The CityLink Tulla Widening project will increase capacity, reduce travel times and improve safety on CityLink and the Tullamarine Freeway.
It is making significant upgrades across 24 km from Melbourne Airport to Power Street:
- adding an extra lane in each direction
- upgrading the intersections at Flemington Road, Bell Street, English Street and Mickleham Road
- creation of dedicated lanes to Bell Street from the Calder and Tullamarine Freeways
- a new freeway management system to help manage congestion and incidents.
The project is jointly funded by the federal government, the Victorian state government and Transurban (CityLink's operator).
Watch this video for an overview of the project.
The project will be completed in 2018.
Why the upgrade is needed
Melbourne is continuing to grow:
- The city's population will rise from 4.3m to 7.7m by 2051.
- The number of passengers using Melbourne Airport will double by 2033.
- The volume of freight handled by Melbourne's container ports will increase by 270% by 2030.
This all generates more traffic on Victoria's road network. An extra 25,000 vehicles will be using the CityLink-Tullamarine Freeway every day by 2031. The freeway and connecting roads cannot meet this increasing demand. Heavy congestion in peak periods already causes delays and accidents.
[Sources: statistics and forecasts from VicRoads, Australian Bureau of Statistics, Plan Melbourne Refresh, Port of Melbourne Corporation, Melbourne Airport Corporation, Freight Futures]
What are the benefits?
The upgrades bring direct benefits to Tullamarine Freeway and CityLink users. They also benefit local residents by improving conditions on connecting roads:
- A 30 per cent increase in capacity, reduces congestion and allows for future growth.
- A reduction of up to 17 minutes in peak time, makes trips between the airport and the city quicker and more reliable.
- 3,000 fewer heavy commercial vehicles using local roads, improves conditions on local roads.
- A reduction in casualty crashes of up to 20 per cent, benefits everyone.
How we are widening the road
We will be adding extra traffic lanes by making smarter use of the existing road corridor:
- widening the road where space allows
- converting emergency lanes to normal traffic lanes
- narrowing existing lanes (this will impact on speed limits)
- constructing emergency bays at regular intervals.
We are also integrating a new freeway management system. This helps us free up the valuable space in the emergency lanes. Overhead signs allow us to direct traffic around any incidents. Improved CCTV and incident detection means that we can respond to incidents faster.
Making major interchanges safer and more efficient
We are also using this opportunity to improve several major interchanges on CityLink and the Tullamarine Freeway. These upgrades will make the interchanges safer by reducing congestion, weaving and merging.
Find out more about the upgrades to:
- Mickleham Road interchange
- English Street (Matthews Avenue / Essendon Fields)
- Bell Street and Pascoe Vale Road
- Flemington Road / Mount Alexander Road
We are also building a separated road from both the Calder and Tullamarine Freeways to Bell Street.
We have a number of technical reports and fact sheets available for downloading and printing. We also have a project overview in six languages.
Webb Dock Access improvement works
The Webb Dock Access improvements are being delivered by the CityLink Tulla Widening project on behalf of the Western Distributor project. Find out more about these works.