Arterial road access management: have we got it wrong?

A major Victorian review has gathered together information on the rationale and practice of access management on arterial roads. At the same time, an AUSTROADS project explored the appropriate nature of guidelines to help road and transport authorities fulfil their proper roles in this localised aspect of land use-transport planning. These activities revealed that conventional assumptions about the roles of roads and desirable traffic conditions are coming under scrutiny. This questioning of established practice arises from a number of concerns such as pedestrian security and the requirements of 'surveillance' of pedestrian spaces, the land development cost implications of some of the techniques of segregation, the trend towards 'permeable' local networks which increase minor junctions with arterials, a disputing of the assumption that road safety should be an overriding objective, the desire to 'urbanise' the suburban built environment, and attempts to bring about city-wide traffic calming by forcing integrated rather than segregated conditions on the arterial road system. The paper describes a selection of the planning propositions which are now being promoted, outlines what little factual evidence is known about them, then attempts to show ways in which the different perspectives might (and in some cases, cannot) be reconciled. It concludes that access management practice in general has not after all been misguided, but adds that perhaps there could be greater awareness of the planning origins and context of access management, more flexible approaches to find design solutions that help to reconcile different objectives, and more preparedness to accommodate evolutionary changes in urban development practice. Improving the factual basis of current practices and requirements is a necessity.


  • English

Media Info

  • Pagination: 33-49
  • Monograph Title: Transit accessible development guidelines
  • Serial:
    • Volume: 18
    • Issue Number: 7

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01437496
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • ISBN: 869107100
  • Files: ATRI
  • Created Date: Aug 24 2012 8:45PM