About this corridor
This 40 km corridor would connect with EastLink south of Ringwood and travel east using part of the proposed Healesville Freeway Reserve.
It was initially considered that this corridor would be suitable for a road with no tunnel to cater for trucks. Preliminary investigations have found that tunnels and bridges would be required to minimise impacts on sensitive areas and avoid steep inclines.
This route is indicative only. It is subject to further technical, engineering and other studies.
How we're assessing the corridors
We've been assessing how well each corridor performs across a range of measures you've told us are important to you.
Our work so far shows that each corridor has both pros and cons. It also shows that all options will include tunnels as well as new surface roads and bridges to connect to the existing road network.
We've heard from you on how to get this project right
During August and September 2017, we held a number of community drop-in information sessions across the project area. We also invited everyone to join the conversation on an online engagement hub. Community feedback was collected until Monday 18 September 2017.
What we've found so far about Corridor D
|Measure||Score||This corridor is likely to...|
|Reducing congestion in the north-east||Offer few connections into the existing road network and be unlikely to help reduce congestion in the north-east.|
|Getting trucks off residential roads in the north-east||Offer minimal ability to reduce trucks on residential roads in the north-east.|
|Connecting more people to jobs and education||Extend into an area with a low population density and connect few people to jobs and education opportunities.|
|Connecting businesses||Extend into an area with low levels of business density and activity and offer few businesses opportunities to benefit from improved access to workers and customers.|
|Making freight move more efficiently||Provide an indirect route which would increase travel distances significantly for freight movement.|
|Improving public transport connections and travel times|
Achieve no significant improvement to public transport services in the north-east.
|Improving connections for pedestrians and cyclists||Offer limited opportunities for walking and cycling paths.|
|Ability to protect the environment, culture, heritage and open spaces||Offer opportunities to protect some sensitive areas including Bend of Islands by tunnelling but would involve some environmental impacts associated with surface works. It would also place development pressure on semi-rural communities outside the urban growth boundary and the green wedge.|
|Ability to minimise impacts from construction-related traffic||Be likely to cause minimal construction disruptions to the transport network. It would most likely have two tunnels and the remaining road would be built above ground. The interchanges, other than at EastLink, would be relatively straightforward to build.|
|Performs very poorly|
|Performs very well|