Member for Brunswick, Jane Garrett, today welcomed the start this week on the $1.3 billion CityLink Tullamarine Widening Project between Bulla Rd and Bell St.

The 24 kilometre project will upgrade one of Melbourne’s busiest road corridors and once complete, the project will reduce congestion and provide road users with a smoother and more reliable journey.

Thousands of residents in Melbourne’s northern suburbs will benefit from the upgraded freeway corridor.

On average, drivers will save 16 minutes in the morning peak and 17 minutes in the afternoon peak, reducing transport costs for business and giving commuters more time to spend with their families.

There will be two new dedicated lanes to Bell Street for freeway traffic heading east on Bell Street to relieve the current heavy congestion and remove unsafe weaving between exiting and through freeway traffic.

A new bridge will separate traffic on Bell Street heading to the airport and Calder Freeway from freeway traffic heading to Pascoe Vale Road, removing a major point of conflict.

Improvements at the Flemington Road intersection will mean a quicker peak hour trip for motorists travelling to the City via Mount Alexander Road.

Additional noise barriers and upgrades to existing barriers will be undertaken as required to ensure there is no undue impact on nearby residents.

Major construction works are due to commence at the Bulla Rd interchange on CityLink and continue progressively through to Power St on the West Gate Freeway.

While construction is scheduled to avoid any major impact on motorists, Victorians should allow some extra travel time and plan their journey.

For more information and to sign up to project and traffic updates, visit www.citytullawidening.vic.gov.au and check out the VicTraffic app for real-time travel time updates.

All construction works are expected to be completed in 2018.

Quotes attributable to the Member for Brunswick Jane Garrett

“Residents and businesses in Melbourne’s north will save money and time using the freeway route to travel to the airport, CBD and other destinations.”

“Removing notorious congestion hot spots and separating weaving traffic will take the stress out of travelling on and off the freeway and make it a safer trip for everyone.

“Residents will spend less time stuck in traffic and more time with their families and friends.”