The miss­ing link in Mel­bourne’s road net­work is one step closer, with the Vic­to­rian Gov­ern­ment un­veil­ing four po­ten­tial cor­ri­dor op­tions for the North East Link

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“This is the miss­ing link Mel­bourne des­per­ately needs to slash con­ges­tion”

The miss­ing link in Mel­bourne’s road net­work is one step closer, with the Vic­to­rian Gov­ern­ment un­veil­ing four po­ten­tial cor­ri­dor op­tions for the North East Link.

The North East Link is pro­jected to slash con­ges­tion in Mel­bourne’s north east and take trucks off lo­cal roads, while cre­at­ing more than 5000 new jobs.

“For decades the North East Link has been put in the too hard bas­ket – this is the miss­ing link Mel­bourne des­per­ately needs to slash con­ges­tion and stop the rat runs in the north east,” Vic­to­rian Pre­mier Daniel An­drews says.

“We said we would look at all op­tions and that’s ex­actly what we’ve done. This is about mak­ing sure we get this project right.”

The four pos­si­ble cor­ri­dors were de­ter­mined through works span­ning the en­tire north- east, in­clud­ing geo-tech­ni­cal in­ves­ti­ga­tions, traf­fic mod­el­ling, en­vi­ron­ment stud­ies and dis­cus­sions with com­mu­nity groups, busi­nesses and lo­cal res­i­dents. Each cor­ri­dor was as­sessed against a range of mea­sures in­clud­ing key lo­cal con­cerns such as re­duc­ing con­ges­tion and get­ting trucks off res­i­den­tial roads, as well as the im­pact on ur­ban ar­eas and the en­vi­ron­ment.

All the op­tions iden­tifi ed be­gin at the Ring Road in Greens­bor­ough and con­nect to ei­ther the East­ern Free­way or East­Link, and all will in­volve tun­nels, new sur­face roads and bridges.

“For too long lo­cal roads in the north- east have be­come de­fault free­ways. North East Link will fix that – car­ry­ing 100,000 ve­hi­cles a day and cre­at­ing 5000 jobs,” Min­is­ter for Roads Luke Don­nel­lan says.

“The pre­vi­ous Lib­eral gov­ern­ment rushed through a botched project – we will do the work, get it right and get it done.”

Peo­ple who live and work in the area will be able pro­vide feed­back on­line or at com­mu­nity in­for­ma­tion ses­sions tak­ing place across the north- east through­out Au­gust.

The gov­ern­ment is ex­pected to de­ter­mine the pre­ferred cor­ri­dor by the end of the year.

The Vic­to­rian Bud­get 2017/18 pro­vided the fi rst $100 mil­lion for the North East Link to un­der­take de­sign, plan­ning and pre­con­struc­tion works, ahead of con­tracts be­ing signed in 2019 and con­struc­tion com­menc­ing in 2020.

Above: Four cor­ri­dor op­tions are on the ta­ble for Mel­bourne’s North East Link

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