Kings Way is one of Melbourne's long-term inner-city traffic routes. Each day it is used by around 100,000 cars and trucks. It connects the bayside and south-eastern suburbs via Dandenong Road and St Kilda Road to the Melbourne CBD and the West Gate Freeway (M1). In peak hour, traffic crawls through this section of road at an average of 18km/h, well below the posted speed limit.
The Melbourne Metro project works are having a major impact on Kings Way. The road is one of the key routes in the vicinity of the new Anzac Station so it must take extra traffic that is being diverted away from construction activities along St Kilda Road. Works to improve traffic capacity along Kings Way have been underway since 2017, but the Redspot Survey shows that more needs to be done during the lengthy Metro construction phase.
In the longer term, Metro Tunnel will likely lead to a reconfiguration of the tram network in inner Melbourne, with more trams along Kings Way and the parallel Clarendon/Spencer Street route.
What RACV wants:
- The State Government to commit to additional improvements along Kings Way, Canterbury Road and other parallel roads to better manage increased traffic during Metro Tunnel construction. Options that have been put forward include better camera surveillance, turn bans, lane management along Queens Road and investigating what can be done to reduce delays at the intersection of King Street and Flinders Street.
- Transport for Victoria to investigate changes to the tram network at completion of the Melbourne Metro project to provide more frequent public transport options for access to the western end of the Melbourne CBD, for people living and working in South Melbourne, and connecting to Melbourne Metro at Anzac Station.
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