Melbourne Airport update

Jul 01 2016

Nine million passenger arrived at Melbourne Airport between May 2015 and April 2016 – the highest number ever recorded in one year (the previous highest number was eight million between December 2013 and November 2014). This figure is equal to one passenger for every home in Melbourne, four times the number of cars in Australia and almost the entire population of United Arab Emirates!

This milestone says a lot about the desirability of Melbourne, and Victoria more broadly, with millions of people visiting each year for work, study and business. With an increase of 2.7% compared to last year, 2,036,738 domestic passengers arrived this April.

Taxis are very often the first point of contact travellers have outside of the airport terminal and by providing a top quality service, we have the opportunity to make people’s arrival in Victoria a positive experience.

The CityLink Tulla Widening project is underway.

The purpose of this project is to increase capacity, reduce travel times and improve safety on CityLink and the Tullamarine Freeway.

A number of upgrades will happen across the 24 km of road from Melbourne Airport to Power Street. They include:

  • 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 major works are being carried out at night, when there's less traffic. There will be lane closures, entry and exit ramp closures and occasionally freeway closures with detours in place. As a result, it is anticipated that it will take longer to get to Melbourne Airport during the evening. Please ensure that you allow extra time for your journey and let your passengers know.

It's a good idea to plan ahead. You can check @vicroads and @citylinkmelb on Twitter and look up the live travel times on the VicRoads website for the latest updates.

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