Smarter Roads is a $340 million Victorian Government program keeping people and goods moving and is currently being rolled out in Melbourne’s west, east and southeast. Smarter Roads is improving the way the Department of Transport manages the arterial road network, with the aim of improving throughput and travel time reliability.

It uses more technology and a designated team to keep people and goods moving and provides improved travel information. It comprises components such as additional traffic monitoring cameras to increase visibility of road conditions, travel time sensors, live travel signs, dynamic pedestrian crossing sensors, and traffic signal optimisation.


Client requirements

VLC was engaged by the Victorian Department of Transport (through EY) to undertake transport modelling using the Victorian Integrated Transport Model (VITM), to evaluate benefits of the Smarter Roads program and support Business Case development.


Delivered outcome

The demand modelling applied the combined impact of the Smarter Roads scheme on road capacity and speed-flow relationships identified in earlier Department of Transport studies.

VLC provided standard VITM outputs from the modelling of the Smarter Roads project, with a geographical focus on specific corridors and regions within Melbourne. These summary outputs provided insights into the benefits of the combined package of projects in the form of Transport economic reporting for input into the CBA and network performance metrics.