Motorists will soon be able to travel at up to 100kmh on the Tullamarine Freeway thanks to lobbying by RACV.
A top limit of 80kmh was set during the Citylink Tulla Widening Project and was planned to continue after the works finished.
But in December, RACV called on the state government to initiate a “dynamic speed” trial capped at 100kmh – similar to last year’s successful Monash Freeway trial – once the Tullamarine works were complete.
This week the state government announced a six-month trial that will see speed limits increase to 100kmh between Bulla Road and the Bolte Bridge in off-peak periods when road conditions are safe.
Road sensors and CCTV installed as part of the widening project will be used to monitor the freeway, altering speed limits via overhead electronic signs to match the road and traffic conditions.
Bryce Prosser, RACV’s general manager of public policy and corporate affairs, says the trial is a win for Victorian motorists.
“The technological enhancements made as part of the Tullamarine upgrade works have made the Tullamarine Freeway safer, allowing for the speed limit cap to be increased to 100kmh where appropriate without compromising safety.”
The Tullamarine works, which are increasing capacity from six to eight lanes in order to cut travel times, will finish later this year.