Melbourne traffic is back to pre-pandemic levels – and it’s even worse in some areas. A small number of roads have seen up to 20% more motorists in 2021 compared to 2019, according to data from RACV’s Intelematics.
Using road sensors, cameras and connected vehicles, Intelematics recorded the number of cars passing through the Melbourne CBD and found that the 10 busiest roads in 2021 were:
- Queens Road
- King Street
- Kings Way
- Lonsdale Street
- Olympic Boulevard
- Victoria Street
- Elizabeth Street
- Alexandra Avenue
- Collins Street
- Flinders Street
Although the pandemic brought about a nationwide drop in traffic levels, motorists have been hitting the road again as life returns to a semi-normal state.
Spencer Street saw a 20% increase in traffic levels vs. 2019 (from 58,000 to 68,000) after a huge 22% drop during the Victorian lockdown. Punt Road also saw a 11.5% increase in 2021 vs. 2019, while Queens Road experienced slightly less traffic in 2021 with 182,804 vehicles per day vs. 187,840 per day in 2019. St Kilda Road currently sees 26,294 cars daily, double the number during lockdown.
Intelematics say that the increase comes from commuters preferring to drive rather than take public transport during the pandemic.