Do you save time in the new Rozelle Tunnel? We find out

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Drive was tasked with seeing what the new Rozelle Interchange and Iron Cove Link are like and if it saves you time, but what happens if you take the wrong exit?

The tunnel or Iron Cove Link which is part of Sydney’s $16.8 billion WestConnex system bypasses seven traffic lights on Victoria Road, starting at the Iron Cove Bridge and emerging onto the Anzac Bridge. It also gives motorists a faster journey to the airport via the M8 tunnel. 

In peak times it is set to improve the run for city-bound commuters, however signage for the bypass has caused confusion since its opening on November 26. The tunnel signs give the impression that it is a toll road, but while the tunnel does connect through to the tolled M8, the city-bound lanes are free to use. 

In our test at 11:00am on a weekday, the tunnel only saved us six seconds compared to Victoria Road. In fairness to the tunnel, it was a good run above ground, with only one red light and very light traffic. 

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Driving the Iron Cove Link is straightforward and accidentally ending up on the M8 toll road isn’t a big issue, as you would need to take the well-marked exit off the city-bound lanes.

If you were to end up on the M8 by accident, the first exit is some six minutes and $5.65 in tolls away in St Peters. 

Around 100,000 vehicles are expected to use the Rozelle interchange each day, and during peak times it will hopefully save you more than a few seconds in the process. 

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