2014 RACV Redspot Survey
The 2014 RACV Redspot survey, run in conjunction with Leader Community Newspapers, asked all road users to nominate areas of congestion on Victoria’s road network. We heard from drivers, bicycle riders, public transport users and pedestrians about the locations that frustrated them as they went about their daily travel.
The survey, held every two years, provides a chance for the public to be heard. The results of the survey are shared with VicRoads, Public Transport Victoria and councils so they are aware of the issues and they can be fixed. Over the last two decades, the survey has proven effective. For example, over $800 million has been spent or committed to fixing locations nominated in the 2012 Redspot Survey.
The results of the 2012 survey were strongly focussed on level crossings, with six of the Top 10 locations being either at or near level crossings. The 2014 results show a shift away from level crossings, with four level crossing locations in the Top 10. This change reflects the success of past Redspot Surveys in drawing attention to the problem, resulting in recent announcements from Government and the Opposition to have many of them removed.
This year’s Top 10 locations are spread across Melbourne, reiterating that congestion affects many of us on a daily basis. More than 75 per cent of the survey respondents told us that congestion made them ‘frustrated’. The results of the survey have been analysed by RACV and recommendations have been made to address each of the top 10 locations. The results for the 2014 survey are available here.