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People are now travelling faster, getting to the city sooner and spending less time in traffic between Melbourne Airport and the CBD, following the opening of new lanes on the CityLink Tulla Widening project.
An average 8am trip between Melbourne Airport and Bolte Bridge that used to take nearly half an hour is now taking just over 16 minutes at the busiest time of the morning.
Ease of travel to and from Melbourne Airport is essential for visitors and for the visitability of Melbourne as a destination of choice.
By slashing more than 13 minutes off travel times, the project is on track to exceed the projected travel time savings of 30 minutes off a round trip from the CBD to the airport, with more new lanes still to open.
Prior to the project, traffic gridlock would see drivers travelling at average speeds around 41 km/h. With the introduction of new lanes, average speeds have increased to 74 km/h.
Travel times dropped in November 2017 when new lanes were opened between Bulla Road and the Burnley Tunnel and again at the start of May when a section was opened between Melbourne Airport and Melrose Drive.
It is expected that travel times will continue to fall when new lanes are opened between Melbourne Airport and Melrose Drive over the coming weeks.
Outbound travel times, between the city and Melbourne Airport, are expected to improve when work wraps up and new lanes open to traffic around the Bulla Road and English Street sections.
Speed limits will be returned to 100 km/h permanently from Melrose Drive to Melbourne Airport when the project is completed.
The CityLink Tulla Widening project is jointly funded by the Victorian and federal governments.