Deciding where to build North East Link
A key part of getting North East Link right was to define from the very beginning, what the new link needs to achieve and what we need to work to protect.
These goals were then used to guide the selection of a preferred corridor.
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 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
The above measures were informed by more than 7,400 pieces of community feedback via a survey that was available both online and via post.
From May to July 2017, we asked the community to tell us:
- How they travel in and through Melbourne’s north-east.
- What they value about the area.
- Their views on improving transport infrastructure.
We used this feedback to identify what transport problems North East Link needs to help solve and what we should help protect in Melbourne’s north-east. You can read the community survey report here.
Once we had the assessment measures in place, four different corridors were investigated.
- 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
In August we released the four corridor options together with information about how each was performing against the assessment measures based on technical studies so far.
From August to September 2017, community members were invited to attend information sessions and to participate in online engagement activities. We asked the community to let us know if the assessment measures were missing anything important, and if the technical studies needed to consider anything else. You can read the community engagement report here.
Why we chose Corridor A
Deciding where to build North East Link was informed by almost one year of strategic planning, technical studies and consultation with the community.
At the end of all the assessments, linking the M80 Ring Road in Greensborough to the Eastern Freeway in Bulleen (Corridor A) performed best overall and was recommended as the one to be built
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.