Posts Tagged ‘freeways’

The City Ring Road that Melbourne never built

If you think Melbourne is a city already strangled by freeways, then this 1954 proposal for a City Ring Road will surely make you feel that we dodged a bullet. Included as part of the 1954 Melbourne Metropolitan Planning Scheme, the City Ring Road was for a controlled access road that would encircle the entire […]

And you thought St Kilda Junction looked bad?

St Kilda Junction is a horrible place to navigate on foot, with a tangle of concrete flyovers carrying speeding cars and trams over a network of dingy pedestrian subways. But believe it or not, it could have been even worse. That is something hard to believe while approaching by car. Or driving through the underpasses. […]

SkyBus – remember 20 minutes to the airport?

There was once a time when SkyBus would whisk you from the Melbourne CBD to the airport in just 20 minutes – but thanks to traffic congestion and a lack of bus priority, that is now a distant memory. So what went wrong? Born out of the airline operated shuttle bus services that operated out […]

Google Maps mangling Melbourne’s freeway interchanges

Digital maps have taken over from traditional paper street directories and fold out maps, but it doesn’t mean the information made available to the reader is any better, if my recent experiences with Google Maps are anything to go by.

Southbound on the Bolte Bridge at the West Gate Freeway interchange

Then and now on the Western Ring Road

Today it is hard to imagine getting around the western suburbs of Melbourne without the Western Ring Road, but there was a time it didn’t exist – with the first stage opened in 1992.

New signage citybound on the Tullamarine Freeway at the Western Ring Road