The Andrews Labor Government have claimed that travel times have improved on Punt Road “by an average of 40-per-cent” since permanent 24/7 clearways were created two weeks ago.
Previously, clearways only operated weekdays during peak hour on Punt Road – one of Melbourne’s most critical north-south city bypasses.
The most significant improvements have been outside of peak periods and on weekends where the average time dropped by 40-per-cent since late August.
Roads Minister Luke Donellann said:
- The early trend suggests when you’re journeying along Punt Road outside of peak periods, it’s going to take between 4 and 6 minutes almost every time.
- On a Saturday afternoon, motorists would once spend around ten minutes travelling along Punt Road from Alexander Avenue to High Street.
- The same Saturday afternoon journey has so far been reduced to five minutes.
- At 3pm on schooldays, motorists could spend 13 minutes travelling along Punt Road, from High Street to Alexander Avenue. Last week, with 24/7 clearways in place, that same trip at that same time took an average of five minutes – from start to finish.