Melbourne’s freeways operate as an interconnected network. What happens on one part of this network can affect people travelling on other parts – even those that are many kilometres away.
An incident on the West Gate Bridge can take between 16 minutes to 6 hours to clear and can triple travel times for the entire M1 corridor as well as spilling to nearby roads.
By boosting capacity along the Monash and West Gate freeways and providing an alternative to the West Gate Bridge, the West Gate Tunnel Project will build resilience and deliver significant benefits for everyone using Melbourne’s freeway network – to the north, south, east and west.
Technology upgrades on our freeway network will also address key bottlenecks and reduce incidents significantly. This includes making freeways responsive to changing traffic conditions by reducing speeds and controlling the number of vehicles entering the freeway.
West Gate Tunnel Project
The West Gate Tunnel Project will give Melbourne a much needed second freeway link to the west. It will provide an alternative route from the West Gate Freeway to the CBD, making it easier to get to workplaces, universities and hospitals in the city north. The project will slash congestion and travel times, take thousands of trucks off residential streets and create thousands of jobs.
Monash Freeway Upgrade
The Monash Freeway Upgrade provides additional lanes from EastLink to Clyde Road, and smart technologies to improve traffic flow from Warrigal Road to Koo Wee Rup Road. The new lanes will increase capacity and improve traffic flow.
Webb Dock access improvements
The Webb Dock access improvements included upgrading Cook Street and the West Gate Freeway-to-Bolte Bridge ramp to provide direct access for trucks reducing the weaving and margining on the West Gate Freeway. These works will complement VicRoads construction in the area, which is underway.
Keeping traffic flowing
Together these project will increase capacity and improve traffic flow, slashing daily peak travel times from the west and south east.
Direct links between the freeway and the port will support a growing number of freight movements and remove thousands of trucks off the West Gate Bridge.
Traffic flow will also be improved through the use of a fully managed motorway covering the M80 Ring Road, M1 and M2 Tullamarine freeway corridors. This provides seamless integration and efficient and effective 24/7 real time traffic management including lane use signs, variable speed limits, automatic incident detection and enhanced incident response services. The managed motorway system responds automatically if there is an incident or traffic congestion and can close lanes for safety or regulate the flow of traffic entering the freeway network.