The Age takes the east-west morning peak hour challenge
November 27, 2014
The Age takes the east-west morning peak hour challenge. Darren Gray. November 27, 2014
The East West peak-hour challenge
Reporter Darren Gray woke up with the sparrows on Wednesday to test how long it currently takes to drive from Melbourne’s outer eastern suburb of Chirnside Park to the airport during the morning peak.
Our peak hour drive starts in Champagne Rise, a quiet street in the outer eastern suburb of Chirnside Park almost 40 kilometres from Melbourne’s CBD. It’s nearly 7am, but the street is wide awake. At one house a man hangs up Christmas decorations as a young boy watches on, while across the road a man strides towards his car for the morning commute.
The Age departs Champagne Rise at 7.05am, on a journey to test what morning peak hour traffic is like for people who live in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs. For those who drive along the Eastern Freeway and into the CBD, or beyond the CBD and up CityLink to Melbourne Airport, we are observing how the traffic moves, what are the congestion hotspots and what happens at the end of the Eastern Freeway?
Wait your turn … The Eastern Freeway near Hoddle Street on the day of our test. Photo: Eddie Jim
For airport-bound vehicles and those heading to Flemington or nearby, what happens when three lanes become two, which then squeeze into one after crossing Royal Parade? In essence, we are examining what is the trip like right now for motorists who will benefit from the controversial multi-billion-dollar East West Link, if it is built? Continue Reading…