Transport Canberra and City Services


Study of traffic conditions on Copland Drive in Evatt, Melba and Spence – June 2015 update

Project background

The residents of Copland Drive and other road users have written to Ministers, members of the ACT Legislative Assembly and Roads ACT regarding their concerns about traffic volumes, speeding and other road safety and amenity issues on this street.

Roads ACT's Traffic Warrant System (TWS) identifies the need for traffic management and road safety measures on residential streets. This system takes into consideration the total traffic volume, traffic speed, crash history and land use of each street to provide a ranking for residential roads. Copland Drive in Evatt, Melba and Spence ranked relatively high (15) on the 2013 TWS.

Stage 1 community consultation/feedback

In October and November 2014, Roads ACT collected feedback about issues of concern from residents of Evatt, Melba, Spence and the wider community.

Feedback received included 443 survey responses and 10 phone/written submissions, with 65 people attending the information sessions.

Key areas of concern included:

  • speeding (75% of respondents), particularly on Copland Drive, Owen Dixon Drive and Grainger Circuit
  • safety at intersections (60% of respondents), particularly at intersections on Copland Drive and Owen Dixon Drive
  • visibility issues (35% of respondents), particularly on Copland Drive and Verbrugghen Street
  • peak hour congestion issues (29% of respondents), particularly at the Copland Drive intersections with Verbrugghen Street, Alpen Street and Clancy Street
  • pedestrian safety and safety in the school zones on Alfred Hill Drive, Grainger Circuit and Heydon Crescent.

Speeding and intersection safety were identified as requiring immediate solutions. To view the locations identified by the community as requiring immediate action view the Copland Drive Community Feedback Hotspots map* (PDF 375KB)

Comments received also indicated that there is general support for the introduction of traffic management measures on Copland Drive and surrounding streets. For more information view the Copland Drive Stage 1 consultation report* (PDF 401KB).

*Please note this document contains elements which cannot be made accessible. If you are unable to access the information in this map please contact Access Canberra on 13 22 81 to request an alternative version.

Technical analysis

The technical analyses of traffic speed, volume and crash data showed that:

  • there is a degree of speeding throughout the suburb, with the 85th percentile speeds* in excess of the speed limit on many streets including Copland Drive, Owen Dixon Drive, Heydon Crescent, Alfred Hill Drive, Grainger Circuit, Baddeley Crescent and Clarey Crescent
  • traffic volumes are moderately high on Copland Drive (6,700 vehicles per day)
  • crash frequency in the study area is relatively low, with the intersections of Owen Dixon Drive/Kuringa Drive (18 crashes), Copland Drive/Verbrugghen Street (9 crashes), Owen Dixon Drive/Heydon Crescent (9 crashes), Heydon Crescent/Clancy Street (8 crashes), and Copland Drive/Alpen Street (7 crashes) experiencing the most crashes in the last five years. Some of these crashes have resulted in injuries; however, no fatalities have been recorded in the study area in the last five years.

*The speeds at which 85% of the surveyed traffic is travelling at or below.

For more information, view:

*Please note this document contains elements which cannot be made accessible. If you are unable to access the information in this map please contact Access Canberra on 13 22 81 to request an alternative version.

Proposed traffic management treatments

Potential traffic management treatments were developed to address the feedback received from the community as well as the results of the technical analyses of traffic data.

The objectives of the proposed scheme were to:

  • reduce travelling speeds
  • improve safety at intersections
  • reduce traffic volumes on Copland Drive.

The technical principles behind this scheme are that:

  • to reduce speeds all day every day (24/7) it is necessary to implement treatments on the road so that motorists must slow down
  • treatments must be spaced evenly along the road to achieve the desired travel speed at, or below, the posted/default speed limit
  • different treatments serve different purposes, have different levels of effectiveness, and vary in construction cost. However, the aim of all these treatments is to reduce speeding and encourage through-traffic to use the surrounding arterial roads
  • slower speeds and devices which create safer crossing opportunities for pedestrians would also help to improve the safety and amenity of residents.

The Copland Drive concept plan* (PDF 6.9MB) shows the proposed scheme.

For more information on the proposed treatments view a summary of the proposed treatments (PDF 244KB) and diagrams of the potential treatments* (PDF 2MB)

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Stage 2 community consultation/feedback

The community was consulted again between February and April 2015 to seek views on the proposed treatments for improvement.

Over 611 people participated in this consultation process. The feedback received included 416 survey responses, nine phone/email submissions and 168 people attended the public display/information sessions.

Feedback received included:

  • strong support for the proposed traffic calming measures (75% of respondents)
  • preference for Option B (roundabout) at the Copland Drive/Verbrugghen Street intersection (45% of  respondents)

Priority improvements supported by the community were confirmed as:

  • addressing speeding issues on Copland Drive
  • improving intersection safety on Copland Drive
  • improving safety in the school zone on Heydon Crescent
  • vegetation maintenance
  • intersection improvements at the Copland Drive/Verbrugghen Street intersection.

For more information view the Copland Drive Stage 2 consultation report* (PDF 367KB).

*Please note this document contains elements which cannot be made accessible. If you are unable to access the information in this map please contact Access Canberra on 13 22 81 to request an alternative version.

Final master plan

The final scheme is based on community feedback as well as further technical analysis. The scheme includes a roundabout (Option B) for the Copland Drive/Verbrugghen Street intersection which was identified in consultation to be preferred by the community. It also includes some additional or alternative treatments suggested and supported by the community such as the addition of treatments on Owen Dixon Drive and lane narrowing on Grainger Circuit.

The objectives of the final traffic management scheme are to:

  • reduce travelling speeds
  • improve safety at intersections
  • reduce traffic volumes on Copland Drive.

It is important to note that the final scheme is an overall 'master plan' for the area and that not all proposed devices will be installed at once. The master plan will guide the implementation of the scheme over a number of years. The works will be undertaken as funding becomes available.

The locations of proposed treatments are indicative only, and the exact locations, as well as the detailed design of treatments, will be determined before the implementation stage.

The Copland Drive master plan (PDF 5MB) shows the final scheme*.

*This plan shows a map of the final scheme for improvements. If you are unable to access the information in this map please contact Access Canberra on 13 22 81 to request an alternative version.

Priorities and staging

Priorities have been assigned to the proposed treatments based on the results of the technical analysis and the feedback from the community.  Priority 1 treatments have also been further staged (A and B) to enable implementation within anticipated funding.

An evaluation of the effectiveness of Priority 1 treatments will take place six months after their implementation. The evaluation will include a technical analysis of the scheme's impacts and residents' views of the extent to which the stated objectives were achieved. Further implementation of Priority 2 and 3 treatments will depend on the results of this evaluation and funding availability.

For more information view the Copland Drive Priority 1 treatments* (PDF 5MB)

*This plan shows a map of the Priority 1 treatments. If you are unable to access the information in this map please contact Access Canberra on 13 22 81 to request an alternate version.

The Priority 1 treatments are summarised below.

Copland Drive

  • Improvements to intersections with Moynihan Street and McEachern Crescent.
  • Lane narrowing between Moynihan Street and Clancy Street.
  • Vegetation maintenance near intersections with Keenan Street and Badenoch Crescent.
  • Pedestrian refuge between Keenan Street and McEachern Crescent.
  • Channelised right turn lane at intersections with Alpen Street, Ashkanasy Crescent and Clancy Street.
  • Roundabout at intersection with Verbrugghen Street.

Verbrugghen Street

  • Vegetation maintenance near intersection with Grainger Circuit.

Heydon Crescent

  • 'Stop' sign at intersection with Clancy Street.
  • Speed cushions within school zone.
  • Vegetation maintenance near intersection with Kingston Street.
  • Improvements to intersection with Owen Dixon Drive.

Kuringa Drive

  • Extension of 70 km/h speed zone.

Install '50 km/h unless otherwise signposted' signs on:

  • Clarey Crescent at Kingsford Smith Drive end.
  • Baddeley Crescent at Kingsford Smith Drive end.

For more information on the final scheme and the priorities for implementation view the Executive Summary of the Copland Drive traffic study report (PDF 2MB).

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