Four op­tions for NE Link

Australian Transport News - - News -

NEARLY 50 YEARS of pro­cras­ti­na­tion and five ma­jor stud­ies later, Vic­to­ria has come up with four op­tions for its Mel­bourne free­way or­bital con­nec­tion.

In­di­ca­tions from the North East Link Au­thor­ity’s (NELA’s) North East Link Tech­ni­cal Sum­mary are that the short­est, flat­test route need­ing the least tun­nelling will be the most at­trac­tive to the truck­ing in­dus­try and the state govern­ment.

“The four pos­si­ble cor­ri­dors have been deter­mined through ex­ten­sive works span­ning the en­tire north-east, in­clud­ing geo-tech­ni­cal in­ves­ti­ga­tions, traf­fic mod­el­ling, en­vi­ron­ment stud­ies and dis­cus­sions with com­mu­nity groups, busi­nesses and lo­cal res­i­dents,” the govern­ment says.

“Each cor­ri­dor has been 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.

“Each of the op­tions 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.”

Costs are es­ti­mated at $200 to $300 mil­lion per sur­face road kilo­me­tre and $800 mil­lion to $1 bil­lion per tun­nel kilo­me­tre.

The state govern­ment is ex­pected to pick the pre­ferred cor­ri­dor by the end of the year, with con­tracts due to be signed in 2019 and con­struc­tion start­ing in 2020.

The re­port notes in­dus­try con­sul­ta­tion is cru­cial. OP­TION A would use the ex­ist­ing road re­serve to link to the M80, fol­low the Greens­bor­ough By­pass south to the Eastern Free­way near Bulleen Road.

OP­TION B would pro­vide a di­rect con­nec­tion from the M80 at Greens­bor­ough to EastLink at Ring­wood. It would also pro­vide the func­tion­al­ity of an or­bital mo­tor­way sec­tion that con­nects the north­ern and north-eastern growth ar­eas to south-east Mel­bourne via EastLink.

OP­TION C’S north­ern end would con­nect to the M80 us­ing a pre­vi­ous road cor­ri­dor that runs from the Greens­bor­ough By­pass/ Di­a­mond Creek Road round­about to Ryans Road. Its south­ern end would con­nect to EastLink at Ring­wood. It pro­vides the func­tion­al­ity of a tra­di­tional or­bital mo­tor­way sec­tion that con­nects the north­ern growth area to south-east Mel­bourne via EastLink.

OP­TION D would con­nect with EastLink south of Ring­wood and travel east us­ing part of the pro­posed Healesville Free­way Re­serve and travel east to Li­ly­dale. It would then turn back and head west to the M80 trav­el­ling though Bend of Is­lands and Kan­ga­roo Ground.

For fur­ther de­tails, click on ful­ly­loaded. com.au.

“... the short­est, at­test route need­ing the least tun­nelling will be the most at­trac­tive ...”

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