What we're working on
During this stage of the project, we're developing a business case which will recommend a preferred corridor for North East Link.
Our work so far includes:
- Reassessing previous studies and looking at new ideas
- Developing a high level indication of benefits and challenges
- Completing technical studies to see what corridor options are possible
- Testing how well the corridors do (or don't) perform based on our project objectives and principles
Here are some of the technical studies we've been working on:
Local community impacts
We are looking at overall demographics and trends from Census data.
We're also considering local and state government strategic plans and information from peak bodies.
Traffic surveys and modelling
Traffic modelling helps us to understand how North East Link would change traffic conditions in the future.
Modelling uses hundreds of variables including population growth, fuel and parking costs and planned road and public transport upgrades.
We've gathered existing information from roads, parks and water authorities.
We've also completed our own investigations.
We know there are areas where geotechnical conditions present challenges for construction or tunnelling.
Large transport projects can significantly boost economic growth and jobs.
Our work so far has focused on understanding how the existing network is constraining growth, and identifying the economic benefits North East Link can bring to the north-east and south-east.
Environment and cultural heritage
Desktop and field studies help identify sensitive areas in each corridor.
We've also been meeting with local community groups to understand what's important to them.
Urban design and visual impacts
We are developing an urban design framework to guide how our planning should reflect local identity.
This will help the design of the project to fit into the local landscape.
The engineering team is working to understand the impacts from all the other studies
and to determine how the road alignment, grades, interchanges, tunnels and bridges will work to deliver North East Link.