Freeway widening cuts Tullamarine airport travel times in half

July 19, 2018 by  

New data from VicRoads has found the Tullamarine Freeway widening project has already cut travel times to the airport almost in half.

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The $1.3bn widening project is in its final stages, with completion expected at the end of August. VicRoads says work thus far has meant a journey from the Bolte Bridge at Docklands to the airport, which used to take 29 minutes in peak hour traffic, now takes only 16 minutes. Motorists used to have to slow to a crawling 41 kilometre per hour speed during the morning rush, but are now finding the average pace has leapt to 74 km/h.

Further easing of traffic congestion is expected when more lanes open between Melrose Drive and the airport. The roadworks have meant a reduced 80 km/h speed limit along stretches of the freeway for the past few years, but this will revert to 100 km/h after August.

The Victorian Government has said the project will mean motorists can in future plan their airport trips with greater certainty. Acting Premier James Merlino said:

“People are travelling faster, getting where they need to go sooner and spending 13 minutes less time getting into the city from Melbourne Airport.”