New freeway link to cut traffic times

Melbourne's Peninsula Link Freeway will open tomorrow

January 17, 2013

Melbourne’s Peninsula Link Freeway will open tomorrow.

Linking EastLink in Carrum Downs to the Mornington Peninsula Freeway in Mount Martha, the freeway will open in time for the morning peak hour.

It will bypass nine sets of traffic lights and six major roundabouts that exist on the current route.

Victorian Premier Ted Baillieu says a full trip on Peninsula Link will take 17 minutes, saving around 40 minutes in peak periods.

"It is expected that the Frankston Freeway and Moorooduc Highway will also experience up to 30 percent less traffic, which will make a huge difference to local families and businesses," Baillieu says.

It has been 40 years since the project was first earmarked and noted in the third edition of the Melway street directory as a future road corridor for the state, he adds.

"A lot has changed on the Peninsula over this time, with record population growth, Melbourne’s newest freeway will assist these communities to spend less time in traffic and more time with family and friends."

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