New road streamlines arrivals for faster departures

Melbourne Airport is streamlining road access with a new $70 million elevated road connecting the Tullamarine Freeway directly to the Terminal 4 Transport Hub.

The road known as Naarm Way opens on Tuesday 18 July and will change the way travellers access the Terminal 4 ground transport hub from the freeway.

The road provides a new dedicated exit which eliminates all intersections between the freeway and Terminal 4 and represents Melbourne Airport’s largest road investment since Airport Drive opened in 2015.

Melbourne Airport Chief of Ground Transport Jai McDermott said the airport is making significant investments in infrastructure to improve the traveller experience.

“We are focused on becoming Australia’s favourite airport destination and our road network is a key part of that,” he said.

“We’re making it easier for drivers to access Terminal 4 by removing the need for cars to navigate roundabouts and traffic lights on their way in.

“This new link will be of particular benefit to passengers flying on Jetstar domestic, Rex and Bonza flights, and we’d encourage people to pay attention to the new road layout as they arrive at the airport.”

Seymour Whyte General Manager Southern Region Courtney Hoops is proud of the partnership Seymour Whyte and Melbourne Airport have been able to forge and overcome challenges the project has faced including the impacts of Covid.

 “We have enjoyed the collaboration with Melbourne Airport to deliver the first stage of the two-stage elevated road project, whilst minimising impacts and disruptions on passengers during construction.”

Naarm Way is the first stage of Melbourne Airport’s elevated road system.

Early works have commenced on Stage 2, which will deliver a new road connecting motorists from Naarm Way to the T123 carpark and a new dedicated pick-up and drop-off zone on levels 2 and 3 of the carpark structure.

Stage 2 is designed to improve the flow of traffic during peak periods and is expected to be complete in 2026.