Celebrating Peninsula Link's completion
'Having bought our block of land in 1970, I had always seen the proposed freeway marked in the Melways. I have watched with enormous interest in the construction in Seaford and Frankston North almost daily. I think it is wonderful to see something growing before my eyes' - Dawn
After almost three years since construction began on Peninsula Link, the long awaited 27km link from Carrum Downs to Mt Martha opened to traffic on 18 January 2013.
People can now travel to and from the Peninsula without encountering a single traffic light and bypassing up to nine sets of traffic lights and six major roundabouts. Roads like Frankston Freeway and Moorooduc Highway are experiencing less traffic, making a huge difference to locals who currently face congestion every day.
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The freeway was first proposed in 1969 and a lot has happened in the Peninsula Link corridor since then. With construction starting in 2010 and now complete in 2013, the landscape of the area has changed dramatically.
To celebrate this great milestone, we invite you to share your memories, experiences and images of the project over the past four decades, particularly during construction, as a digital history of the project and the transformation of the local community.
If you have any general concerns or queries relating to Peninsula Link please ask us a question via our Q&A page.
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Why isn't there signage indicating exit's to the township of Baxter? Having indured the works over the previous 3 years directly through Baxter I'm amazed at the lack of acknowledgement that Baxter actually exsist's. Exit 15 indicates exit to Somerville. Why? The exit actually has you driving directly into Baxter. In fact I have already had 2 diferent friends miss the exit for Baxter due to the lack of signage. This of course mean't on both occasions my friends were forced to continue onto the exit at Bungower Rd. and double back.Also on the same exit ramp where no noise barriers are present why wasn't there signage to trucks to avoid using air/exhaust brakes? I invite you to sit at our place in the quiet of evening only to be interuppted by these inconsiderate truck drivers. My final question is to the designers of this so called fantastic link. Why and who signed off on this roadway as a 2 lane freeway in each direction? Totally inadequate for the ever growing local population and holiday traffic. How long will it be until local residents and roadusers in general are made to suffer further works and worst of all further expense in the future to widen this roadway? My guess it was the same person who decided to cut 2 lanes of traffic from and to the Frankston Fwy into 1 lane for 50 metres. Brilliant.at 10 Mar 2013, 5:31pm
Thank you for contacting us about Peninsula Link.
The signage installed on Peninsula Link was primarily based on advice from VicRoads so that it would be consistent with other major freeways and roads in the surrounding area. While it can be difficult to meet the needs of all road users given motorists are always travelling to different destinations, we try to capture the bulk of movements so that the highly visited areas are reflected on the signs.
Together with VicRoads and Southern Way, we are continuing to review the signage on Peninsula Link. One of the matters raised with VicRoads was whether it would approve the installation of a specific sign to Baxter. While this request was declined, we will continue to monitor the need for such a sign as part of our broader signage review. We will also forward your suggestion about truck braking signage onto our traffic engineers.
You might be interested to know that the road operator, Southern Way will be doing some noise monitoring over the next couple of months. We would be happy to talk to you about your noise circumstances if you could call us on 8562 6800.
Peninsula Link was designed with two lanes in each direction, which is expected to be sufficient based on long range traffic and population predictions for the area. We do understand that there have been peaks in traffic particularly after its opening and during the holiday periods. We will continue to monitor traffic levels on the new freeway to ensure it is operating effectively.Linking Melbourne Authority at 14 Mar 2013, 9:24am
We wondered if there could be some noise monitoring taken as the noise of the trucks is much more intrusive than we thought, especially with regard to the back bedroom of our house where my daughter sleeps. She is in Year 12 and sleep hygiene is very important.at 26 Feb 2013, 8:50pm
Thank you for your query regarding noise on Peninsula Link.
Private road operator Southern Way will be doing some noise monitoring over the next couple of months so it would be good if you could give us a call on 8562 6800 so we can get some more details on your location. There are noise standards for new freeways in Victoria and the monitoring will confirm if these standards are being met. You can read more about them here http://www.vicroads.vic.gov.au/Home/Moreinfoandservices/Environment/Noise.htmLinking Melbourne Authority at 28 Feb 2013, 4:50pm
To what extent will the banks of the freeway be "forested"? So many trees and native shrubs have been removed from the Skye Road area and it is a barren wilderness with what appears to be ONLY small grass and shrub plantings so far.at 26 Feb 2013, 3:21pm
Hi and thanks for your question. The landscaping and planting will really ramp up in Autumn months, as the summer weather has not been ideal for establishing plants. There will be more than 1.7 million trees and shrubs planted in total along Peninsula Link once the landscaping is completed.Linking Melbourne Authority at 27 Feb 2013, 3:15pm
I am very disapponted with the gradients on the bike path, and the diversion of the Baxter trail where it used to follow the railway and now diverts north to a separate bridge. It would seem as if the person who designed the gradients has never been on a bike, or has some bad feeling towards cyclists as the route takes every opportunity to climb or decend for little apparent reason. Sure the track has to at least follow the general gradient of the road, but not the many ups and downs of the new track. Any reason ? This track does nothing to encourage greater use of pedal power. I also note that the track ends near the golf course in a quite unusable sandy track. Will this ever be completed properly ??at 7 Feb 2013, 5:02pm
Thank you for your questions. We acknowledge that the diversion of the Baxter Trail lengthens the path slightly, however this design increases the safety for users by separating the path from the rail line, while providing better access to the majority of residents who live on the western side of Peninsula Link.
There was a considerable effort to minimise the gradient of Peninsula Link Trail, which was challenging given the existing environment. Most of the path has a gradient of three per cent or less, although there are steeper sections of up to five per cent between Cranbourne Rd and Golf Links Rd, and on the approaches to the cross roads.
You will also notice that section of the trail through the Pines has not yet been constructed and the trail ends at Ballarto and Skye Roads. A temporary walking and cycling path will be created through the Pines later this month and will remain in place until the route of a permanent one is determined with environmental considerations in mind and approval from environmental authorities. This temporary path will be gravel and unsealed, which would make it suitable for mountain bikes or walkers.
We appreciate your feedback and hope you continue to use the Peninsula Link Trail.Linking Melbourne Authority at 12 Feb 2013, 10:18am
Earthworks at Loders Road are continuing and are carried out at night. How long is this going to go on because it is creating a noise nuisance?at 7 Feb 2013, 4:28pm
Thank you for contacting us. We are not aware of any earthworks happening around the Loders Road area at night. However the site there is being used as a base for works further south and will continue until the end of March. We would be happy to talk to you further about this to better understand your circumstances. Please don't hesitate to call us on 8562 6800.Linking Melbourne Authority at 14 Feb 2013, 9:42am
Just moved to Somerville from Baxter a week before Xmas and new road is great. Have used it approx 35 times. However am very unhappy about timing of filter light to access Pen.Link from Cranbourne Rd approaching from west past Karingal Hub SC to travel south back to Somerville. On most occasions only 3 or 4 cars get through leaving loads of cars to wait for light change again. 6 or 7 times I have had to endure 3 or 4 light changes to get through ending in a huge stream of traffic behind me. The filter is not co-ordinated with the oncoming Cranbourne Rd traffic or traffic coming from McClelland Drive. If the first or second car waiting with me does not move straight away on the green, the light changes too quickly to red. It is becoming very frustrating and I have experienced this nearly everyday since opening as I am a carer and visit a mental patient daily in Frankston off Cranbourne Rd. On a few occasions it seems okay so I am not sure exactly what is wrong but it needs to be investigated. Also I have had several friends visit from town and they all remark that BAXTER seems to have disappeared as there is virtually no mention of it on main signage boards, only a small reference when you cross over Baxter- Tooradin Rd...all signs say Frankston Sth or Somerville and it can be very misleading to non-locals! Also they advised that Hastings does not seem to appear on main signs and it is the largest town on Westernport Bay?at 1 Feb 2013, 7:48pm
Hi and thanks for your feedback.
We have reported your query to the traffic control team at VicRoads and they have now modified the right turn traffic light sequence from Cranbourne Road onto Peninsula Link southbound. We hope this change will help improve the traffic flow for this movement. If you still encounter any problems with these traffic signals, we encourage you to let us know or report the issue directly to the VicRoads traffic operations team by calling 13 11 70.
In regards to your comment about signage on Peninsula Link, this was primarily based on advice from VicRoads so that it would be consistent with other major freeways and roads in the surrounding area. While it can be difficult to meet the needs of all road users given motorists are always travelling to different destinations, we try to capture the bulk of movements so that the highly visited areas are reflected on the signs. We have commenced a process of reviewing signage on Peninsula Link, and together with VicRoads and Southern Way, we will then make any changes that are deemed necessary.
Your feedback is very welcome and will be considered as part of this review.
Thank you again for your comments and for bringing these particular issues to our attention.Linking Melbourne Authority at 8 Feb 2013, 1:01pm