Melbourne Airport is addressing growing traffic congestion by building an elevated loop road network, which will separate public traffic from commercial transport operators.
The two-stage project will create a more streamlined exit from the Tullamarine freeway to all four terminals, meaning travellers will no longer need to navigate roundabouts or traffic lights to access the pick-up, drop-off and parking areas.
The project is being delivered in two stages and adds a total of around 1.6km of road to the airport network.
Stage 1 – T4 Express Link
Stage 1 was approved by the Federal Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development in 2019 and provides a new direct connection from the Tullamarine Freeway into the T4 ground transport hub.
T4 Express Link, also known as Naarm Way, was opened on 18 July 2023.
This stage of the project primarily benefits travellers flying Jetstar, Rex and Bonza which operate out of Terminal 4.
Stage 2 – T123 and Forecourt
Stage 2 of the project delivers a new dedicated passenger pick-up and drop-off zone within the T123 parking structure, and a grade separation of the airport’s busiest intersection at Terminal Drive and Centre Road.
New exit ramps will be built from the T123 parking structure taking traffic from Level 3 directly onto Departure Drive and from Level 2 onto Melbourne Drive.
The current forecourt will be closed to private vehicles but will remain open to commercial vehicles including Skybus, taxi/rideshare pick-up and shuttle bus services.
This stage was approved by the Federal Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government in 2021.