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