With no existing road reserve set aside to build North East Link, our first step was to decide how – and where – to best link our city’s north-east and south-east.
We started by looking at what outcomes North East Link must achieve. This gave us measures to assess how well different locations for the road did, or didn’t, perform.
The measures were informed by more than 7,400 pieces of community feedback and covered areas including:
- Easing congestion
- Cutting travel times
- Taking trucks off local roads
- Improving access to jobs and education
- Connecting industrial and freight centres
- Improving public transport, walking and cycling links
- Minimising impacts on the community
- Minimising impacts on the environment
Once we had the assessment measures in place, different corridor options for North East Link were investigated. Four options were explored.
- Linking the M80 Ring Road in Greensborough to the Eastern Freeway in Bulleen
- Linking the M80 Ring Road in Greensborough to EastLink in Ringwood via three possible routes
Linking the M80 Ring Road in Greensborough to the Eastern Freeway in Bulleen performed best overall. A link in this location:
- Takes the most cars and trucks off local roads
- Connects more people to jobs and education where Melbourne is growing
- Provides the best opportunities to improve public transport by putting services where they’re needed most
- Provides the best opportunities to improve walking and cycling
- Requires less homes
- Has less impact on sensitive environmental areas
- Delivers the greatest benefits for cost
This option for the road was taken through to the next stage of the planning process and used to prepare a business case.
More information about deciding where to build North East Link