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Cover of Speed-flow Relationships: Implications of Project Appraisal
Speed-flow Relationships: Implications of Project Appraisal
  • Publication no: AP-R393-11
  • ISBN: 978-1-921709-98-2
  • Published: 23 September 2011

The project includes a literature review of speed-flow curves, review of practices across jurisdictions, implications of speed-flow curves for project appraisal, harmonisation of speed-flow curves. A range of speed-flow curve relationships is currently in use by road authorities across jurisdictions in Australia. These speed-flow relationships are used by these authorities in carrying out road project evaluations of mostly urban and, to a lesser degree, rural road projects in Australia.

The way some of these relationships are specified becomes more critical when volume-capacity ratios (VCR) approach and exceed a value of 1.0 because different queuing speeds are assumed at different VCR levels.

  • 1. INTRODUCTION
    • 1.1. Methodology
  • 2. REVIEW OF LITERATURE AND CURRENT PRACTICE
    • 2.1. Overview of Common Speed-flow Functions
    • 2.2. Usage of Speed-flow Curves Internationally
      • 2.2.1. UK Experience
      • 2.2.2. Other European Experience
      • 2.2.3. US Experience
      • 2.2.4. World Bank Experience
    • 2.3. Speed-flow Curves in Australia
      • 2.3.1. Speed-flow Curves across Australian Jurisdictions
  • 3. IMPLICATIONS OF SPEED-FLOW CURVES FOR ROAD PROJECT EVALUATION
    • 3.1. Freeway On-ramp Example
    • 3.2. Road Widening Example
  • 4. FACILITATING ‘HARMONISATION’ OF SPEED-FLOW RELATIONSHIPS ACROSS JURISDICTIONS
    • 4.1. A Representative Framework for Speed-flow Relationships
    • 4.2. Jurisdiction Response on Issues about Harmonisation of Speed-flow Curve Relationships
      • 4.2.1. Representation of Speed-flow (VCR-speed) Relationships as a Best Practice Framework
      • 4.2.2. Desirability of Harmonisation of Speed-flow Curves and Appropriate Queuing Speeds across Jurisdictions
      • 4.2.3. Attainment of Harmonisation of Speed-flow Relationships (Queuing Speeds) and Likely Obstacles
    • 4.3. Austroads Evaluation and Planning Technical Review Panel Decision on Default Queuing Speed
  • 5. CONCLUSIONS
  • REFERENCES
  • APPENDIX A SPEEDS, CAPACITIES AND LINK TYPES FOR SPEED-FLOW CURVES AT JURISDICTIONAL LEVEL
  • APPENDIX B LEVEL OF SERVICE (LOS) DEFINITIONS AND CRITERIA AT DIFFERENT SPEEDS