Normally when travelling at Christmas to my brother's in the swamps of Langwarrin in the past we would use the Monash Freeway and then the Western Port Highway, or Nepean Highway, Wells Road and Frankston Freeway. The latter route often ended up with us sitting in stationary traffic at the freeway's end and we did learn a route from the North Frankston exit to avoid most of the stationary traffic.
But bless the State Governments. Firstly East Link opened to take us directly to the Frankston Freeway from the Monash Freeway and then bless them even more, we were given Peninsular Link, with brother's house just five minutes from an exit. The last couple of trips we have taken to his place took barely 45 minutes, cutting perhaps 20 minutes off the really old time.
So no problem getting there this Christmas.......we thought. Not to be. Build a freeway and the cars will come. Before Thompson Road the traffic on East Link slowed to a crawl and the crawl continued all the way to the Frankston Cranbourne Road exit. "Shoulda caught the train", I remarked to R. It is quite a plausible option and certainly less stressful, but would have taken longer, even when picked by someone from Frankston Station. I think our travel time was almost doubled. I need a cunning road plan if heading that way next Christmas.
Anyway, we had a lovely Christmas Day, but have I ever mentioned in the past that our population is already too high and growing too quickly?