The Eastern Distributor is a 6 km motorway and an important link in Sydney’s orbital motorway network. It features a 1.7 km 'double deck' tunnel, with southbound lanes running underneath the northbound lanes. When you use the Eastern Distributor, you bypass 19 sets of traffic lights and save on travel time.
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Entries and exits
|Southern Cross Drive, South Kensington||Yes||No|
|Moore Park Road/Anzac Parade, Paddington||Yes||No|
|South Dowling Street (from Cleveland Street/Fitzroy Street), Surrey Hills||Yes||No|
|William Street/Palmer Street (to Cross City Tunnel), Darlinghurt||No||Yes|
|Macquarie Street, Sydney||No||Yes|
|Cahill Expressway (to Harbour Bridge and Tunnel)||No||Yes|
|Cahill Expressway (from Harbour Bridge and Tunnel)||Yes||No|
|William Street/Palmer Street, Darlinghurst||No||Yes|
|William Lane/Bourke Street, Woolloomooloo||Yes||No|
|Cross City Tunnel, Darlinghurst||Yes||No|
|Moore Park Road/ Anzac Parade, Paddington||Yes||No|
|South Dowling Street (to Dacey Avenue/Todman Avenue), Surrey Hills||No||Yes|
|Southern Cross Drive, South Kensington||No|
The Eastern Distributor clearance height is 4.4 m. Do not enter the tunnel if you are driving an over-height vehicle and observe roadside signs for the alternative route provided.
NSW Health advises that closing your windows and switching your vehicle ventilation to re-circulate will further reduce your exposure to vehicle emissions. These benefits can be achieved whether or not your air conditioning system is in use
Variable speed limits
To improve safety and traffic flow, from October 10 2016 variable speed limits are being introduced on the Eastern Distributor.
Speeds are matched to travel and driving conditions, particularly when there is an incident on the network. Variable speed limits are enforceable and must be obeyed.
To ensure motorists are aware of the current speed, there has been a substantial increase in the number of speed limit signs. There will be 19 southbound variable speed limits signs and 17 in the northbound direction.
The standard speed limit for the Eastern Distributor will remain 80km/h. Variable speed limits already operate in Sydney’s Lane Cove and M5 East Tunnels.