Driving & Traffic

It’s only consultations at this stage, not construction. Not even the QLD Govt could do that!

My bad :sweat_smile:

Obviously the southern portal of the new tunnel should join the existing AirportlinkM7 at Kedron.


Looks like the Queensland Government is about to launch Digital Drivers licences to all of Qld.

They’re sending out alerts for people to download the app#qldpol @9NewsQueensland pic.twitter.com/zM0lyy1AhJ

— Tim Arvier (@TimArvier9) October 31, 2023


The first two stages of Sydney Gateway project will open this month with the one-way eastbound overpass to domestic terminals opening this Sunday (November 12), followed by the eastbound Twin Arch Bridge the following Sunday (November 19).

I think Qantas Drive should have stayed open for trucks, inter-terminal transfer buses and emergency vehicles, when the project is complete. It will be useful if there is an accident on the overpass, delaying traffic. Also it will be interesting to see what will happen to the northern car park across the Alexandra Canal with Qantas Drive closed between the new roads (it is currently used as staff parking for Sydney Gateway project site office).


And the new Rozelle Interchange for the M4/M8 in Sydney’s inner west is set to open before the end of the year as well.

Good luck working out where all these tunnels (between Leichhardt and Rozelle) go!


It took until the construction of Rozelle interchange for a direct link between M4 and Anzac Bridge to come into fruition. It is a giant S-curve rather than a smooth arc, but it’s better than nothing.


And it finally means a more direct traffic light free drive from the Blue Mountains to the CBD.

Looks like it will be Nov 24

The 12 axed Victorian infrastructure projects

  • Melbourne Inland Rail Intermodal Terminal
  • Calder Freeway upgrades from Gap Road to the M80 Ring Road, Sunbury
  • Intersection upgrade to the intersection of Camberwell Road, Monteath Avenue and Redfern Road, Hawthorn East
  • Rail upgrade from Frankston to Baxter
  • Geelong Fast Rail
  • Shepparton Bypass stage one on the Goulburn Valley Highway
  • Connectivity improvements to the Port of Melbourne
  • Upgrade to the intersection of McKoy Street and the Hume Freeway, West Wodonga
  • Upgrade to the Mornington Peninsula Freeway
  • Heavy vehicle alternative route, Rutherglen
  • Victorian Faster Rail Corridor investigations
  • Upgrade to the Western Freeway between the M80 Ring Road to Ferris Road, Melton


About 400 projects have survived the chopping block and are expected to be completed or substantially developed over the next 10 years including the Melbourne Airport Rail Link, the Milton Ulladulla Bypass and a Tasman Bridge upgrade in Hobart, with no overall cut to the $120 billion infrastructure pipeline.

The government is also tipping in additional funding to 11 projects, including South Australia’s North-South Corridor ($2.7 billion), Queensland’s Logan-Gold Coast Faster Rail ($1.75 billion) and Western Australia’s Metronet ($1 billion).




It currently takes about 2hrs and 50 minutes for me to drive from Bathurst into Darling Harbour (Close enough to the CBD).

Considering less then a decade ago it took 3.5hrs, these small incremental reductions in travel time are well worth it.

It took around 4 hours in the early 2000s!


If only crossing the Blue Mountains wasnt a bottleneck!


Google Maps isn’t recognising it yet either, they are usually one of the first to include new roads.

Leichhardt to Darling Harbour on Google is still sending me there via the Airport interchange at St Peters! :rofl:

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I really do wonder who has been pushing the whole “confusing spaghetti junction” angle…

I’ve only seen it mentioned in the media.

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its the Sydney Morning Herald - they keep talking about it being incredibly difficult, but fail to mention that a large number of the tunnels aren’t for vehicles.

They’ve been progressively adding it this week - it’s in the map, it’s just not routable yet.


I guess any change is going to be slightly confusing. I drove along the new Airport Drive last week. When you’re driving from the International terminal towards the Domestic Terminal, the road has been diverted away from the airport perimeter and over a bridge across the canal.

It’s designed to also link to WestConnex and M8 so it feels like you’re driving towards the city but then you reach a turn off which takes you back towards the Domestic Terminal. First time, it nearly freaked me out because I thought it was taking way out completely of my way, but the next time it was too easy.