North East Link will finally connect Melbourne's freeway network between the M80 Ring Road at Greensborough and the Eastern Freeway or EastLink.
It will be a safe and efficient freeway connection for 100,000 vehicles a day, taking long haul trucks off local streets and reducing congestion in Melbourne's northern suburbs.
The idea was first considered in 1929. Now the Victorian Government is committed to build the North East Link – Victoria's next priority road project identified by Infrastructure Victoria.
North East Link will deliver
- Less congestion
- More than 5,000 jobs
- Trucks off local roads
- Direct airport access
- Shorter travel times
Why we need North East Link
It's tempting to think that if we do nothing things will remain the same, but we're finding that's just not the case.
6m+ people by 2031
Melbourne's population is expected to grow from 4.6 million to more than 6 million by 2031.
The highest growth will be in the outer suburbs.
More car trips
Despite more people using public transport,
by 2031 our growing population will increase the number of car trips by 25-30%.
Longer, slower trips
Without North East Link, pressure on already congested roads will intensify.
By 2031 the average driver will be travelling further, on slower roads - up to 10% slower during peaks.
Some roads are already as slow as 8 km an hour.
Without North East Link, people are likely to use longer detours to avoid clogged roads.
This will push congestion into other parts of Melbourne's road network.