Posted on 19. Apr, 2010 in Clayton Update

Motorists in the south-eastern suburbs are benefiting from the progressive opening of the Monash Freeway as part of the $1.39 billion M1 Upgrade Project, Roads and Ports Minister Tim Pallas said today.

Mr Pallas was at the Monash Freeway in Chadstone today and said drivers were experiencing significant travel time savings for trips in the outer suburbs along the M1 corridor.

“The M1 Upgrade project is a vital part of the Brumby Labor Government’s plan to build a better transport system for Victoria, so people can spend less time in traffic and more time with family,” Mr Pallas said.

“With the activation of the state-of-the-art freeway management system, and the completion of works on the Monash Freeway section of the project – including the additional lane in each direction – motorists in the outer suburbs are already enjoying the benefits.

“Local residents who drive to the city are benefiting from travel time saving of up to 10 minutes heading outbound between the CityLink tunnels and Warrigal Road.

“The upgrade is also helping local businesses, with access improved from the outer suburbs to Chadstone and Monash University.

“It’s now up to 10 minutes quicker in the morning peak to reach these destinations from areas such as Dandenong and Doveton, which will help reduce transport costs and support the local economy and jobs.”

Burwood MP Bob Stensholt welcomed the benefits for local motorists and said the M1 upgrade was improving travel for people who regularly used the road corridor.

“People are beginning to experience the changes to this major arterial road and importantly, benefiting from safer, quicker and easier travel,” he said.

Oakleigh MP Ann Barker said with the traffic management system activated on the Monash Freeway last December, motorists in suburbs such as Oakleigh, Hughesdale, Glen Iris and Camberwell were starting to notice the differences to traffic flow. 

“The sophisticated new system with 24-hour monitoring, automatic incident detection, overhead speed and lane signs on parts of the road and traffic signals at entry ramps, is delivering improvements in traffic flow,” she said.

Mr Pallas said motorists were also benefiting from improved travel on other parts of the corridor.

“Latest data shows average travel speeds between Toorak and Jacksons Roads in the afternoon have gone from 42 km/h to 85 km/h, and from 68 km/h to 87 km/h in the morning peak,” he said.

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