English Street bridge and freeway ramp closures

As part of the rebuilding of the English Street interchange, we need to undertake substantial works on all the freeway entry and exit ramps.

Where are the ramps?

There are four freeway ramps, two outbound (towards the airport) and two inbound (towards the city). The outbound ramps primarily provide access to and from Matthews Avenue. The inbound ramps primarily provide access into and out of Essendon Fields.

This maps shows the ramp locations.

When are the ramps / bridge closed?

The ramps will be closed at night. While we may close several of the ramps during the night, the closures will be staggered. Look out for on-road signs for details.

Date  Time  Inbound (Essendon Fields, towards city) Outbound (Matthews Ave, towards airport)  English Street Bridge
Entry ramp Exit ramp Entry ramp Exit ramp
Fri 26 May8pm - 6amYesYesYes--
Sat 27 May -
mid June
8pm - 6amYesYesYesYesFull closure

As well as the above closures:

  • there will be lane closures on Matthews Avenue
  • signals around the Matthews Avenue and English Street bridge interchange will be replaced during the night works by traffic management.

We may need to alter these dates and times if adverse weather conditions or unforeseen circumstances impact on our works.

English Street bridge closures, 27 May to mid-June

Closures of English Street bridge and ramps will take place on a nightly basis from 8pm to 6am as we progress towards completing this upgrade.

During these works, drivers will be detoured via Wirraway Road. Primary access for pedestrians between Airport West and Essendon Fields will be via the Vaughan Street pedestrian bridge. This is adjacent to stop 57 of the Route 59 tram. However, traffic management will also be in place to assist pedestrians and cyclists across the English Street bridge on an as-needs basis.  

What are the detours?

When the ramps and bridge are closed, the following signed detours will be operating:

What's closed How this affects you Signed detour
English Street inbound entry ramp If you are leaving Essendon Fields and want to head towards the city on the Tullamarine Freeway Use the Wirraway Road entry ramp
English Street inbound exit ramp If you are on the Tullamarine Freeway and want to go to Essendon Fields Take the Wirraway Road exit from the Tullamarine Fwy
English Street outbound entry ramp If you are on Matthews Avenue and want to head towards the airport on the Tullamarine Freeway, or head towards Greensborough on the M80 Ring Road Use Melrose Drive (for M80) and Mickleham Road for the Tullamarine Fwy
English Street outbound exit ramp If you are on the Tullamarine Freeway and want to go to Matthews Avenue, Airport West or Essendon Fields. Use the Melrose Drive exit.
English Street bridge eastbound If you are on the Tullamarine Freeway heading towards the airport, or on Matthews Avenue and want to go to Essendon Fields Use the Melrose Drive exit and Wirraway Road
English Street bridge westboundIf you are leaving Essendon Fields via English StreetUse the inbound entry ramp (city) and Bulla Road to u-turn (Matthews Ave / Airport West)
English Street bridge full closureIf you are trying to get into or out of Essendon Fields, or if you are trying to access Matthews AvenueUse Wirraway Road to get in and out of Essendon Fields. Use the Melrose Drive / Wirraway Road exits to access Matthews Ave.

Ongoing freeway lane closures

There will be ongoing lane closures on the Tullamarine Freeway as we continue widening works. Please take care around this area and observe the speed limit signs.


If you have any questions about this detour then contact us on 1300 783 947 (select option 2) or