Western Australia banks on new merge lines to fix traffic problems


New merge lines will be installed on freeway on-ramps in Perth to manage congestion and improve safety.

 

New merge lines will be added to freeway on-ramps in Perth as part of efforts to improve merging and reduce congestion.

Broken lines will be installed on all on-ramp merge points on the Kwinana and Mitchell freeways, allowing road users to merge when they get up to speed instead of having to wait until they reach the end of a merge lane.

The lanes will be added over the coming months and will be funded under Western Australia’s Traffic Congestion Management Program.

"The works include installing new merge lines at on-ramps to prompt motorists to get up to speed and merge into freeway traffic in the same way they would if they were changing lanes," major projects minister Paul Fletcher says .

"This replaces the current practice of travelling to the end of the merge lane in order to join the freeway traffic."

WA transport minister Dean Nalder says a trial of the new merge lines on the Kwinana Freeway in 2014 cut the number of incidents at merge points and reduced congestion.

"To be frank, West Australians do not have a great reputation when it comes to merging.  By adopting smarter transport options, we can improve merging, reduce congestion and enhance safety," Nalder says.

"The new merge lines will be completed at all on-ramp merge points on the Kwinana and Mitchell freeways by April 2016."

The WA Government has released a diagram of the new merge lines and what motorists need to do when entering the freeway.

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