Yellow box junction trials
Vehicles stopping or queuing across an intersection can cause gridlock on the road network, not to mention the frustration caused to other drivers who are unnecessarily blocked and cannot move through an intersection.
Yellow box junctions are successfully used around the world to discourage drivers from stopping within intersections and blocking other vehicle movements.
A yellow box is painted on the road to show the extent of an intersection and indicate an area where drivers should not stop. You may only enter a yellow box junction when your exit is clear and there is enough space on the other side of the junction for your vehicle to clear the box completely without stopping.
Drivers who are turning right can stop at a junction if their turn is prevented by oncoming traffic until it is safe for the turn to be completed. Drivers must not simply follow the car in front through a yellow box junction as they must not enter the yellow marked area unless your exit from the intersection is clear.
By discouraging intersection blocking, box junctions can help to improve traffic flow not just at the intersection but right through a road corridor.
When and where
In early 2016, two types of yellow box junctions, using Singapore and UK markings, were implemented at the following locations (click on the images for a larger version)
The two types on trial were:
- A large box with a single cross within a boxed intersection (Singapore markings)
- A large box with hatching throughout the intersection (UK markings)
Both box junction configurations are currently being assessed to determine which line markings are most effective in reminding drivers not to stop within the intersection.
Further sites will be identified once it is determined which junction configuration works best.
Canning Highway and Kintail Road, Applecross
Queen Victoria Street and Tydeman Road, North Fremantle
John Sanders Drive and Herdsman Parade, Glendalough
Mitchell Freeway southbound off–ramp / Vincent Street / Leederville Parade, Leederville
If successful and traffic flow improves at these sites, this concept will be considered for rollout to further locations.