Friday, December 26, 2014

Christmas Day Trial

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?

10 comments:

  1. Cunning plan? Helicopter and get lowered in one of those harness things, travel home the same way. Tie a parachute to the sack of pressies and toss it out first.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. River, nothing so grand. Just use the old roads, but I like your way of thinking.

      Delete
  2. Andrew I think your country is not so densly populated. My country is overpopulated and traffic jams are normal every day.Number of cars are growing so quickly each Polish familiy has 3-4 cars and the problem is Poland is very small country comparing to yours.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Gosia, it is the same here. Australia is big but most people live in small areas along the coast as the rest of country is just desert.

      Delete
  3. If there was only a back way that took less time even if more kms, probably no such luck.
    As long as you got there safely, had a good time, and wasn't too late for dinner.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. WA, we go down that way maybe three times a year and our knowledge of local roads is poor. I could have found an alternative route if I knew of the congestion in advance.

      Delete
  4. My city is virtually deserted at Christmas. When I went out in the morning we reached town in about half the usual time. Which I much preferred.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. EC, we have just returned from food shopping and it was blissfully quiet.

      Delete
  5. I drove to Monterey (south of the airport) for my Christmas lunch and the traffic on General Holmes Drive around Botany Bay was as heavy, in both directions, if not heavier than any weekday peak period. Lunchtime Christmas Day in Sydney has traffic as bad as at any other time of day and year.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Victor, and then the traffic all disappears by about 1pm, I think. People go home at many different times, so not a problem then.

      Delete