Traffic operations are critical to the implementation of network management objectives and plans (discussed in Part 4, Austroads 2016a). In a broad sense, traffic operations can be said to be directed to the maintenance of optimal traffic conditions on the road network with the following objectives:
- maximising operational safety and efficiency of the road network
- minimising negative impacts caused by recurring congestion or non-recurring incidents within the road network
- providing road users with information necessary to help support their judgement on travel and reduce stress while driving
- providing the desired level of service to priority road users.