Cost of tolls for freight
Tolls on our roads are higher for large vehicles than for cars and motorcycles.
For example, in Sydney, large vehicles pay between two and three times the car toll, depending on the road.
The time savings large vehicles gain by using our roads is factored into these higher costs—as this the additional cost of wear-and-tear caused by heavy vehicles (more info on this here).
In Australia, you can use the Linkt toll calculators to see how much your travel will cost.
Choose your city and head over to Linkt to calculate toll costs on your chosen route.
Generating value for freight operators
Our toll roads have been purpose-built for freight vehicles. All road users benefit from the increased travel efficiency travel-time reliability, smoother travel and reduced vehicle wear-and-tear our roads deliver—but for freight operators, these benefits contribute to operational costs savings.
Roads with built-in travel efficiency
Efficiency is built into the design of our roads. With no traffic lights, freight can maintain steady speeds (and maximum fuel efficiency) for longer. And our road surfaces are maintained to high standards—encountering a pothole on a Transurban road is extremely unlikely.
Travel time savings
In FY22 our customers collectively saved 323,000 hours in travel time every work day by choosing our toll roads over the alternate route. For example, the following table, shows when travel time saved on our Sydney roads is highest, compared to the time it would take you on the alternate route.
For information about how much time, fuel and emissions toll roads could save you, check out the Linkt Trip Compare tool.
Road users save time travelling on our roads during both the first (AM) and second (PM) half of the day
Mitigating risks and delays
Our roads are also separated from cyclists and pedestrians, removing interface risks and travel delays.
And we also provide a rapid incident response service if there’s an incident on our roads—
keeping traffic moving, maintaining safe driving environment and helping our customers. This service is provided free-of-charge to our customers.
Most direct routes
Our roads generally provide the most direct route through (or underneath) cities or, in some cases, the quickest path around a city.
Further, our roads connect with critical transport and service hubs and with major roads and routes relied on by freight carriers.
And our roads are also twice as safe as like roads. Read more about our road safety performance on our safety page.
Preparing for a CAV-driven future
Connected and automated vehicles (CAVs) have the potential to transform the freight industry, helping to move more goods more often and better supporting the needs of operators, businesses and consumers. Paving the way for their ready adoption is a smart move—and we’re on the case at Transurban.
Our automated truck trial—conducted in on-road conditions on CityLink in Melbourne—is testing how the truck interfaces with the road’s embedded technology, as well as how our road technology shares its real-time traffic data with the truck.
Wear and tear explainer
Most Transurban roads are what’s known in road-construction circles as ‘flexible pavements’—they generally comprise four layers (or courses): the surface, base, subbase, and subgrade courses. Bridge and tunnel road surfaces are laid over a concrete structural base.
Flexible structures on high-speed, high-traffic motorways such as ours have a typical design life of 40 years. This means, once built, they’re expected to last 40 years. However, the surface course, the part of the road that’s visible, needs to be renewed throughout a road’s life. The surface renewal process ensures an ongoing high-quality riding surface for motorists—no potholes, cracks or rough surfaces. We conduct regular tests on all our road surfaces, to check these surfaces are performing as expected.
Laser and visual testing
Driving a vehicle, fitted with laser sensors and HD cameras, down each lane to record and measure the surface’s texture, profile and roughness and to find signs of wear-and-tear such as cracking and roughness.
Dropping a nominal 50kN load on to the road to measure pavement deflection and evaluate underlying pavement layers’ strength.
routine investigation machine (SCRIM) testing
Tests that capture the sideways force of a wetted test wheel travelling at 40–60km/h along each lane, measuring the road’s skid resistance.
Following each round of testing, we renew the sections of road that performed below our specifications/standards.
This ensures our roads perform with optimal efficiency and safety throughout their design life.
The costs associated with these renewal works are significant. And, as cities grow and freight demand increases, so does our maintenance task.
Clear roads ahead
Transurban’s roads are supported by a fleet of rapid incident response crews—teams that attend incidents and provide support to motorists, clear roads of debris and ensure traffic can slow smoothly while the incident is in progress.
We use traffic data to identify ‘hot spots’ to help determine where incident response vehicles should be positioned to ensure a fast response time. Incident response services are provided complimentary for all our customers.
Efficiency is built into the design of our roads. For example, our NorthConnex tunnels (Sydney) have been designed with a smoother and flatter road gradient. This gradient design enables freight carriers to maintain normal travel speeds within the tunnels, resulting in better fuel efficiency and reduced emissions. With all vehicles travelling at even speeds, lane-changing is also reduced, reducing the need for large vehicles to brake as other vehicles change lanes and overtake.
Economic benefits of toll roads
Delivering key road assets
Transurban’s roads, developed in partnership with both Australian and state governments (across all parties) are vital links connecting Australian cities’ road networks.
Often, we front up the money to build the roads cities need, enabling governments to spend their budgets on other key infrastructure (public transport, hospitals, schools and more).
We charge tolls, in part, to recoup the costs of building and operating these roads. But our roads also deliver broad economic benefits.
Business and freight economic benefits
The economic benefits of the roads we operate are significant, including to businesses and freight operators who use our roads. For example, Sydney’s toll road network will create $35.8 billion economic benefits over 30 years due to its accelerated delivery by the private sector. Businesses and freight users will realise an estimated $11.8 billion in benefits through travel-time savings, reliability gains and reduced operating costs.
Transurban's toll road network delivers an estimated:
total benefits to business and freight users
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