Roads & Traffic

Metro Travel Times

Reports

To read the complete 2015 Travel Time Report, click here.

To read the complete 2014 Travel Time Report, click here.

To read the complete 2013 Travel Time Report, click here.

Find your road:

  1. Brighton Road    
  2. Churchill Road    
  3. Fullarton Road
  4. Goodwood Road
  5. Grange Road
  6. Greenhill Road
  7. Henley Beach Road
  8. Marion Road
  9. Main North Road
  10. North East Road
  11. Payneham/Lower North East Road
  12. Prospect Road
  13. South Road
  14. South Road (North)
  15. Torrens Road
  16. Unley Road  
     
1.
Brighton Road/Anzac Highway

AM Result: 34 minutes and 56 seconds @ 25km/h

PM Result: 31 minutes and 25 seconds @ 28km/h

For Brighton Road, both the morning and afternoon surveys were worse in 2015 than they were in 2014. The morning survey took over 5 minutes longer than it did in 2014, whilst the afternoon survey was 4 minutes slower. During the morning, holdups between Jetty Road and Anzac Highway were worse than in recent years and then there were delays on Anzac Highway itself from Marion Road onwards. Delays were also experienced between Jetty Road (Brighton) and Addison Road, mainly due to being held up at the railway level crossing.

The afternoon result was impacted due to delays experienced between South Road and Marion Road. When turning onto Brighton Road there was congestion up until Diagonal Road and the section between Balmoral Avenue and Sturt Road was also slower than usual.

 2.

Churchill Road

AM Result: 12 minutes and 48 seconds @ 35km/h

PM Result: 11 minutes and 33 seconds @ 29km/h

Churchill Road, both during the morning and afternoon peaks appears to be one of the better arterial routes to travel on in the metropolitan area. During the morning the traffic moved well all the way to Clifton Street, where it slowed through to Torrens Road.

In the afternoon, despite some congestion at the intersection with Regency Road, traffic flowed well.

 3.

Fullarton Road

AM Result: 25 minutes and 51 seconds @ 20km/h

PM Result: 20 minutes and 30 seconds @ 25km/h

Over the past 10 years the average speed for the Fullarton Road survey during the morning peak has hovered in the range of 20-25km/h and this year is no different. This average speed drops, particularly from Wattle Road onwards, averaging just 14km/h from this point to the end of the survey at Grant Avenue. Some minor delays were also encountered either side of the Blythewood Road roundabout.

During the afternoon, the main delays were experienced when leaving the city, between Grant Avenue and Glen Osmond Road. It took almost 5½ minutes to travel this 1.5km section of road, at an average speed of 17km/h.  It was also very slow prior to the intersection with Cross Road. Between Ferguson Avenue and Cross Road the average speed was 12km/h; the lowest it has been in 5 years.

 3.

Goodwood Road

AM Result: 32 minutes and 39 seconds @ 22km/h

PM Result: 28 minutes and 59 seconds @ 25km/h

The overall travel speed for Goodwood Road was boosted during the morning peak period because of a change in driver behaviour to avoid the roadworks on West Terrace. The main area of congestion occurred from Cross Road onwards where it took 8 minutes to travel from there to Leader Street at an average speed of 15km/h. Traffic time on Goodwood Road through this section is limited by the movement of traffic moving west to east, particularly out of Victoria Street and onto Gilbert Street.

In the afternoon peak, congestion was high leaving the city all the way through to Cross Road. It took over 7 minutes to travel between Rosa Street and Cross Road, where half of that time was spent stationary.

4.

Grange Road

AM Result: 23 minutes and 36 seconds @ 27km/h

PM Result: 22 minutes and 00 seconds @ 29km/h

A new route for 2015, Grange Road performed fairly well during both peak periods, although there were some areas of congestion during the morning that made it slower than the afternoon. The section between Crittenden Road and Holbrooks Road took 2½ minutes to travel, despite being just 0.5km in length. This generated an average speed of 11km/h. The approach to Port Road was also slow at 8km/h. It took almost 2½ minutes to travel between Manton Street and Port Road, of which 73% was spent stationary.

The afternoon survey performed better although once again, the approach to Holbrooks Road was slow. Sections of the Inner Ring Road were also slow, taking almost 6½ minutes to travel from North Terrace to Port Road at an average speed of 18km/h.

4.

Greenhill Road

AM Result: 24 minutes and 58 seconds @ 24km/h

PM Result: 26 minutes and 09 seconds @ 23km/h 

This survey was conducted whilst roadworks were in place on Richmond Road, and an initial examination suggests that had little impact on overall travel times. When compared to 2014 the average speed of the morning run is the same at 24km/h with the main pressure points also being similar. The average speed between Unley Road and Hutt Street was just 14km/h; in part due to a minute and a half of stationary time. In addition, between Goodwood Road and Anzac Highway it took 3½ minutes to traverse at an average speed of 10km/h; of which almost two and a half minutes of stationary time. 

Whilst the delays experienced during the afternoon between Hutt Street and Glen Osmond Road in 2015 are similar to last year, the section between Glen Osmond Road and Fullarton Road has returned to normal following a blip last year. Congestion was experienced between Conyngham Street and Portrush Road as well as between Sir Lewis Cohen Avenue and King William Road.

5.

Henley Beach Road

AM Result: 23 minutes and 38 seconds @ 22km/h

PM Result: 16 minutes and 42 seconds @ 31km/h 

Both the morning and afternoon travel surveys along Henley Beach Road recorded slower average speeds than in 2014. The section between Airport Road and Holbrooks Road took over 3 minutes to travel, despite being just 0.5km in length. With an average speed of just 9km/h, this makes it one of the slowest sections of road across the whole network during the morning peak. In addition, the sections between Marion Road and South Road as well as James Congdon Drive to West Terrace both recorded less than desirable average speeds of 13km/h. 

The afternoon survey performed better with the slowest section occurring prior to the intersection with South Road. It took 4 minutes to travel between James Congdon Drive and South Road at an average speed of 13km/h.

6.

Main North Road

AM Result: 21 minutes and 44 seconds @ 28km/h

PM Result: 21 minutes and 48 seconds @ 28km/h

On Main North Road the average morning speed in 2015 was 28km/h, which is marginally quicker than in 2014. The approach to Regency Road continues to be slow, averaging 19km/h as does the approach to Fitzroy Terrace.

As with other surveys, it was extremely slow leaving the city with Barton Terrace to Fitzroy Terrace averaging just 10km/h. The other main slow point occurred prior to Grand Junction Road, where the average speed was 11km/h which is consistent with previous years. Most other sections appeared to flow well.

7.

Marion Road

AM Result: 30 minutes and 50 seconds @ 27km/h

PM Result: 33 minutes and 48 seconds @ 24km/h

Travel times over the past 10 years for Marion Road during the morning have remained constant and in 2015 the average speed of 27km/h was only marginally different from the 28km/h speed recorded n 2014. However afternoon travel times have increased. It took almost 34 minutes to complete the afternoon survey compared to 32 minutes in 2014.

Slow sections during the morning occurred prior to the intersections with Sturt Road, Cross Road, Anzac Highway and Sir Donald Bradman Drive. During the afternoon peak the slowest section was between Mooringe Avenue and Anzac Highway, averaging just 8km/h. Taking into account the following section which stretches to Cross Road it took 6½ minutes to travel just under a kilometre. The section between Sturt Road and Main South Road was slightly quicker this year, most likely due to the absence of roadworks, which were still in place for the Southern Expressway when this survey was conducted in 2014.

 8.

North East Road

AM Result: 36 minutes and 38 seconds @ 23km/h

PM Result: 29 minutes and 07 seconds @ 29km/h

The average speed on North East Road during the morning travel time run dropped by 2km/h to 25km/h in 2015 and highlights the continued poor performance of this route in recent years. Some delays occurred prior to the Sudholz Road intersection where roadworks are currently ongoing, but the journey mainly slowed up from Hampstead Road. From Hampstead Road to Walkerville Terrace the average speed was 13km/h which is 3km/h slower than in 2013.

The afternoon was quicker than the morning although was 3km/h slower than in 2014 with delays occurring between Rundle Road and Melbourne Street. Congestion was also prevalent between Hampstead Road and Muller Road and then from Forbes Street to Sudholz Road.

 9.

Payneham/Lower North East Road

AM Result: 22 minutes and 22 seconds @ 22km/h

PM Result: 20 minutes and 48 seconds @ 24km/h

For the fourth year in a row, the most congested section was between Stephen Terrace and Fullarton Road, where the average speed was just 12km/h. Traffic queuing to turn left onto Fullarton Road stretches way beyond the left hand filter lane and causes a bank up of vehicles on Payneham Road. Traffic was also slow between Montacute Road and Portrush Road, taking 5 and a half minutes to travel 2.1km at an average speed of 23km/h.

The afternoon survey was 5km/h slower than in 2014, mainly due to increased congestion prior to the intersection with Portrush Road. It took almost 10 minutes to travel between Stephen Terrace and Portrush Road at an average speed of just 11km/h. There was also a build-up of traffic between Gorge Road and Darley Road with an average achieved speed of 23km/h.

 10.

Prospect Road

AM Result: 14 minutes and 32 seconds @ 25km/h

PM Result: 16 minutes and 50 seconds @ 21km/h

On Prospect Road both the morning and afternoon surveys generated average speed that were less than desirable. In the morning, traffic really slowed up beyond Clifton Street, averaging 11km/h between there and Fitzroy Terrace. Between Regency Road and Olive Street the average speed was 33km/h whilst through to Pulsford Road where the 40km/h zone is the average sped dropped marginally to 30km/h.

The afternoon survey was 4km/h slower than the morning survey, mainly due to it taking longer to leave the city. Congestion was experienced through the 40km/h zone between Pulsford Road and Olive Street and then on the approach to Regency Road.

 10.

South Road

AM Result: 30 minutes and 05 seconds @ 29km/h

PM Result: 30 minutes and 46 seconds @ 28km/h

In 2015, the slowest section of South Road during the morning travel time was between Marion Road and Flinders Drive; taking 3½ minutes to travel at an average speed of 18km/h. This should be addressed by the Darlington upgrade although concern remains from Ayliffes Road onwards, where the average speed was 19km/h to Celtic Avenue. This section is not covered by the Darlington upgrade. Traffic was then slow from the Emerson Overpass although the way through to the city.

Leaving the city during the afternoon peak there was congestion between South Terrace and Greenhill Road as there also was along the stretch between Anzac Highway and Daws Road. It took almost 14 minutes to travel this section of which over 4 minutes was spent stationary; thus achieving an average speed of 19km/h.

 11.

South Road (North)

AM Result: 34 minutes and 28 seconds @ 32km/h

PM Result: 26 minutes and 44 seconds @ 42km/h

The extended northern South Road survey, which was new in 2013 showed an improvement in 2015 compared to the previous year, with an overall average speed increase of 2km/h. Average speeds when passing over the Superway were good, although they dropped prior to the Regency Road intersection. Traffic then continued to slow through to Port Road.

In the afternoon the travel time was once again quicker than the previous year, although between Adam Street and Port Road, speeds were at their lowest, averaging 15km/h and taking over 4 minutes to traverse. Congestion was also prevalent between James Congdon Drive and Sir Donald Bradman Drive.

12. 

Torrens Road

AM Result: 23 minutes and 37 seconds @ 25km/h

PM Result: 20 minutes and 10 seconds @ 29km/h

The Torrens Road survey ran fairly well up to the approach to South Road. Beyond there the slowest section occurred between Coglin Street and Fitzroy Terrace. It took 8½ minutes to travel this 1.1km section of road of which 5½ minutes was spent stationary; this generated an average speed of 8km/h.

Afternoon travel times along Torrens Road fared better although it was slow when trying to pass through the intersection with Fitzroy/Robe Terrace where the average speed was 8km/h. Beyond Fitzroy Terrace, speeds were good all the way to the end of the survey at Grand Junction Road, averaging 36km/h.

12. 

Unley Road

AM Result: 31 minutes and 46 seconds @ 24km/h

PM Result: 26 minutes and 03 seconds @ 30km/h

The morning survey in 2015 took over 2 minutes longer than it did in 2014. Congestion was heavy between Tutt Avenue and Cross Road and then from Wattle Street through to South Terrace. Traffic movement was hindered by vehicles wanting to turn off from Unley and Belair Road in the absence of dedicated filter lanes.

During the afternoon the slowest section was leaving the city, between South Terrace and Greenhill Road, whilst Wattle Street to Cross Road was also slow, taking 4½ minutes to travel, although congestion continued through to Grange Road. There was also congestion experienced in Blackwood, particularly between the railway level crossing and Shepherds Hill Road where the average speed between these two points was 23km/h.

Reports

To read the complete 2013 Travel Time Report, click here.

To read the complete 2014 Travel Time Report, click here.

To read the complete 2015 Travel Time Report, click here.