Toxic Custard newsletter, transport

Four minutes? Impossible!

I can't help noticing that when traffic is relatively light, this sign on Kings Way always it's 4 minutes to Williamstown Road. This seems as optimistically unlikely as those old Citylink travel time promises. Google Maps reckons it's 7.7 kilometres, and estimates a travel time without traffic of 6 minutes. The speed limit along the freeway and over the Westgate bridge is 80 km/h, which

Melbourne, Toxic Custard newsletter, transport

Photos: the loveliness of elevated roadways

It's easy when looking at aerial pictures to see the vast amounts of land taken up by freeway interchanges. (Pic: Google Maps) What is sometimes forgotten is the impact at ground level from elevated roadways. Here are some snaps from around South Melbourne -- which of course being inner-city, has some of the most valuable land in the country. I suppose there's a certain grace to the roa

transport

Yesterday’s Monash closure showed why a “backup for the Westgate” won’t work

Yesterday's closure of the Monash Freeway outbound at Warrigal Road due to an accident shows one reason why the "second river crossing"/"backup for the Westgate" idea wouldn't work. The Monash Freeway is 4 lanes for most of its length. So is Dandenong Road (aka the Princes Highway), which runs more-or-less parallel to it, and was recommended as an alternate route: [VicRoads spokeswoman Sa

driving

Grumble

Please note that I'm away for a couple of days, and may not be able to approve comments that fall into the moderation queue while away. I don't drive as much as many people, but one trip I do regularly is from my place to Marita's (in Footscray), generally with a big box of fruit+veg from her favourite green grocer in Ripponlea. There are two principal ways of doing it, to avoid the CBD: