The Victorian Government have committed funding in the 2021-22 budget to commence planning for the upgrade of Bulla Road Interchange (Tullamarine Freeway) in the suburbs of Strathmore and Essendon North.

Planning is investigating solutions to improve traffic flow and travel times for road users travelling on, off and over the Tullamarine Freeway in Melbourne’s inner northern suburbs.

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We're currently undertaking planning and development work to inform the upgrade of Bulla Road Interchange. This includes traffic modelling, social studies and environmental investigations.

This development work will allow us to understand environmental and social impacts, develop design options and confirm scope and costs of different options.

Timelines and milestones for the upgrade will be determined through this planning work. A Business Case is currently being developed and is anticipated to be finalised in 2022.

What we heard

From November to December 2021, we asked for community and business feedback on a potential upgrade to Bulla Road Interchange via Engage Victoria. Thank you to everyone who took the time to provide feedback.

Your feedback has helped us understand how people are currently using the interchange as well as views on access, efficiency, and safety.

Feedback highlighted the need to improve safety, traffic flow and congestion.

  • 90% of community respondents support a potential future upgrade
  • 72% of business respondents support a potential future upgrade
  • 88% of respondents are currently dissatisfied or very dissatisfied with traffic flow
  • 26% of respondents currently walk or cycle over the Bulla Road bridge. There is strong support for improvements to help make walking and cycling a more attractive travel option.

For information on what we heard, please read our consultation report (PDF, 2.5 MB).

Feedback is being considered in our planning and will help shape the development of design options for the interchange upgrade.