Trends continue for summer quarter KRPR

7 June 2013

Trends continue for summer quarter key roads performance report

Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) today announced the first Key Roads Performance Report for 2013 had shown comparative results to the previous year in the summer travel times across a number of roads in NSW.

The report details average speeds and travel times on 114 key routes across Sydney, Newcastle and Wollongong and has been published quarterly since September 2011. The latest summer quarter report is now available on the RMS website.

“The summer quarter report shows a trend emerging during the holidays where travel times decrease on several routes across Sydney,” a spokesperson said.

“An example is Ryde Road which showed a four minute decrease in travel time in the morning peak from the spring quarter 2012.  This is roughly comparable with the same time last year.

“Similarly, Windsor Road from Parramatta to Castle Hill also shows a seasonal variation with an eight minute decrease in travel time in the morning peak.

“While February saw some slowing of speeds on Military Road, Spit Road and Manly Road, motorists benefitted from an average five minute travel time saving during the quarter, compared with the spring quarter 2012.

“Increases in travel speeds were seen on Victoria Road between Parramatta and Hunters Hill saving motorists seven minutes in the afternoon peak compared with the spring quarter 2012. 

“The M2 showed travel time savings between December and February of between three and four minutes on individual sections reflecting the removal of some work zones as part of the M2 upgrade.

“Decreased traffic volumes around Old South Head Road coincided with a travel time saving of six minutes from the spring quarter 2012. Similar decreases in traffic volumes and improvements in travel times were also experienced between summer 2012 and summer 2013.

“While the F3 performance in the spring quarter 2012 was notably lower, the summer quarter has seen improvements in the average morning speeds, bringing travel times back in line with performance since September 2011.

“Although traffic volumes have increased on the southern section of the Freeway, new turning lanes on to the Pacific Highway may have ensured travel times remained consistent.

“Motorists commuting during the summer holidays often have the advantage of lower traffic volumes and faster travel times and this experience is reflected in the summer quarter 2013 report.

“Variations of four minutes in the afternoon on the M5 and M5 East route and three minutes on the M4 Motorway from Clyde to Eastern Creek in the morning peak are within the range of variation seen on these routes during previous quarters and equate to changes in average speed of 5km/h and 3km/h,” the spokesperson said.

Road AM/PM Quarterly Comparison (Spring quarter 2012 to Summer quarter 2013) Annual Comparison (Summer quarter 2012 to Summer quarter 2013)
M4 Motorway (Clyde to Eastern Creek) AM 3 min decrease in travel time 3 min decrease in travel time
Military Rd, Spit Rd and Manly Rd AM 5 min decrease in travel time No change
Old South Head Road AM 6 min decrease in travel time 6 min decrease in travel time
F3 Freeway (Beresfield to Wahroonga) AM 5 min decrease in travel time No change
F3 Freeway (Kariong to Wahroonga) AM 4 min decrease in travel time 1 min decrease in travel time
F3 Freeway (Morisset to Wahroonga) AM 5 min decrease in travel time 1 min decrease in travel time
M2 Motorway (Seven Hills to Northmead) AM 4 min decrease in travel time 4 min decrease in travel time
M2 Motorway (Northmead to Carlingford) AM 3 min decrease in travel time 2 min decrease in travel time
M2 Motorway (Carlingford to North Ryde) AM 3 min decrease in travel time 3 min decrease in travel time
Windsor Road (Parramatta to Castle Hill) AM 8 min decrease in travel time 1 min decrease in travel time
Ryde Road AM 4 min decrease in travel time 1 min decrease in travel time
M5 and M5 East PM 4 min decrease in travel time 3 min decrease in travel time
Pacific Highway (Wahroonga to Pymble) PM 3 min decrease in travel time 1 min decrease in travel time
Victoria Road (Parramatta to Hunters Hill) PM 7 min decrease in travel time No change

The full report can be found at www.rms.nsw.gov.au

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