Traffic Jam Fixes Put To Premier

The Age

Wednesday January 23, 2008

Stephen Moynihan

BETTER real-time information for motorists on freeways, greater use of clearways and priority for trams and buses are solutions being considered by the State Government to lessen Melbourne's congestion woes.

Premier John Brumby chaired a meeting of transport and business chiefs yesterday to identify short and medium-term solutions to battle growing traffic jams. Participants at the meeting told The Age Mr Brumby was keen to expand the use of clearways on main arterial roads to increase traffic flow. Also under consideration are tougher penalties for motorists who park in clearways and drive in tram and bus lanes.

Improving response times to traffic accidents was also discussed in the meeting, which included representatives from the Victorian Employers Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the RACV and Yarra Trams. The meeting heard calls for upgrades to bike paths and to make it safer to walk near schools.

Earlier, Mr Brumby said Victoria's growing economy was the cause of increasing congestion. -- STEPHEN MOYNIHAN

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