Important traffic information for MotoGP this weekend
An estimated crowd of 90,000 is expected at Phillip Island this weekend for the 2022 Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix.
Delays are likely heading to and from the island on routes such as the Monash Highway, South Gippsland Highway and Bass Highway for the three-day event.
The following road closures will be in place on Phillip Island beginning the afternoon of Thursday, October 13:
- Thompson Avenue, Cowes between Chapel Street and the Esplanade
- The Esplanade, Cowes between Bass Avenue and Warley Avenue
- Gap Road (south of Back Beach Road) will be closed to all traffic except Catch-A-Coach services from Friday October 14 to Sunday October 16
- Gap Road (north of Back Beach Road) will be closed to all traffic except to vehicles accredited for the event and where local access is required from Friday 14th to Sunday 16th October.
All roads will be reopened on the morning of Monday 17 October.
On Thursday, October 13, hundreds of bikers will take part in the 18e Barry Sheene Tribute Ride traveling from Bairnsdale to Phillip Island, with a stopover in Morwell.
Drivers traveling between Bairnsdale and Phillip Island at this time are encouraged to be mindful of additional motorcyclists along the Princes Highway and South Gippsland Highway.
To ensure vehicles leave Phillip Island safely and efficiently after Moto GP on Sunday 16 October, the ‘blue line’ road marking system will be in place on the Phillip Island Road lane towards Melbourne.
The Blue Line adds an additional traffic lane for vehicles exiting Phillip Island using the emergency lane, doubling the capacity of the route.
Drivers and passengers have a shared responsibility to keep each other safe.
Motorcyclists are allowed to ride two abreast, alongside another rider, up to 1.5 meters apart.
Lane sharing, the practice of motorcyclists moving at high speeds between moving vehicles, is not legal in Victoria.
However, lane filtering, traveling up to 30 km/h in stopped or slow traffic, has been authorized since 2015.
Travel options from Melbourne to Phillip Island include:
- Rail services connecting Southern Cross Station to Stony Point to catch the connecting ferry, and with Dandenong to catch a regional bus
- Coach services departing from Southern Cross Coach Station, Thursday to Monday
- Ferry services between Stony Point and Cowes
- Regional bus services operating from Dandenong and Cape Paterson/Inverloch/Wonthaggi
Visitors can find out more and plan their trip on the event website at motogp.com.au/travel/getting-here
Real-time traffic conditions are available at traffic.vicroads.vic.gov.au or through the VicTraffic mobile app. The latest information on public transport and network status is available at ptv.vic.gov.au or in the PTV mobile application.