Ministers for the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities The Hon Michael McCormack MP Deputy Prime MinisterMinister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie Minister for Regional ServicesMinister for SportMinister for Local Government and Decentralisation The Hon Alan Tudge MP Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population The Hon Sussan Ley MP Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories The Hon Andrew Broad MP Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Scott Buchholz MP Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport The Hon Barnaby Joyce MPFormer Deputy Prime MinisterFormer Minister for Infrastructure and Transport The Hon Dr John McVeigh MPFormer Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government The Hon Keith Pitt MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Damian Drum MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Senator the Hon Fiona Nash Former Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Darren Chester MP Former Minister for Infrastructure and TransportFormer A/g Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer A/g Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Warren Truss MP Former Deputy Prime Minister Former Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development The Hon Paul Fletcher MP Former Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities The Hon Jamie Briggs MP Former Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

New exit open this week on CityLink Tulla Widening project

Media Release

PF088/2018

18 August 2018

Joint release with:

Luke Donnellan

Victorian Minister for Roads and Road Safety

James Paterson

Senator for Victoria

Ben Carroll

Victorian Member for Niddrie

  • New, earlier outbound English Street exit and separated road set to open next week
  • Drivers will benefit from reduced congestion and improved safety as exiting traffic is given dedicated lanes from Bulla Road
  • English Street exit is the final, major piece of the CityLink Tulla Widening project ahead of work to open up the last section of new lane between Bulla Road and English Street

The final, major piece of the CityLink Tulla Widening project in Essendon is due to open to drivers next week.

The revamped outbound Bulla Road and English Street exit features a separated road through to English Street and Matthews Avenue.

Federal Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities Paul Fletcher said the opening of the exit marks an exciting milestone which will allow the final new outbound lane to be opened between Bulla Road and Essendon Fields.

“The CityLink Tulla Widening is boosting capacity by 30 per cent which is easing congestion and improving travel times—so far, drivers are saving an average 13-and-a-half minutes on an average 8am weekday trip inbound from Melbourne Airport to Bolte Bridge,” Mr Fletcher said.

Victorian Minister for Roads and Road Safety Luke Donnellan said that drivers wanting to get off the freeway at English Street will need to follow the signs to a new, earlier exit when the interchange opens on Wednesday.

“We know that these changes will take some getting used to, so we're asking drivers to be aware of the earlier exits, follow the new signage and take extra care when these interchanges open,” Mr Donnellan said.

Liberal Senator for Victoria James Paterson said the revamped Bulla Road and English Street exit required an extension to the Bulla Road bridge and a brand-new tunnel built under Bulla Road to unlock a route for the separated road.

“This tunnel is 36 metres in length, seven metres wide and six metres high and required crews to excavate more than 39,000 cubic metres of soil,” Senator Paterson said.

Victorian Member for Niddrie Ben Carroll said the new, earlier exit will make it safer and easier for drivers wanting to access Essendon Fields and Airport West.

“This new separated road will reduce dangerous merging and improve traffic flow on the Tulla, where we're already seeing massive travel time savings,” Mr Carroll said.

Similar, earlier exits and separated roads have been introduced at Bulla Road and Bell Street, as well as Mickleham Road and M80 Ring Road, where they have reduced unsafe queuing onto the Tullamarine Freeway.

Drivers will be given advanced notice of changed traffic conditions with 15 new, permanent overhead directional signs and ten additional electronic variable messaging signs to help them navigate the new exit.

Crews continue work to finalise the CityLink Tulla Widening project, which has so far included almost five million work hours, over 230,000 tonnes of asphalt and more than 52 kilometres of new line marking.

Travel times outbound to Melbourne Airport are expected to improve when the final section of new lane is opened to traffic early next month.

The CityLink Tulla Widening is a $1.3 billion-dollar investment jointly funded by the Australian and Victorian Governments and Transurban, the operator of CityLink. The final section is being delivered by Victoria's Major Road Projects Authority.