Wonthaggi Access and Movement Study
We developed this place-based transport strategy focused on increasing the vibrancy and sustainability of the Wonthaggi CBD. Seeking solutions to heavy vehicles using the main street was a key focus.
The challenge facing Wonthaggi is stark. An expected doubling of the population over the next three decades will mean that if existing travel patterns continue, the inevitable congestion and parking difficulties will detract from the lifestyle that currently draw people to Wonthaggi. ‘Doing more with less’ is the philosophy that will need to underpin strategic transport investment, as the amount of road and parking space per person begins to diminish.
A good plan starts with good data
The first in the development of better transport and place making options for Wonthaggi was the development of key metrics to describe the transport and demographic picture in Wonthaggi.
The data analysis conducted as part of this project found:
- High levels of car use, accounting for around 9 in 10 trips
- High parking demand during peak times
- Streets dominated by on-street parking and through traffic
- A large proportion of car trips are of short distance; a third of all trips to work are under 2.5km and half are under 5km
- Very low levels of walking, cycling and public transport. In many cases, existing conditions for these modes have reduced their attractiveness and appeal.
A main street dominated by heavy vehicles
Like many regional centres, the main street of Wonthaggi is used by large numbers of heavy vehicles. Freight traffic reduces the vibrancy and appeal of the historic centre of Wonthaggi and our work included an analysis of alternative routes for freight.
Enhancing pedestrian-orientated design
Improving the quality of the pedestrian environment was a key outcome of this project. We prepared a series of functional layouts for key crossings, to enable an all-ability access environment. This helped to reduce vehicle speed and increase the profile of the pedestrian. As Wonthaggi has an ageing population, these intersection designs placed an emphasis on maneuverability for those using mobility aides.