Corridor B

About this corridor

This 24 kilometre corridor would provide a direct connection from the M80 to EastLink. It would not require upgrades to the Eastern Freeway.

Extensive tunnelling would be used to protect sensitive environmental and heritage areas.

This route is indicative only. It is subject to further technical, engineering and other studies.

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Approximate length including other likely works

Option BLength
North East Link24 km
Springvale Rd upgrade 4 km
Reynolds Rd upgrade and extension10 km
Total38 km

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 B

MeasureScore This corridor is likely to...
Reducing congestion in the north-east Reduce traffic on the Eastern Freeway and Manningham Road but would provide limited congestion relief to key north to south roads such as Fitzsimons Lane.
Getting trucks off residential roads in the north-east

Get trucks off some residential roads such as Rosanna Road but increase the number of trucks on others, particularly some connected to the corridor.
Connecting more people to jobs and education Potentially connect people to jobs and education but access would be widely dispersed along the corridor.
Connecting businesses

Provide some opportunities for local businesses to access potential customers and workers in the wider area but would not greatly improve access for businesses located in key current and emerging employment areas.
Making freight move more efficiently Offer a direct connection to existing freight routes, however would likely have long inclines that would slow trucks down and reduce efficiency overall.
Improving public transport connections and travel times

Provide limited improvements to key public transport routes or access to public transport interchanges.
Improving connections for pedestrians and cyclists

Offer moderate potential to divert trucks away from road cycling routes and places where people shop and work however have limited ability to provide new or enhanced walking and cycling paths.
Ability to protect the environment, culture, heritage and open spaces

Offer opportunities to protect some sensitive areas including the Yarra River by tunnelling but would involve some environmental impacts associated with surface works.
Ability to minimise impacts from construction-related trafficNeutral  Create disruptions to the transport network including building a highly complex interchange at EastLink, upgrading Springvale Road and Reynolds Road and potentially extending Reynolds Road to connect to the Maroondah Highway.


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