The Victorian Government’s proposal for the $15.8 billion North East Link has been given the green light by Infrastructure Australia and is now listed as a ‘High Priority Project’ on its Infrastructure Priority List.
The project involves construction of a new freeway-standard 11 km roadway to link the M3 Eastern Freeway and M80 Ring Road between Doncaster and Greensborough, upgrades to sections of the M80 and M3 Eastern Freeway and an additional 10.6 km of bus lanes between Doncaster and the city.
Infrastructure Australia Acting Chief Executive Anna Chau said the project could deliver significant travel time savings for drivers and passengers in a growing part of Melbourne, shaving up to 30 minutes off trips between the M80 and M3 Eastern Freeway.
“Currently, there are very few freeway options for travelling between Melbourne’s north and south-east, meaning drivers must pass through Melbourne’s inner city. These roads are regularly congested with commuter traffic and freight traffic from the Port of Melbourne,” she said.
“Once delivered, the freeway will provide faster and more reliable trips to help people get to work and commercial districts, as well as improving quality of life for residents in these suburbs by moving traffic from arterial and local roads onto the new freeway.”
The Coalition Government today welcomed the addition of the North East Link – a project that has already received $1.75 billion in Federal backing – to the list.
Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population Alan Tudge said this project will help bust congestion across the city.
“The North East Link will keep Victoria moving and significantly slash travel times ensuring that we get people home safer and sooner,” he said.