a result of wasted labour costs.
Christopher Chisman-Duffy, Sales Manager at TomTom Telematics ANZ, says, “Traffic congestion is a fact of life for every driver. As we reveal the latest Traffic Index results, we can see that the problem is not going away.”
“In fact, traffic congestion in Australia has increased by an average of 4 per cent over the last eight years, with Sydney being the most congested city in Australia and the 30th most congested city globally. There is a clear need to overcome the congestion challenge to recapture those lost hours.”
The report has also found morning peak hours (8am-9am) to be the worst time to travel, increasing overall travel times by an average of 42 per cent. This is followed by evening peak hours (5pm-6pm) where travel times increase by 41 per cent.
“Organisations that rely upon a mobile workforce know that success depends upon optimising the time spent doing billable work. Congestion means there is a greater chance the driver will become stuck, wasting billable time, burning fuel, missing targets and potentially disappointing customers,” says Chisman-Duffy.
“Telematics solutions can help businesses to overcome these issues, as they help keep your mobile teams out of traffic jams. Not only can they help to ensure drivers receive the best route, based on anticipated congestion spots and collected data from other devices, they can also enable the back office to better plan around congestion. By providing a platform that monitors potential traffic problems, fleet managers and planners can operate a smart scheduling and dispatch service, using the best placed driver for each job, every time.” concludes Chisman-Duffy.
Australia’s Top 10 Most Congested Cities in 2015

City Congestion Level Extra Travel Per Year (Hours) Cost per vehicle per day No. of Commercial Vehicles Cost to Business
Sydney 36% 151 $11.24 375,669 $980.79M
Melbourne 29% 120 $8.93 420,025 $871.47M
Hobart 29% 109 $8.36 37,364 $70.42M
Perth 27% 102 $7.78 281,340 $496.17M
Adelaide 25% 93 $6.92 128,482 $206.60M
Brisbane 25% 100 $7.49 336,412 $581.66M
Gold Coast 23% 81 $6.05 72,035 $100.88M
Newcastle 21% 79 $5.76 16,866 $23.04M
Canberra 17% 70 $5.19 31,502 $38.13M
Wollongong 15% 49 $3.75 2,518 $2.13M
Australian Average 25% 95 $7.15 This is a total figure: $3.37bn

Melbourne’s Dynon port rail link moves forward

Beams being lifted into place for the last bridge span across Appleton Dock Road
With the first stage of the Dynon port rail link project completed, the outbound lanes of the new Footscary Road overpass will open to traffic this weekend.
Victorian roads and ports minister Tim Pallas announced the level crossing on Appleton Dock Road will be removed when the newly constructed overpass is opened to traffic.
The project is to separate road and rail access to the Port of Melbourne, reducing congestion on Footscary Road and enhancing safety at a major road and rail bottleneck.
“Currently the Port’s only rail access is via a single dual-gauge track crossing Footscray Road. This project will see the existing rail line relocated and replaced with two new dual gauge rail lines into the Port of Melbourne from the Dynon terminal precinct,” Mr Pallas said.

“The extra rail capacity and traffic overpass will increase the amount of freight that can be carried directly to the port, helping to secure Melbourne’s position as the largest and most efficient container port in Australia.”

Mr Pallas said with the Channel Deepening Project progressing well, it was essential that the appropriate landside infrastructure was in place to support freight movement.

“Work will now commence on stage two of the Dynon port rail link project, which will involve construction of the new city-bound bridge on Footscray Road,” he said.

The city-bound bridge is expected to be opened to traffic in early 2009.


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