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VicRoads: Do we want ‘Gold Coast’ traffic?
PHILLIP Island traffic is growing at one of the
fastest rates in the state and the community must
decide if it wants ‘Gold Coast’ style road duplica-
That’s the message from VicRoads Eastern Re-
gion director Scott Lawrence in a one-on-one in-
terview with the Advertiser.
Mr Lawrence said for the past 15 years traffic
had been increasing on the island at a rate of 3.5
per cent per annum.
“That is strong growth. The state average is
typically around 1.5 to 2 per cent,” Mr Lawrence
He said up to 12,000 vehicles travelled on the
Phillip Island Road each day, which can more
than double in peak tourism season.
While congestion has increased, so too have
safety concerns, with VicRoads’ figures showing
that since 2006 there have been 121 recorded
casualty crashes on the road from Anderson to
In the interview (see this page), Mr Lawrence
acknowledged that driver frustration increased
in summer and there were calls for solutions,
from bridge duplication to lowered speed limits.
He highlighted VicRoads’ proposals to combat
congestion, which include roundabouts at Cape
Woolamai, Back Beach Road and Newhaven.
But, he said, the community needed to be clear
on future planning.
“One of the great features of the island is it has
an island feel. It’s not super-developed like the
Gold Coast,” Mr Lawrence said.
“Do residents want that? If we build multiple
roads onto the island it will impact how the is-
land functions and encourage more development.
“Traffic capacity is something for the commu-
nity to say. If you want a fully developed, busy
island, the government will listen to that.
“In 20 to 30 years’ time, maybe duplication will
“It’s about what the community wants for the
Q. What do you say to all those locals and
visitors stuck in summer traffic snarls?
A. I have family on the island and sympathise
and understand the challenges drivers face at
this time. No one likes to be stuck in traffic.
We encourage people to leave time to get there
and take regular breaks along the way, travel
outside the peak times, check the VicRoads app
and Google maps for any traffic delays and spend
more time, not just a day trip, but overnight.
We’ve still got a lot of people taking day trips.
We are progressing the three projects which
will make it easier and better for people to get on
and off the island. Then we will plan what next.
We are listening to the community and we will
need the support of the community to know what
our future priorities are.
Q. What is the solution when an accident
blocks entry or exit from the island?
A. I understand what creates the frustration
and fortunately these occurrences aren’t fre-
quent. Accidents occur right through the road
network and we have a role to play to keep traffic
One of the great features of the island is it has
an island feel. It’s not super-developed like the
Gold Coast or Sunshine Coast. But do residents
want that? If we build multiple roads onto the is-
land it will impact how the island functions and
encourage more development. You won’t have the
pristine beaches and nature parks if you over-
Q. What is the current growth trend for traf-
A. For the past 15 years traffic has been in-
creasing on the island at 3.5 per cent per annum.
That is strong growth. The state average is typi-
cally around 1.5 to 2 per cent.
What is driving this growth is the expansion in
the south-eastern suburbs. People say ‘what are
we going to do this weekend’ and visit the island
for the day.
Q. The Phillip Island and San Remo Visitor
Economy Strategy 2035, released in 2016 by
the Bass Coast Shire, recommends:
...“The region adopts an optimum capacity of
24,500 visitors per day for planning future in-
frastructure demand threshold (including road
infrastructure)”. The strategy also said the bridge
has a carrying capacity of 1500 vehicles per hour
and “is a natural bottleneck for traffic”, but “ex-
tending the width of the bridge to increase capac-
ity is not seen as a practical or cost-effective solu-
tion”... Do you agree with the bridge statement?
A. I would never say the bridge will never be
widened. I’m not going to say what happens in
100 years’ time. I wouldn’t be serving the com-
munity by ruling things out.
But there is a misconception that the bridge
leading on and off the island is the cause of traffic
congestion in busy periods. Traffic modelling has
shown the traffic starts queuing at Boys Home
Road where traffic has to slow down to manoeu-
vre the existing roundabout.
Q. Do you agree with the need to cap capac-
ity at 24,500 visitors?
A. We certainly believe there’s capacity in the
road network. There are pinch points and that’s
why we are focusing on those next three major
projects, in order to keep traffic flowing. We need
to be making better use of what we’ve got by en-
couraging people to travel at different times, en-
courage buses and bikes.
Traffic capacity is something for the commu-
nity to say. If you want a fully developed, busy
island, the government will listen to that. Do we
need over-taking lanes, more right turns, chang-
ing the speed limit, duplicating large lengths?
These are long-term options.
In 20 to 30 years’ time maybe duplication will
It’s about what the community wants for the
Q. What are the big issues facing Phillip Is-
land and San Remo with regards to traffic?
A. In 2014 we conducted the Phillip Island Inte-
grated Transport Study with the shire which set
out community priorities.
From the study our plans include dual lane
roundabouts at the intersections of Woolamai
Beach Road, Back Beach Road, Boys Home Road
and Forrest Avenue as well as a new service lane
The roundabouts at Woolamai Beach and Back
Beach roads are widely supported and we have
had feedback from Newhaven residents – land
owners and businesses affected by the changes
have the greatest concerns.
By the start of 2017 we will present the busi-
ness case to the State Government for their May
budget and presuming we get the funding it will
take nine to 12 months, at least, to rollout these
plans, including the details of the compulsory ac-
quisition of Newhaven land.
We are continuing to talk to the landowners
and details are firming at this point.
Q. Are you considering reducing speed lim-
its across the whole island?
A. We don’t hear a lot of people calling for lower
speed limits on the island. We need to understand
what are the challenges on the island, where are
the queues, the delays and road safety issues.
Certainly dropping the speed limit there are
road safety benefits in some areas. But often
there are safer solutions with things like round-
We wouldn’t rule it out but you’d want stronger
community support for slower speeds.
Q. Would you consider a service road at Surf
A. We’ve had good feedback from the communi-
ty that crashes in the area have reduced following
the reduction in speed limit. Service roads are a
conversation to be had with council because nor-
mally they have authority over service roads.
VicRoads Eastern Region director Scott Lawrence (right) with Victorian Roads Minister
Luke Donnellan at Back Beach Road recently.
VicRoads’ $40m island plans
VICROADS is developing a business case
for a proposed $35-$40 million upgrade to
the Phillip Island Tourist Road.
• roundabouts at the Woolamai Beach Road
and Back Beach Road;
• and changes at the intersections of Boys
Home Road and Forrest Avenue at Newhaven.
The proposed Newhaven changes are the
most complex and include:
• Two dual-lane roundabouts at each inter-
• The existing roundabout at the Boys
Home Road intersection will be upgraded;
• The existing roadway will be widened into
a divided carriageway between the two round-
abouts (making four lanes);
• A service road on the south side will pro -
vide on- street parking and a shared-user
Following residents’ feedback, VicRoads
has increased the initial compulsory land ac-
quisition from 5.5m to 8.8m to provide up to
52 car parking spaces in the service road; an-
gled parking would replace parallel parking.
According to VicRoads: “The relatively
small size of the existing roundabout at Ne -
whaven is inadequate for the traffic flows ex-
perienced on the island and causes queues
and delays - it is simply too small.
“This issue means motorists slow down to
travel through the roundabout at very low
“This is causing queues to slowly extend be-
yond San Remo as more traffic arrives to the
island throughout the day.
“With a more current and appropriate de-
sign, the proposal will help to keep traffic
flowing along the route during peak periods
while still safely travelling through the round-
abouts and allowing safe access from the side
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