Fol­low­ing the re­cent con­fir­ma­tion of Mel­bourne’s long-awaited North East Link, comes the an­nounce­ment of a ded­i­cated busway

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Fol­low­ing the re­cent con­fir­ma­tion of Mel­bourne’s long-awaited North East Link, comes the an­nounce­ment of a ded­i­cated busway to com­ple­ment the de­vel­op­ment.

The Don­caster Busway – a fully sep­a­rated, high-speed bus route – will run from Don­caster to Vic­to­ria Park, with Mel­bourne’s first ded­i­cated busway set to slash travel times and de­liver more ser­vices to and from the city’s north­ern sub­urbs.

Us­ing the me­dian in the East­ern Free­way, buses will be able to travel up to 100km/ h unim­peded by traf­fic, slash­ing travel times by up to an es­ti­mated 30 per cent.

The new busway will in­clude two sep­a­rated bus- only lanes (one each way) that pro­vide di­rect ac­cess to and from Don­caster park and ride, and con­nect to the Vic­to­ria Park precinct. The project will also pro­vide more park­ing for com­muters, with the op­por­tu­nity to build a fu­ture park and ride in Bulleen.

“Buses will no longer be held up weav­ing on and off ramps. The Don­caster Busway will cre­ate a true ex­press ride down the middle of the East­ern Free­way,” Min­is­ter for Pub­lic Trans­port Jac­inta Al­lan says.

The Vic­to­rian Gov­ern­ment’s Stream­lin­ing Hod­dle Street project will mean fur­ther time sav­ings and in­creased reli­a­bil­ity for bus com­muters on Mel­bourne’s busiest bus route. The project will start at Spring­vale Road with a mas­sive over­haul of the East­ern Free­way, which will re­main toll-free.

It will then con­nect through to the M80 Ring Road through twin tun­nels, pro­tect­ing en­vi­ron­men­tally sen­si­tive and res­i­den­tial ar­eas above.

North East Link will be Vic­to­ria’s big­gest ever in­vest­ment in trans­port in­fra­struc­ture – form­ing part of the Vic­to­rian Gov­ern­ment’s $100 mil­lion com­bined in­vest­ment in met­ro­pol­i­tan and re­gional trans­port – and is es­ti­mated to take more than 15,000 trucks off res­i­den­tial streets in the north east and cre­ate an ad­di­tional 10,000 jobs.

“North East Link will not only take cars and trucks off lo­cal streets, it will pro­vide a mas­sive boost to pub­lic trans­port through our busiest bus cor­ri­dor,” Al­lan says.

“It will make travel faster and eas­ier for ev­ery­one – whether you drive, walk, ride or catch pub­lic trans­port.”

“Buses will no longer be held up weav­ing on and off ramps”

Be­low: The Don­caster Busway will be a fully sep­a­rated, high-speed bus route

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