We've switched on the signals on the Calder Freeway entry ramps

20 June 2018

As part of the new freeway management system, we've switched on signals on the inbound entry ramps from Kings Road to McNamara Avenue.

A major component of our project is the installation of a freeway management system (FMS).

The FMS allows us to manage the flow of traffic. This reduces congestion, improves safety and makes your travel times more consistent.

You'll already have seen the overhead lane-use management signs on CityLink. They let you know the current speed and, when there's an incident ahead, tell you when a lane is closed.

As part of the continued rollout of the FMS, we've switched on signals on the inbound entry ramps at:

  • Kings Road
  • Melton Highway
  • Green Gully Road
  • Keilor Park Drive
  • Moorna Drive
  • McNamara Avenue.

As a large volume of traffic on the southern part of the Tullamarine Freeway comes from the Calder Freeway, these ramp signals will enable us to control the flow of traffic onto the motorway. Merging is much easier and traffic on the motorway is able to maintain a higher speed. This reduces the slow-downs and congestion that we often experience at the end of the entry ramps.

In peak times, this might mean you'll take a little longer to get onto the motorway. But this will be more than made up for by the faster flowing traffic on the motorway itself.

We've also added plenty of extra space to the ramps to help prevent congestion on the approach roads.

The signals will generally only operate when traffic is heavy. Message signs on the ramp will let you know when they are on.

And remember, only one vehicle in each lane should enter the motorway on a green signal.