Project Benefits

North East Link is the biggest road transport project in Victoria’s history – finally fixing the missing link in Melbourne’s freeway network.

Between 110,000-130,000 vehicles will use North East Link every day, reducing congestion in the north-east while maintaining local roads for local trips.

Key benefits of North East Link

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Slashing traffic and travel times

  • Slashing travel times between Melbourne’s north and south-east by up to 30 minutes
  • Taking 15,000 trucks off local roads a day
  • Additional lanes on the Eastern Freeway will eliminate some of Melbourne’s worst bottlenecks
  • Seamless trips to Melbourne Airport from Doncaster, Ringwood and beyond.
  • Better managing traffic flow through new technology
  • 9,000-11,000 cars and trucks off Rosanna Road a day

Improving Public Transport

  • Building Melbourne’s first dedicated busway along the Eastern Freeway
  • Creating a new park and ride at Bulleen
  • Improve access and upgrade car parking at Watsonia station

Creating walking and cycling connections

  • Delivering more than 25 kilometres of new and upgraded walking and cycling paths
  • Upgrading bridges and adding more signalised crossings for walkers and bike riders
  • Completing the North East Bicycle Corridor - a new commuter cycling route to the city along the Eastern Freeway between Chandler Highway and Merri Creek

Growing industry and the economy

  • Creating more than 10,000 jobs
  • $427M annual economic boost from better freight connectivity
  • Access to 56,000 more job opportunities for workers in the north-east