Corridor A

This stage of community engagement for North East Link has finished. We'll be reporting back to communities what we heard in October. If you have questions about the project you call us on 1800 941 191 or write to us at community@northeastlink.vic.gov.au

You can view an interactive version of this map here

This 11 km corridor would follow the Greensborough Highway south using existing road reserve and connect with the Eastern Freeway near Bulleen Road.

Should Option A be built, it would be new road infrastructure. Bulleen Road and Greensborough Highway would be retained for local use.

We've been assessing how well this corridor performs across a range of measures. A few areas you've told us are important to you are shown in the table below.

Area of interest

Score
This corridor is likely to...

Reducing congestion in the north-east
Provide a more direct alternative to congested roads in the north-east using good connections to the existing road network.
Getting trucks off residential roads in the north-east

Provide opportunities to get trucks off many residential roads in the north-east such as Rosanna Road, Para Road and Fitzsimons Lane.
Connecting more people to jobs and education

Connect people to jobs and education in the north and east including the La Trobe University and West Heidelberg industrial hub, Box Hill and Ringwood.
Connecting businesses
Provide opportunities for local businesses to access potential customers and workers including in key existing and emerging employment areas.
Making freight move more efficiently

Provide travel time improvements between key freight locations.
Improving public transport connections and travel times

Be effective at reducing congestion on roads used by public transport and roads used by commuters to get to key stops and stations. Eastern Freeway upgrades would provide an opportunity for improved bus services.
Improving connections for pedestrians and cyclists
Offer potential to divert trucks away from road cycling routes and places where people shop and work. Offer opportunities to improve cycling and walking connections for people in the north-east including through new shared use paths.
Ability to protect the environment, culture, heritage and open spaces
Offer opportunities to protect cultural and heritage spaces and the environment such as tunnelling under the Banyule Flats. This corridor would involve some environmental impacts associated with surface works.
Ability to minimise impacts from construction-related traffic.

Involve disruptions from upgrades to the Eastern Freeway between Chandler Highway and Springvale Road to cater for additional traffic. Constructing the Eastern Freeway interchange would involve significant disruptions.


Key

Performs very well

Performs well

Neutral
Performs poorly
Performs very poorly


How can I find out our more?

Get involved

  • If you have a specific question about Corridor A, please ask us below
  • Join the corridors discussion forum to tell us what's most important to you, if there is anything we've missed and to hear what other people are saying.


You can view an interactive version of this map here

This 11 km corridor would follow the Greensborough Highway south using existing road reserve and connect with the Eastern Freeway near Bulleen Road.

Should Option A be built, it would be new road infrastructure. Bulleen Road and Greensborough Highway would be retained for local use.

We've been assessing how well this corridor performs across a range of measures. A few areas you've told us are important to you are shown in the table below.

Area of interest

Score
This corridor is likely to...

Reducing congestion in the north-east
Provide a more direct alternative to congested roads in the north-east using good connections to the existing road network.
Getting trucks off residential roads in the north-east

Provide opportunities to get trucks off many residential roads in the north-east such as Rosanna Road, Para Road and Fitzsimons Lane.
Connecting more people to jobs and education

Connect people to jobs and education in the north and east including the La Trobe University and West Heidelberg industrial hub, Box Hill and Ringwood.
Connecting businesses
Provide opportunities for local businesses to access potential customers and workers including in key existing and emerging employment areas.
Making freight move more efficiently

Provide travel time improvements between key freight locations.
Improving public transport connections and travel times

Be effective at reducing congestion on roads used by public transport and roads used by commuters to get to key stops and stations. Eastern Freeway upgrades would provide an opportunity for improved bus services.
Improving connections for pedestrians and cyclists
Offer potential to divert trucks away from road cycling routes and places where people shop and work. Offer opportunities to improve cycling and walking connections for people in the north-east including through new shared use paths.
Ability to protect the environment, culture, heritage and open spaces
Offer opportunities to protect cultural and heritage spaces and the environment such as tunnelling under the Banyule Flats. This corridor would involve some environmental impacts associated with surface works.
Ability to minimise impacts from construction-related traffic.

Involve disruptions from upgrades to the Eastern Freeway between Chandler Highway and Springvale Road to cater for additional traffic. Constructing the Eastern Freeway interchange would involve significant disruptions.


Key

Performs very well

Performs well

Neutral
Performs poorly
Performs very poorly


How can I find out our more?

Get involved

  • If you have a specific question about Corridor A, please ask us below
  • Join the corridors discussion forum to tell us what's most important to you, if there is anything we've missed and to hear what other people are saying.


CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.
  • If option A gets up is the new freeway road along the Bulleen Road strip going to be built on the East or the West side of the existing Bulleen Road? Please provide us with at least this much information as it would be hard to believe this much is not yet know? We are being provided with so few details about the Bulleen Road section of option A. You are proposing to build a freeway road where there isn't currently a lot of unused space. There must be more information than is currently being provided.

    Kaye asked about 1 month ago

    Hi Kaye,

    We are in the early strategic planning stages for this project and still have a lot of work to do, including recommending a preferred corridor, before we can know exactly how North East Link could be built.

    Should option A proceed there would likely be multiple options for the section near Bulleen Road. These would likely include over, under and next to. We still have more technical studies to complete before we can know more.


  • Route A is obviously the cheapest to build and therefore the most profitable. Have any other concerns really been considered? The real choice, 'E', don't build this and seriously rethink transport policy isn't on the table.

    ChrisJames asked about 1 month ago

    Hi Chris,

    We still have more technical studies to do before we can cost different options for North East Link. The costs you may have seen in the media were calculated by journalists. We are working to be able to release potential costs for North East Link options by the end of the year. Cost will be a factor in how we assess the options, but it won't be the deciding one.

    During this stage of the project we're interested to know if communities think we've missed anything important in our strategic planning for North East Link. If you'd like to give us feedback on the project we encourage you to complete the survey on this website https://jointheconversation.northeastlink.vic.gov.au/take-our-quick-survey

    It will be open until midnight tonight.

  • Greensbourgh road would become a freeway? How can this be 'new road' with a massive concrete elevated highway?

    ChrisJames asked about 1 month ago

    Hi Chris,

    Because we don't yet know where North East Link could be built, it is still too early for us to know how it could be designed.

    One of our principles for this project is to minimise impacts on communities, this includes maintaining local access.

    Should Corridor A proceed we would look carefully at how this could be achieved at the northern connection with the M80 Ring Road.

  • Will the entire upgrading/widening of the Eastern Freeway be able to be accommodated within the existing freeway boundaries? Kew Golf Club which Rowan has asked about is just one of many properties adjoining the Eastern Freeway which will be at risk if you need to acquire more land.

    kewres asked about 1 month ago

    Hi kewres,

    Thanks for the question. Because we don't yet know where North East Link could be built, we still have a lot more work to do before we can know exactly how it could be designed. 

    At this stage, should Corridor A proceed, we expect that the upgrades to the Eastern Freeway would most likely be able to take place within the current road reserve. However, we still have lots more more technical studies to complete before we can know more about exactly how the potential corridors could be constructed.

    We are in the early strategic planning stages for this project and are most interested to hear from communities what outcomes they want from North East Link and what impacts they most want minimised. We are also interested to know if people think we've missed anything important as part of our early planning for North East Link.

  • Good afternoon, I attended one of your information sessions as I am a resident living close to Bulleen road and would be directly imapcted if option A were to go ahead. My main concern is how the corridor between the propsed tunnel junction at Manningham Road would connect the Eastern Freeway. When I asked this specific question to a couple of NEL representatives at the info session, one said he didn't know and another said it would be an overpass travelling pretty much over Bulleen Road and would only overhang the school sports grounds and parkland. He was very confident with this answer and makes sense with the estimated costing shown. An overpass travelling over the length of Bulleen Road would have a massive impact on local enviromental, sports, business and schooling facilities. I think that new infastructure is desperately needed but really do hope that it does not just come down to the cheapest option. As we all know cheapest is not usually the best. I also have to admit that I am somewhat sceptical that NO decisions have been made already as I am aware that construction works at Simpson Barracks in Watsonia had to to take into account the widening of Greensborough Road to accomodate the link before they could commence construction and that was four years ago. I would like to see some more information on how exactly the construction is planned please as I am sure when costing the difference between overpass, tunnel or corridor to the side of Bulleen Road would have an affect on approximate costings.

    ASARK asked about 1 month ago

    Hi ASARK,

    Because we don't yet know where North East Link could be built, it is also still too early for us to know exactly how it could be designed.

    Should Corridor A proceed there would likely be multiple design options for the section near Bulleen Road including over, under and next to.

    We still have more technical studies to do before we can cost different options for North East Link. The costs you may have seen in the media were calculated by journalists. We are working to be able to release potential costs for North East Link options by the end of the year. Cost will be a factor in how we assess the options, but it won't be the deciding one.

    North East Link has been around as an idea since the 1920's and many previous routes have been explored. Because we still have more technical studies to complete, as well as this stage of community engagement, we don't have a preferred option just yet. 

    We're working towards being able to recommend the corridor that delivers the best outcomes for Melbourne, including by minimising impacts on communities and the environment.

  • Provide me with information on how this impacts the residents and in particular the schools along Bullen Road all the way through to Doncaster Road. Your ticks certainly highlight the positives, what about the negatives and their ground will be impacted. B,C and D appear to be there to make up the numbers and make residents think there be other options. What about the clause when building roads which states that roads will be built where there is less impact on residents. If you abide by the clause, then A is out. PB

    paulina asked about 1 month ago

    Hi Paulina,

    Thanks for the questions. We are required by law to minimise impacts on communities and the environment which is why the indicative map for Corridor A is shown as close to Bulleen Road as possible.

    We are still investigating how the different corridor options perform against a range of measures and the option we recommend to government will be the corridor that best meets the outcomes North East Link needs to achieve and minimises impacts to communities and the environment.

    If you would like to give us feedback on the work we have completed to investigate the corridors so far, particularly if you think we have missed anything important there is still time. This website will be open until midnight tonight. You can give us your feedback using this short survey https://jointheconversation.northeastlink.vic.gov.au/take-our-quick-survey

    From tomorrow on, we'll be reviewing the feedback we've received from communities and using this to help our continue our investigations into the corridors and recommend a preferred option by the end of the year.

  • Watsonia station carpark is currently being upgraded for $20 million. How does this fit with proposal A, given that carpark access is from east of the station?

    Margot M asked about 1 month ago

    Hi Margot,

    As part of our early planning for North East Link we're working to consider how to best keep communities connected and improve public transport access and services.

    Should Corridor A proceed, we would look at a range of ways to maintain, and potentially enhance, access to the train station. Consultation with local communities would play a key role in looking at these options.


  • Are you acquiring residential houses in Marjorie Close, Bulleen ?????

    Rebecca asked about 1 month ago

    Hi Rebecca,

    Because we don't yet know where North East Link could be built, nor how it could be designed, it is too early for us to know which properties may be impacted and how.

    One of our principles for this project is to minimise acquisition. However, if you are worried now, please contact us on 1800 941 191 so we can take your contact details, understand your concerns and stay in touch with you as the project progresses.

  • I live in the yarralean estate. I have city views. A viaduct will obstruct my views! I paid a premium for this home with views! I paid a premium for this lifestyle that i do not want to lose. I paid a premium to live near great schools, parklands, walking tracks and sporting facilities. I paid a premium to live close to the CBD and not pay for tolls just to visit the city. I do not want a view of an eyesore. I do not want a noisy concrete monstrosity in my backyard! Will i be compensated on the significant loss of value of my property should you choose option A as a viaduct? There are a significant number of homes in the same situation as ours and they will not be happy! What sort of compensation will you give us? thank you.

    SM asked about 1 month ago

    Hi SM,

    We still have more work to do before we can know where North East Link could be built and designed. Should Corridor A proceed, there would likely be multiple design options for the section near Bulleen Road.

    Two of our guiding principles for North East Link are to minimise impacts on communities and to minimise impacts on the environment. We will be carefully factoring potential impacts into our ongoing investigations into the corridor options, together with community feedback.

    We appreciate that some members of local communities near the corridor options are concerned about these impacts now. However because we are in the early strategic planning phase for this project, it is too early for us to be able to answer questions about specific properties. Our property specialist can provide some general information about compensation legislation and provide advice on what has happened on similar projects in the past. If you would like to speak to them please give us a call on 1800 941 191.


  • I currently live in the Yarralean estate and have city views. If option A is selected and the freeway built OVER or BESIDE Bulleen Road, that will obstruct my view, create an eyesore and produce excess noise pollution in my beautiful serene and quiet neighbourhood as the sound will travel directly up the valley regardless of sound barriers. We have paid a premium to live in a quiet neighbourhood and for our homes to have unobstructed city views. The value of my home will be SEVERLY lowered in value if the freeway was to go either over or beside Bulleen Road. Will you be providing all the residences directly affected this way (and there are quite a number of us) with compensation if a tunnel between the Eastern Freeway and Manningham Road does not go ahead? Thank you.

    EM asked about 1 month ago

    Hi EM,

    We still have more work to do before we can know where North East Link could be built and designed. 

    Two of our guiding principles for North East Link are to minimise impacts on communities and to minimise impacts on the environment. We will be carefully factoring potential impacts into our ongoing investigations into the corridor options, together with community feedback.

    We appreciate that some members of local communities near the corridor options are concerned about these impacts now. However because we are in the early strategic planning phase for this project, it is too early for us to be able to answer questions about specific properties. Our property specialist can provide some general information about compensation legislation and provide advice on what has happened on similar projects in the past. If you would like to speak to them please give us a call on 1800 941 191.

  • Seems to me that the evaluation ratings assume that if options B,C or D are selected traffic will continue to use the existing route down Roseanna Road and Bulleen Rd to the Eastern Freeway. Is this a reasonable assumption? If not then the rating for Option A is heavily biased and would appear to be justifying a decided end game. Not sure there is a whole lot of transparency here!

    Tony B. asked about 1 month ago

    Hi Tony,

    Our traffic modelling so far has found that each of the corridor options would change traffic patterns in different ways. 

    The way the corridors connect into the existing road network, and service the kinds of trips people and freight are making across the north-east means the corridors perform differently. 

    A snapshot of estimates of projected changes in daily traffic on some of the key arterial roads in the north-east by 2031 is below. 

    Corridor B, C and D would be used, however our modelling so far shows that it would not be used to the same extent as Corridor A.

    Indicative modelling shows that 10 years after opening Corridor A may carry between 100,000 - 120,000 vehicles a day. Corridor B may carry 60,000 - 110,000, Corridor C 50,000 - 110,000 and Corridor D 45,000 - 90,000.

    You can read more about our traffic modelling so far in our technical summary here http://northeastlink.vic.gov.au/publications

  • Why does this option potentially affect the Kew golf course?

    Rowan asked about 1 month ago

    Hi Rowan,

    Can you let us know where you heard Option A would affect the Kew golf course? It doesn't sound quite right to us. We can be reached on 1800 941 191.

    Thanks,

  • Corridor A shows a significant widening of the Eastern Freeway will be required from Chandler Highway to Springvale Road. Why has this not been included in the total length of Corridor A? As a result of these widening works will this section of the Eastern Freeway also be tolled?

    road123 asked about 1 month ago

    Hi road123,

    Corridor A, Corridor B and Corridor C would all likely require upgrades to the existing road network.

    Corridor A would likely include upgrades to the Eastern Freeway. Corridor B and Corridor C would likely include upgrades to Springvale Road and Reynolds Road, including potentially extending Reynolds Road to the Maroondah Highway.

    These upgrades are shown on the maps for these corridors in our newsletter and on our website.

    Approximate lengths for the three corridors with likely upgrade works added are below.

    Corridor A

    • Approx. 11 km North East Link
    • Approx. 14 km of upgrades to the Eastern Freeway
    • Approx. 25 km of works

    Corridor B

    • Approx. 24 km North East Link
    • Approx. 10 km of upgrades to Springvale Road and Reynolds Road
    • Approx. 34 km of works

    Corridor C

    • Approx. 26 km North East Link
    • Approx. 10 km of upgrades to Springvale Road  and Reynolds Road
    • Approx. 36 km works (plus an additional likely upgrade to Ryans Road)

    Government policy is that new roads may be tolled, but existing roads cannot. Should Option A proceed you would be able to travel the same routes you can now without paying new tolls.

  • No to Option A!!

    Caroline asked about 1 month ago

    Hi Caroline,

    Thanks for getting in touch. For your feedback to be useful to us, we need to understand more about your concerns about Corridor A. 

    You can do this here https://jointheconversation.northeastlink.vic.gov.au/take-our-quick-survey

    We are most interested to know whether you think we are looking at the right things in how we are investigating the options, and where you think we need to do more work as part of our further studies.

  • It seems you have not accurately represented the information about option A and the cost and extent of work required. It has been represented as an option requiring 11km of works when in fact it requires a lot more when the works to the Eastern Freeway are included. The CEO admitted that this was an omission. When will accurate information be provided?

    Spp asked about 1 month ago

    Hi Spp,

    Corridor A, B and C would all likely include significant upgrades to the existing road network. At this stage Corridor D is the only option that would not likely require these kinds of upgrades.

    At the Boroondara Council forum our CEO Duncan agreed that, based on feedback we have had from communities, the length for Corridor A should have included the upgrades to the Eastern Freeway.

    However, it is important to note that he also said we have been clear all along that Corridor A, Corridor B and Corridor C include potential upgrades. They are shown in our community newsletter and on our website.

    Approximate lengths for the three corridors with these likely upgrades added are below.

    Corridor A

    • Approx. 11 km North East Link
    • Approx. 14 km of upgrades to the Eastern Freeway 
    • Approx. 25 km of works
    Corridor B
    • Approx. 24 km North East Link
    • Approx. 10 km of upgrades to Springvale Road and Reynolds Road
    • Approx. 34 km of works
    Corridor C
    • Approx. 26 km North East Link
    • Approx. 10 km of upgrades to Springvale Road and Reynolds Road
    • Approx. 36 km of works

  • If Option A is choosing, Bulleen Road section will have part tunnel and part open road design. In my opinion this section should be built using tunnel only to connect with Eastern Freeway. It may cost more, have more engineering challenges, but it will affect people in Bulleen, Balwyn North, Eaglemonnt least, and their local communities, sporting grounds will be destroyed forever by North East Link.

    Ben L asked about 1 month ago

    Thanks for your feedback Ben.

  • It seems to me that NELA has already made up their mind on option A which also happens to be the choice of the government and the opposition and then all the modeling has been done to justify it. NELA has done enough work to give as many green ticks to this option but not enough work to answer some of the basic concerns of the affected residents like what will be the form of the interchange at Bulleen Road and Eastern freeway. This consultation process is just let us know that NELA has tick the consultation box. This option makes no sense . You are bringing in more traffic into already congested Eastern Freeway. How will the extra traffic cope at the Ringwood Tunnel and Hoddle Street end if you are widening the road only between Chandler Highway and Doncaster Road. Option A cannot possibly be the cheapest if the widening of the Eastern Freeway and property acquisition along the new road and freeway is taken into consideration. Most of all this option is not a long term solution for traffic .management and it will become harder to find better solutions in the future as more areas become built up residentially. I appose option A.

    naz asked about 1 month ago

    Dear Naz,

    Thanks for getting in touch and letting us know your concerns about Corridor A. This kind of feedback is useful for us.

    As part of our early strategic planning for North East Link we have developed a number of project objectives and principles which we are using to investigate how the different corridors perform against a consistent set of criteria.

    As part of our engagement with communities now, we’re asking people to tell us which objectives and principles are most important to them, and whether there is anything else we should include. You can give us your feedback here https://jointheconversation.northeastlink.vic.gov.au/shape-north-east-link

    The information shared about the corridor options is from findings so far about a range of areas communities told us were important to them. You can find more information in our technical summary here http://northeastlink.vic.gov.au/publications

    We don’t have a preferred option at this stage. We have more technical studies, as well as this stage of community engagement, to complete before we can select a preferred corridor.

    North East Link will cater for trip demand between Melbourne’s north-east and south-east.

    Our traffic studies so far show that should Option A proceed, traffic at the Hoddle Street end of the Eastern Freeway would not be materially different than if North East Link was not built.

    Option A includes upgrades to the Eastern Freeway to cater for additional traffic should this option proceed.

    Cost will be considered in how we assess the options, but it will not be the sole deciding factor in how we recommend a preferred option.

    The costs for the different options you may have seen in the news were calculated by journalists.

    We need to complete our technical studies before we can cost the corridors and provide this information to communities. We are working on being able to do this by the end of the year.

    The costs for the options will include costs for necessary upgrades to the existing road network.

    Option A will include costs for upgrades required to the Eastern Freeway. Corridor B and C will include costs for upgrades required to Springvale Road and Reynolds Road, including potentially extending Reynolds Road to the Maroondah Highway. Corridor C will also include costs to upgrade Ryans Road. At this stage, we do not expect that Corridor D would involve upgrades to the existing road network.



  • Say No to corridor A. I do not support this!!!

    Josieinch asked about 1 month ago

    Hi Josieinch,

    We are in the early strategic planning stage for this project and interested to understand more about what outcomes communities want North East Link to achieve and what impacts people most want minimised.

    We are using what we are hearing to help us keep investigating how the corridors perform. 

    For your feedback to be useful to us, please tell us what you think about our findings for corridor A so far and whether you think we've missed anything important. 

    You can do this using this website here https://jointheconversation.northeastlink.vic.gov.au/take-our-quick-survey

  • I have recieved a map in my letter box showing a proposed route for these viaducts running through the Boorondara tennis courts and right through Marcellin where my boys go to school as well as the Trinity grounds, into Bulleen's Yarraleen housing estate (where some of my family live!!). I know residents in these areas are all banding together and making some real noise. We have been told that these maps were drawn by someone who has been given some "inside" information from an engineer at NELA. I cannot even begin to imagine what these horrible flyover freeways would do to this beautiful area of open space that Bulleen residents have come to know and love. Not to mention the hideous eyesore and noise pollution the residents will experience. Can NELA state right here, right now that these proposed roads circulating on these maps are 100% INCORRECT?. I would imagine if option A is selected (although I personally think option A is the worst option) that there will be tunnelling all the way from the Eastern Freeway to Manningham road? Can you please provide us with some more information on this section of roads/tunnels NELA is proposing?

    Concernedresident asked about 1 month ago

    Hi Concernedresident,

    Thanks for getting in touch with us. We are aware of the maps that you mention and can confirm that in no way do they represent any information produced or released by North East Link.

    They are incorrect and could not be based on information leaked by NELA engineers. It is 100% false to imply that they are based on inside information. We have never produced maps that resemble those being circulated.

    We are required by law to minimise impacts on communities and the environment. This is why the project map for Corridor A released by NELA shows it travelling as close to Bulleen Road as possible.

    We would never consider an option for North East Link with the kind of impacts on community facilities, homes and the environment like those shown on the maps. 

    Should Corridor A proceed there would likely be multiple options for the section near Bulleen Road. These would likely include under, over or next to and would be designed to minimise visual and noise impacts.

    If you have any more questions, or would like to discuss the concerns the map has caused for you, please contact us on 1800 941 191.


  • We are deeply concerned about the impact on the Yarraleen Estate in Bulleen. I drive on Bulleen Road daily. Without traffic it takes me 3 minutes to drive between Bulleen and North Balwyn. During peak traffic the same route can take 20-30 minutes. Is the proposal A to divert traffic on to Bulleen road and then onto the freeway and how will the additional traffic be managed? Will there be a separate route from Manningham road to the freeway and will that route be on either side of Bulleen Road ? If so, how can additional traffic noise be managed, will there be a need for government acquisition of homes in the Yarraleen estate (Golden Way, Rocklea Rd), Trinity sports grounds and Marcellin college. There is a campaign that has raised this as a potential outcome due to the other side of Bulleen Rd being a protected due to the river.

    Jim Skliros asked about 1 month ago

    Hi Jim,

    Our traffic modelling so far shows that should Option A proceed traffic on Bulleen Road would likely reduce.

    Option A would be new road infrastructure and be built as close to Bulleen Road as possible to minimise impacts on surrounding community facilities and the environment.

    Likely options for this section of the road would be over, under or next to Bulleen Road and would include design options to minimise noise.

    We are aware of the campaign that you mention and have received complaints about the group running it from locals in the area. The claims and maps being made by this group are false. 


  • Why is the main reason other than lowest (?) to consider this option A?. This option mainly divert the traffic from the Ring road to congest the already congested Eastern FWY. This option defies the main reason for the original Eatern Freeway extension and subsequent building of East Link. As traffic becoming heavier at around Bullen section, there is less outlets to disperse the traffic jam from this point onwards. Subsequently there is less incentive to use the East Link. The long term and strategic plan seems to be option C as this is the end of Eastern Freeway and the join to East Link. This will mean traffic Ring road traffic can join East Link easier and traffic from the south of East Link has the option to choose Eastern Freeway or travel further north to use the Ring road.

    Heng asked about 1 month ago

    Hi Heng,

    We're investigating how each of the corridors perform against a range of areas including reducing congestion in the north-east, getting trucks off local roads and helping freight to move more efficiently. We're also looking at how each of the opportunities could make local neighbourhoods safer and easier to travel around as well as opportunities to minimise impacts on the environment and communities.

    The corridor we recommend to government will be the one that best meets the project objectives and principles. You can read more about them, tell us which are most important to you and whether you think there is anything else we need to consider here https://jointheconversation.northeastlink.vic.gov.au/shape-north-east-link

  • I live in Estelle St, Bulleen, opposite the freeway fence. The noise and traffic is already quite substantial without encouraging more traffic to use the freeway as an extension to the Greensborough Fwy. While Im not against progress, I am completely against this corridor A proposal and very concerned by its consideration. I certainly do not want any overpass installed or expansion of the freeway in this area. It would devalue my property severely, the pollution and noise would impact a lot of residents and I dont wish to see the Koonung trail destroyed. Your assessment ticks Improving public transport, what - by not considering a tram from Doncaster to the city and I certainly don't believe because this looks like the shortest route that it would be the cheapest - not if there is to home acquiring in the Bulleen/North Balwyn area - really have you seen the medium price values!

    Kerrye asked about 1 month ago

    Thanks for the feedback Kerrye. Input like this is helpful for us as we continue to investigate how the corridors perform.

    One of our objectives for this project is to make travelling around local areas safer and easier, including by improving walking and cycling connections.  

    As part of our planning for North East Link we are also required not to exclude the potential for a future Doncaster Rail project.

    The costs for the different options you may have seen in the media were compiled by journalists. We still have more technical and other studies to complete before we can cost the options.

  • I don't understand why/how you assess 10 years of traffic disruption to the Eastern Freeway while it is widened to accommodate the additional traffic only scores a yellow "neutral and not THREE BIG RED CROSSES??

    resident001 asked about 1 month ago

    Hi Resident001,

    As part of our early work for North East Link we are assessing the broad impacts of construction on local communities for each of the corridors.

    The main impacts are expected to be related to the movement of materials through the construction area, the removal of spoil from construction of tunnels and general construction activities.

    All of these impacts can be mitigated in various ways, including using well-tested construction practices.

    The scores for the corridors are based on work completed so far. We still have more work to do in this area. What we are hearing from communities now is helping us to do this.

    You can read more about our work so far in our technical summary on the publications page of our website http://northeastlink.vic.gov.au/publications

    A table from this report summarising our work so far on likely construction impacts for the corridors is below.




  • I want to stress following points again, 1) Loss of most parkland on the south side of the Eastern Freeway 2) Loss of Doncaster Rail proposed East Kew and Bulleen Station sites 3) Compulsory acquisition of houses near the Eastern Freeway 4) Increase traffic in Boroondara, noise, pollution 5) Tolls on the Eastern Freeway Therefore I would say No to Option A)

    kan asked about 1 month ago

    Hi Kan,

    Thanks for your feedback. Two of our guiding principles for North East Link are to minimise impacts on communities and minimise impacts on the environment.

    This includes minimising acquisition of homes and public open spaces where possible. 

    Should Option A proceed, any design that required acquiring most of the parklands on the south of the Eastern Freeway would not meet the project principles and would not be considered.

    Although building Doncaster Rail is not part of the North East Link project we are required as part of our planning not to exclude it is a potential future option.

    Government policy on tolls is that new roads may be tolled but existing roads cannot. Should Option A proceed you would still be able to use the routes you can now without paying new tolls.

  • While I understand the need to upgrade Melbourne's Road infrastructure, I am appalled at the lack of transparency regarding, in my particular case, Corridor A. I have attended many information sessions and the one overriding similarity in all of them, is the fact that the level in information supplied is unsatisfactory [to say the least] . This lack of transparency seems to be a recurring theme with the current State Government and their mouth piece that is NELA. My concerns relate to environmental impacts & the severe impact to the general amenity that Corridor A would result in, not to mention the resultant compulsory acquisitions that would inevitably go along with this proposal. Overheads [which I imagine will be a given - as I cant see any other way around the issues connected to Corridor A], will have a hugely detrimental impact on the lifestyle that we have enjoyed in Bulleen for over 40 years. The widening of the Eastern freeway will also have a negative impact on the area [Bulleen, North Balwyn, East Kew]. One of the main benefits of living in Bulleen have been the parklands, sports & social clubs, walking tracks, Marcellin College & Trinity Sports Grounds [Which are all under threat from this ill conceived idea]. It is clear from all that I have read & heard, that Corridor A is the preferred option [especially as it is purported to be the cheapest option. I cant understand how this can actually be the case, as I don't believe the scope of work required to the widening of the Eastern Freeway [from Chandler Hwy to Springvale Rd] & the cost of compulsory acquisitions cannot possibly have been included in the overall review of this option. The angst that this is causing in the community is palpable, and try as we might, we're unable to get a straight answer as to what the actual proposed Corridor A will look like. At last night's meeting, a question was asked as to the impact of pollution - The answer given was that these impacts would be canvased once a final decision is made on which Corridor will proceed. Is this not putting the horse before the cart? Surely, all well thought out plans & decisions are made with this information on the table?

    Lindaspc asked about 1 month ago

    Hi Lindaspc,

    We are in the very early strategic planning stages for this project and investigating how the different corridors perform at a high level against the project objectives and principles.

    We're doing this to understand the opportunities and challenges for each corridor and work towards recommending the best transport solution for Melbourne. There is no detailed design for North East Link at this early stage. We also still have more work to do before we can cost the options.

    We appreciate that by inviting communities to get involved at this point in the strategic planning for the project there are questions about detailed road design we are not able to answer and this has caused some uncertainty. But it also means that communities can participate in the project as early as possible, including by helping to shape the strategic objectives for North East Link and let us know which impacts are most important to communities to minimise.

    Had we come out with detailed designs for the road before completing this stage of engagement, many in the community would have felt that this was not an appropriate approach to developing a project like North East Link.

    We still have further technical work to complete on the corridors, as well as this stage of community consultation before we can recommend a preferred corridor. We do not have a preferred option at this stage.

    We’ll be keeping communities updated on the project as it progresses and there will be many more opportunities for communities to be involved and give feedback at each stage of our work.


  • I live in Furneaux Grove, right near the freeway entrance to Bulleen Rd. Traffic noise and general pollution is getting worse and worse every day. I am now extremely worried about the impact of a connection using Bulleen Rd. Surely if Option A is a serious option, the land in between Eaglemont and the Golf Course would make more sense than build a major connection near Marcellin, Carey and Trinity school grounds not to mention other public venues along that road such as the tennis centre, swim school, football grounds and the Veneto Club? This land wouldn't put anyone out and would reduce noise and pollution to residents. An overpass would significantly reduce the property values of many homes in Bulleen so I for one will be boycotting any such suggestion. As I am so close to the intended connection point could you please ensure I get regular updates on the status of Option A. regards Margaret

    Margaret Pileggi asked about 1 month ago

    Hi Margaret,

    As part of our early work for North East Link, we have investigated numerous possible interchanges and locations.

    For a potential interchange further west than Bulleen Road in the area near the golf course, the close proximity of the Yarra River to the Eastern Freeway would not allow for a connection without significant impact to the Yarra River and surrounding sensitive environmental area. The area is also within a flood zone.

    One of our principles for this project is to minimise impacts on communities. Should Option A proceed there would likely be multiple design options for the section near Bulleen Road. 

    You can subscribe to receive our email updates here http://northeastlink.vic.gov.au/news/contact or call us on 1800 941 191 so we can understand your specific concerns, take your contact details and stay in touch with you as the project progresses.

  • I feel that you have not considered the residents by using terms such as potential corridor and potential tunnel. You should and would have an idea of the exact proposal and whether or not it is a bridge, bypass or tunnel and what it will look like particularly at Bulleen Road/Thompsons road eastern freeway. If you haven't then I already feel that it is bad planning on your behalf and you should address this before you consider affecting our community. You're seeking our feedback but you are not giving us very much information. My comfort level for recommending corridor A rests on whether there is tunnel or bridge or road which could affect my home and my community directly.

    Resident38yrs asked about 1 month ago

    Hi Resident38yrs,

    We are in the very early strategic planning stages for this project. This means we are investigating how the different corridors perform at a high level against the project objectives and principles.

    We're doing this to understand the opportunities and challenges for each corridor and work towards recommending the best transport solution for Melbourne. There is no detailed design for North East Link at this early stage.

    We appreciate that by inviting communities to get involved at this point in strategic planning there are questions about detailed road design we are not able to answer, but it also means that communities can participate in the project as early as possible by telling us what you want North East Link to achieve and what impacts you most want minimised.


  • Hi there, It seems the decision has essentially been made- corridor A is surely NELAs and the governments preferred option- it certainly biased in that way! The diagrams depicting the corridors are misleading with corridor A presenting as the shortest when in fact it is just as long as the other corridors given the upgrade required to the the eastern freeway. I was at a community meeting last night & it was incredible that Mr Elliot NELA CEO consistently reiterated that specific drawings/costings had not been done for each of the corridors and that this would be undertaken when a corridor was chosen! What ? Really? When i undertook my home renovation i had an estimate of how much that would cost me. Have costings not been completed to incorporate Land, house acquisition, tunnel lengths ( & associated costs) etc...? Then how can a corridor be selected? How many houses will be acquired? This will have devastating impact on Balwyn North, Bulleen, Kew east and are only solace is that the far east and north will benefit at our expense? Is this all politics? liberal versus labour areas? Please specify the impact to the environment and the beautiful Kooyong Reserve- NELA has given this a neutral rating for corridor A rather than a negative rating -why?

    HL asked about 1 month ago

    Hi HL,

    Thanks for the questions. We still have further technical and other studies, as well as this stage of community engagement, to complete before we can recommend a preferred corridor. We do not have a preferred option at this stage.

    The maps for each of the corridor options in our printed material and on our website show the potential upgrades to existing roads that would likely be required.

    Our maps for Corridor A show upgrades to the Eastern Freeway. Our maps for Corridor B and Corridor C show upgrades to Springvale Road and Reynolds Road, including the possibility of extending Reynolds Road to the Maroondah Highway.

    We still have more studies to complete on the corridor options before they can be costed. The costings for the options will include upgrades required to the existing road network.

    Because we don’t yet know where North East Link could be built, it is too early for us to know which properties could potentially be affected and how.

    We will be recommending the corridor to government that best meets the outcomes North East Link needs to achieve and best allows us to minimise impacts on communities and the environment.

    You can read more about the rating for ‘Ability to protect the environment, culture, heritage and open spaces’ for Corridor A in our Technical Summary here http://northeastlink.vic.gov.au/publications

    To identify areas of high ecological value we used the Department of Land, Water and Planning’s NaturePrint Strategic Biodiversity Values map. This tool identifies priority areas for protection and is recommend to be used in the early stages of infrastructure projects such as North East Link. The figure below shows that Corridors B, C and D travel through greater areas of highest biodiversity than Corridor A.



  • How can the loss of sporting fields (Tennis Centre, Marcellin and Trinity playgrounds, Swim Centre, Footy ovals and soccer fields) and open spaces (Koonung Creek Reserve, Hayes Paddock) be deemed 'neutral'? Please explain. These areas have a high patronage from local residents and are used on a regular daily basis. Their loss will have a direct and high impact on local residents, not to mention flora and fauna. How can the introduction of 100 000 extra trucks and cars and their associated noise and pollution impact us local residents in only a 'neutral' manner? This may fix the problem of trucks on Rosanna Rd and Fitzsimmons Lane, but it will just move the problem to Bulleen Rd, Bourke Rd and Doncaster Rd. Rosanna Rd etc does need to be fixed, but Option A is not the correct way to do this.

    sylvia_a_markovic asked about 1 month ago

    Hi Sylvia,

    Because we don’t yet know where North East Link could be built it is too early for us to know exactly how it could be designed.

    We are aware that a local group opposed to Corridor A has been circulating maps that show significant impacts on the facilities you mention. These maps are false.

    One of our guiding principles for the project is to minimise impacts on communities. This includes minimising impacts on community facilities.

    Should Corridor A proceed there would likely be multiple design options for the section near Bulleen Road and the upgrades to the Eastern Freeway that would allow us to achieve this.

    Our traffic modelling so far shows that should Option A be built many of the vehicles that would use it are already using the Eastern Freeway as part of their trips between the north-east and south-east.


  • Is there any potential for this corridor to impact the Koonung Reserve sporting oval (cnr Allen St & Furneaux Grove)? Significant funds have been raised by both the Football & Cricket clubs for capital works over the past few years which includes a 220k project by the Football club to install new floodlights. We need to ensure this proposed corridor will not reduce our current amenities.

    Peter T asked about 1 month ago

    Hi Peter T,

    One of our guiding principles for this project is to minimise impacts on communities. This includes minimising impacts on community facilities.

    Because we are early planning stages, there is no detailed design for North East Link at this stage. However, should Option A proceed we expect that upgrades to the Eastern Freeway would most likely be able to be constructed within the existing road reserve area.

    Thanks for letting us know that the sporting facilities at Koonung Reserve are important to you. We’ll take this feedback on board as we continue to investigate how the corridors perform.


  • Is Rocklea Road Bulleen going to be affected??

    LauraT asked about 1 month ago

    Hi Laura,

    We have had reports of people who have not been identifying themselves and who are in no way associated with the North East Link Authority door knocking in this area with incorrect and misleading information about the project. Can you please call us on 1800 941 191 so we can understand your concerns.

    Kind regards

    The North East Link team

  • HI, How will Bulleen Road be retained for local use? Where will the freeway go? Will it go above the houses in the Yarralean Estate? How will Marcellin, Veneto Club, Carey and Trinity sportsfields be affected? What about the Bolin Bolin Billabong? Or the heritage listed house in Robb Cl? Why wouldn't you tunnel under Bulleen Road? If it can be done under the Yarra river then surely it can be done below Bulleen Road. What about the proposed rail link to Doncaster? Will that be affected? There really isn't enough information provided to the public on what option A entails. Please provide more information.

    SM asked about 1 month ago

    Hi SM,

    Thanks for the questions.

    Because we don’t yet know where North East Link could be built, it’s too early for us to know exactly how it could be designed. Should Option A proceed there would likely be multiple design options for the section near Bulleen Road. These would most likely include ‘under’, ‘over’, or ‘next to’ Bulleen Road.

    We are still working on engineering and other studies, including social impact assessments, to investigate what is possible.

    One of our guiding principles for North East Link is to minimise impacts on communities. This includes minimising acquisitions where possible as well as minimising other impacts such as visual and noise.

    We are also working to minimise impacts on places of cultural and heritage significance and are aware that Bolin Bolin Billabong is a highly sensitive area. We are also aware of the heritage listed home in Robb Clos. We are factoring these areas, as well as others across the entire study area, into how we are continuing to investigate and assess the different corridor options.

    While building Doncaster Rail is not part of the North East Link project, as part of our early work to investigate Corridor A we are allowing for a potential future rail project. We are also looking at a range of other opportunities to improve public transport services as an integral part of the different corridor options.

    We are involving communities very early in the planning process so we can understand what you want North East Link to achieve. We appreciate that this means we can't answer all the questions people have right now, particularly around detailed road design, but what we are hearing is playing an important role in helping us as we continue to investigate how the different corridor options perform.


  • I think corridor A would perform the best this is where most of the congestion is every day there is major gridlock from traffic especially trucks trying to get from the eastlink to greens borough bypass. It is really important we go with corridor A it will make such a difference to the eastern suburbs. Any other corridor will not alleviate this problem we need this in Manningham now.

    Josephine asked about 1 month ago

    Thanks for your comments Josephine.

  • Hi. I get a Hurstbridge line train to the CBD every morning and it passes over the end of Eastern Freeway at the Hoddle St/Alexandra Parade. Every day you can see the banked up cars going back along the Eastern to the horizon. Surely Corridor A is just going to multiply this crawl in the morning? Isn't the only way to reduce/prevent this is to join the two roads through the other corridors?

    Richard of Macleod asked about 1 month ago

    Hi Richard,

    Thanks for the question. Our traffic studies so far have found that should Corridor A be built, inbound traffic to the CBD on the Eastern Freeway would not be materially different than if it was not built.

    North East Link will service existing demand for a connection Melbourne's north, north-east and south-east. Our traffic modelling so far has found that should Option A be built, most traffic travelling south along the new link would turn away from the city near Bulleen Road and continue to destinations along the Eastern Freeway or further east.

  • Why not Tunnel from Mannigham Rd to the Eastern Freeway at BURKE RD ie tunnel under Yarra Flats Park and Bulleen Park to BURKE RD instead of BULLEEN Rd ?

    DianM asked about 1 month ago

    Hi DianM,

    Thanks for the question.

    As part of our early work for North East Link, we have investigated numerous possible interchanges and locations.

    For a potential interchange at Bourke Road, the close proximity of the Yarra River to the Eastern Freeway would not allow for a connection without significant impact to the Yarra River and surrounding sensitive environmental area. The area is also within a flood zone.


  • I attended your information session at the Marwell Centre on Thursday evening and came away with the following thought; How can we be expected to make a considered and intelligent contribution to this "consultation" on Corridor A when we have, and unable to obtain, any detailed information on the impact on our immediate neighborhoods? Surely any loss of amenity by the community should form part of this "consultation" ?

    cleodp asked about 1 month ago

    Hi cleodp,

    Because we don’t yet know where North East Link could be built, it's too early for us to know exactly how it could be designed.

    We are in very early planning stages for this project and interested to know if communities think the objectives for the project align with what you want North East Link to achieve and if the project principles align with what you would like us to work to protect in the north-east.

    The project objectives and principles are what our team are using to investigate how each of the corridors perform. They allow us to compare each corridor against consistent criteria and measures.

    You can tell us which objectives and principles matter most to you by taking the survey here https://jointheconversation.northeastlink.vic.gov.au/shape-north-east-link

    We are also sharing what we’ve found about each of the corridors so far so that communities have a chance to let us know if we are looking at what matters to you and if you think we’ve missed anything important. What we are hearing is helping to inform our ongoing investigations.

    We appreciate that because we are involving communities very early in the planning process there are questions about detailed design that we aren’t able to answer just yet. But we also want to give communities a chance to help shape the project at a big picture level. We’ll continue to engage with local communities as the project progresses, including as we recommend a preferred corridor and move into designing the project.


  • Hello I'm not sure if this question has been asked - I apologise if it has- but I would like to know why the ''Ability to protect the environment, culture, heritage and open spaces'' received a neutral rating for option A but for option C for example it received performs poorly.

    Rosanna asked about 1 month ago

    Hi Rosanna,

    Thanks for the question. Our early work has used information from a range of databases, registers and previous works. The scores are based on the studies we have done so far.

    For example, to investigate areas of high ecological value our early work has used the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning’s NaturePrint Strategic Biodiversity Values Map. The map helps to identify how development projects can be designed to have the least impact on biodiversity assets and is recommended to be used in the early stages of major infrastructure projects like North East Link. A copy of the map is included below and shows that Corridor B, C and D pass through greater areas of highest biodiversity than Corridor A.


    You can find more information about sources used to investigate cultural heritage, historic heritage, sensitive landscapes and public open space on pages 64-69 of our Technical Summary available for download here northeastlink.vic.gov.au/publications.

    The Technical Summary also has information about the further work we have to do in this area.

  • What will be the impact on Bulleen road and surrounding residents who live in the Yarraleen Estate (Golden Way), Marcellin College, the Tennis Club, Carey and Trinity Sports grounds and the soccer / football facilities at both Templestowe United and (Veneto Club) Bulleen Lions. Will Bulleen road be upgraded and to what extent, the on ramps to the Eastern Freeway do not cope with the volume of traffic that runs along Bulleen Road currently let alone additional traffic.

    bulleenresident asked about 2 months ago

    Hi Bulleen Resident,

    Because we don’t yet know where North East Link could be built, nor exactly how it could be designed it is too early for us to know which properties could potentially be affected and how.

    We are very keen to minimise impacts on communities. This includes minimising impacts on community facilities and property acquisition. Should option A proceed there would likely be multiple design options for the section near Bulleen Road and we would work closely with local residents and stakeholders to understand their needs and concerns and work towards the best possible outcomes.

    We are asking anyone who is worried now to contact us on 1800 941 191 so we can understand their concerns, take their contact details, and stay in touch as the project progresses. 

    As part of our early work for North East Link we are looking at what upgrades to the existing road network would be required to make the new link work most effectively as well as to maintain or improve local connectivity and access. North East Link will be new road infrastructure, including access ramps. Our traffic modelling so far has found that should Option A proceed, reliance on using Bulleen Road to access the Eastern Freeway would reduce.


  • Corridor A interchange with the Eastern Fwy would destroy Bellevue Primary school, Boroondara Tennis Centre, Marcellin College, Trinity College and Carey Grammar School sporting complexes, not to mention parkland with cycling paths to the city, as well as homes...and that's just the interchange! How can this be managed better?

    Rosalind Alley asked about 2 months ago

    Hi Rosalind,

    Thanks for letting us know that these areas are important to you.

    We met with Bellevue Primary last night to hear their concerns and explain that should Option A be built, the school would not be affected.

    Should option A be built there would be multiple design options for the section north of the Eastern Freeway near Bulleen Road. Because we don’t yet know where North East Link could be built, it’s still too early for us to know exactly how it could be designed.

    One of our guiding principles for North East Link is to minimise impacts on communities, this includes minimising impacts on community facilities where possible. As the project progresses we’ll be working closely with communities and local stakeholders to understand how we can best achieve this.

    Part of our planning for North East Link is looking at how we can make communities easier and safer to travel around. This includes improvements to walking and cycling connections.

    Should Option A proceed, there would likely be opportunities to widen and upgrade the Koonung Creek Trail as well as opportunities to explore new shared use paths.


  • Corridor A seems to score relatively well on the criteria scores provided. It would be helpful to know: (1) preliminary cost estimates for each Corridor; (2) countermeasures for the environmental issues of Corridor A: may the tennis courts and school sports grounds near the junction with East Link be protected, or re-located? (3) countermeasures for the construction traffic issues of Corridor A.

    GeoffLCW asked about 2 months ago

    Hi Geoff,

    Thanks for the questions. 

    We've shared what we've found about each of the corridors so far so that communities can get involved as early as possible. We still have more work to do before we can answer all of the questions people are asking us. 

    Two of our principles for this project are to minimise impacts on the environment and to minimise impacts on communities. We are planning for North East Link to achieve these principles as best as possible.

    We are aiming to have estimated costs for each of the options by the end of the year. We are also still working on field studies to complete our environmental investigations. 

    Once we have a preferred corridor and can start work on more detailed designs for the road we will be able to have a better understanding of potential construction impact mitigation measures as well as whether any properties may be affected.


  • Would this route go through the native bushland at the Watsonia Army Barracks?

    ccobern asked about 2 months ago

    Hi ccobern,

    Because we don't yet know where North East Link could be built it is still to early for us to know the exact route it could take.

    As part of planning for North East Link we are looking at how we can minimise impacts on communities and the environment.

  • Has the authority done any study about the option that is building a combination road net with corridor A and C together? Or building A first then plus C?

    Moody asked about 2 months ago

    Hi Moody - We're working towards recommending a preferred corridor.

  • How do you justify giving this option a neutral rating for construction disruption when you will be doing widening and bridge modification works by your own admission along the freeway from chandler highway to Ringwood. We have no train in manningham. I am genuinely terrified that these works will make working in the city completely unworkable for years to come.

    CatherineM asked about 2 months ago

    Hi Catherine,

    Thanks for your question and for letting us know that construction impacts on the Eastern Freeway are a concern for you.

    The score for construction impacts for each corridor is based on our work so far to predict the expected movement of materials through the construction area, the expected removal of spoil materials from the construction of tunnels and general construction activities.

    All of these impacts would be mitigated in various ways using well-tested construction practices and in accordance with relevant laws and standards.

    We are continuing to explore potential construction-related impacts and possible mitigation measures as part of our ongoing work to investigate the corridor options.

  • I travel along Bulleen Rd-Eastern Fwy-Springvale Rd twice a day. I can't see how Option A will greatly reduce congestion on these roads. None of the options includes access from the northern end of Springvale Rd. I work on Springvale Rd. and it is not worth my while at present going further east to access eastlink to travel north-south. Hence I will still access the Eastern Fwy from Springvale Rd. as will most drivers who currently use this option. A link to the North-East link from the northern end of Springvale Rd. would split city bound and northwest bound traffic between the Eastern Fwy and the North-East Link. Also will the on ramp configuration eastbound off Bulleen Rd. be upgraded?

    Michael O asked about 2 months ago

    Hi Michael O,

    As part of planning for North East Link we're looking carefully at traffic patterns, including origin and destination surveys to see where people are moving from and to.

    Should Option A be built it would likely include upgrades to the Eastern Freeway. The connection between North East Link and the Eastern Freeway near Bulleen Road would be new road infrastructure. We would also look at what complementary upgrades to existing roads and interchanges would likely be required to make North East Link work most effectively.


  • Corridor A is definitely the very best and only sensible option. It would be the best way to ease congestion and to also reduce travelling time. It just ticks all the boxes.

    Tony R asked about 2 months ago

    Hi Tony R. Thanks for letting us know that easing congestion and reducing travel times are key outcomes you want from North East Link.

  • Corridor A is the best option for reducing traffic on the Eastern Freeway in lieu of the abandoned East-west tunnel project.

    Ian James asked about 2 months ago

    Thanks for the feedback Ian.

  • In my opinion this is the worst option, the Eastern freeway is already congested by traffic entering from both the Chandler Hwy., and Bulleen road. I believe your research would indicate a high number of nose to tail accidents currently around the Bulleen road entrance. There should not be a connection into the Eastern freeway

    IANA asked about 2 months ago

    Hi Iana,

    Thanks for the feedback. Our traffic studies so far have found that should option A be built, reliance on Bulleen Road to access the Eastern Freeway would be reduced. There would be fewer vehicles on Bulleen Road. We would also likely be able to investigate upgrades to Bulleen Road to improve intersection safety. Upgrades to the Eastern Freeway to cater for additional traffic would be included as part of the project.

  • Why isn't mention of the detrimental impact on the cycling options along the koonung parkland being mentioned? Why isn't the detrimental impact to freeway bus services, the only realistic route to the CBD for manningham residents being mentioned? Why isn't the destruction of land for Doncaster rail being mentioned. There are massive impacts here being glossed over.

    CatherineM asked about 2 months ago

    Hi Catherine,

    Thanks for your questions and for letting us know that walking and cycling trails and public transport are important to you.

    Because we do not yet know where North East Link could be built, we still have a lot more work to do before we can know how it could be designed. We’re looking closely at how we can minimise impacts to the environment and communities for all options. 

    One of our objectives for North East Link is to make local neighbourhoods safer and easier to travel in. This includes looking at how we can improve public transport services as well as walking and cycling connections.

    Should Option A proceed, associated upgrades to the Eastern Freeway would likely create opportunities for improved bus services. There would also likely be opportunities for new shared use walking and cycling paths.

    While building Doncaster Rail is not part of the North East Link project our planning includes allowing for a potential future Doncaster Rail.



  • When I take the Eastlink and Bulleen road exit to travel between Lilydale and LaTrobe university I find the worst congestion points are from Tram road to Bulleen road, and the area around the Austin hospital. This option looks like it would relieve the area around the Austin and Heidelberg high street which is a plus.

    ChrisW asked about 2 months ago

    Thanks for letting us know that reducing congestion in these locations is important to you ChrisW

  • I am full support of the north east link as I am regularly travelling from Ringwood to Mernda or Cragieburn to visit my parents and other family. But I strongly believe corridor A is worst option in comparison to B, C and D. You have said corridor A would ease congestion around the Greensborough, Heidelberg area, however did you consider that it would add congestion to the Eastern freeway citybound during peak hour (not only for city workers but also during sporting events like AFL, tennis, or other Melbourne CBD events like concerts etc)? You mention upgrades to the Eastern freeway? So what are the proposals to upgrade the Hoddle St, Alexander Pde and Chandler Hwy exits where the congestion exists in peak hour city bound? Yes I agree that the North-East link should encourage commuters to travel from the North to the East and South East suburbs, BUT corridor A is a terrible option as it ALSO encourages commuters to travel from the North to the CBD, which would just just cause more congestion as mentioned above. People have already expressed their interest in using the corridor A to travel city bound to avoid Plenty Rd. I could be wrong, but I thought at some stage, there were mentions of a North-South link; a corridor from the North to join onto the Western Ring Road (which is better than the Eastern Fwy) for those wanting commute from North to CBD? I used to live in South Morang and commute to the city by train from Lalor in the first instance, then from South Morang when the station was built. But given the limited amount or car parking at the stations due to the overwhelming amount of people who now work the city, not to mention the trains being over crowded, poor timetabling and not having enough express trains, I ultimately decided to drive into the city. Here's the other problem, due to the North becoming more developed and populated, and infrastructure that is not keeping up, this has made traveling on Plenty Road worse than Hoddle St. So being fed up with the 1.5-2hr drive each way I moved to Ringwood. Please don't make the Eastern Fwy another Plenty Rd of congestion by introducing corridor A, as this would be frustrating from commuters coming from the East and from the North who might have thought that this option would end their Plenty Rd woes.

    row3elliott asked about 2 months ago

    Hi row3elliott,

    Thanks for your questions and comments and for letting us know that traffic on the Eastern Freeway is a concern for you.

    One of the requirements we have set for this project is to not create new problems in solving the ones we've identified.

    Should Option A be built, it would likely include complementary upgrades to the Eastern Freeway between North East Link and EastLink. Our traffic studies so far have found that traffic at the city end of the Eastern Freeway would not be materially different than if North East Link was not built.

    Our traffic studies are continuing and being informed by feedback like yours.


  • Corridor A is the most critically required link from a cost, time to build and Greensborough to Bulleen traffic congestion relief view. Would the North East Link committee show real foresight and consider building both A and C concurrently?

    SteveT asked about 2 months ago

    Hi SteveT,

    We're working towards recommending the best possible corridor option to connect the M80 Ring Road with the Eastern Freeway or EastLink.

  • Having been suddenly awoken early one morning some 30years ago to the noise of the bulldozers crashing the large pine trees that once lined the old aqueduct which were subsequently swallowed into the building of the ring road between plenty and greensborough roads, and then endured (seen & heard) incesitent road building works - all without consultation from VICROADS until a residents group demanded and got a consult. This "consult" gave us mounds with a wooden fence on its ridge as "noise prevention". I now ask (a) what kind of noise reduction works (accepting that noise prevention is impossible) will be undertaken? The trucks with their exhaust/engine brakes can be very loud at 4am in the morning! (b) what exactly does "freeway-standard road" mean? (c) and how does it differ from a freeway and a normal main road eg Greensborough Road?

    Local resident asked about 2 months ago

    Hi Local Resident,

    Because we don't yet know where North East Link could be built, nor how it could be designed, it's too early to make any decisions about noise treatments, but we’ll be working with all the relevant Victorian government authorities, including VicRoads and the EPA, to get the best outcomes. We'll also be consulting with local communities throughout each stage of the project so we can understand your concerns and hear what kind of solutions will work best for you.

    Once we have a preferred corridor option and a more detailed design for the road, planning approvals are expected to take place using an Environmental Effects Statement (EES) process.

    An EES is a tried and tested process to consider any project impacts and what can be done to reduce them. The EES process for North East Link is expected to include assessment of potential impacts including (but not limited to) transport, air quality, noise, landscape and visual amenity, vibration, ecology, business, social and human health impacts.

    We are planning North East Link to be a minimum of three lanes each way with free-flowing interchanges so traffic does not have to stop and start (i.e. using merge lanes where possible rather than traffic lights).

  • How much noise will be heard from residents that live on the boulevard in Eaglemont as the cars exit the tunnel at the corner of manningham and bulleen roads? Noise will travel easily across the open spaces of the banyule flats.

    Oliver asked about 2 months ago

    Hi Oliver,

    Because we don't yet know where North East Link could be built, nor how it could be designed, it's too early to make any decisions about noise treatments, but we’ll be working with all the relevant Victorian government authorities, including VicRoads and the EPA, to get the best outcomes. 

    Once we have a preferred corridor option and a more detailed design for the road, planning approvals are expected to take place using an Environmental Effects Statement (EES) process.

    An EES is a tried and tested process to consider any project impacts and what can be done to reduce them. The EES process for North East Link is expected to include assessment of potential impacts including (but not limited to) transport, air quality, noise, landscape and visual amenity, vibration, ecology, business, social and human health impacts.


  • How will pollution out of the tunnel be managed? Will the tunnel have chimneys that will let car pollution out into the air over the banyule flats parkland?

    Oliver asked about 2 months ago

    Hi Oliver,

    Thanks for the question. Because we don't yet know where North East Link could be built, nor how it could be designed, it is too early for us to know where ventilation structures could be located.

    We do know from previous projects that they are most often located at the entrances and exits of tunnels, and it is therefore highly unlikely there would be one in the Banyule Flats.

    As with any road tunnel construction, ventilation systems would be designed to maintain air quality in accordance with Environment Protection Authority (EPA) policies and standards.

    Air quality would be monitored both before and after the construction of the road tunnel to ensure EPA guidelines are met.

    Air quality for Melbourne’s CityLink and EastLink tunnels is continuously monitored and results show air quality in surrounding areas is not affected by the tunnels.


  • I believe that Option A is by far the best. It is the one that will reduce the traffic along Rosanna Road and Bulleen Road the most. Both these roads are currently way too busy. It will also contribute to taking traffic off other areas it is is designed with enough spare capacity for the long term.

    meldrum2 asked about 2 months ago

    Thanks for letting us know getting traffic off these roads is important to you meldrum2.

  • "Should Option A be built, it would likely include upgrades to the Eastern Freeway". Please be more specific on the impact on the Koonung Reserve and adjacent residences to the Eastern Freeway. Are you considering compulsory acquisition of land and homes to widen the Freeway?

    Option B asked about 2 months ago

    Hi Option B,

    Because we don't yet know where North East Link could be built, it is still too early for us to know how it could be designed, including the details of complementary upgrades to existing roads.

    Should Option A be built, likely upgrades to the Eastern Freeway would include additional lanes in each direction, upgrades to bridges to accommodate the height of b-triple trucks and installing ramp signals to assist with traffic flow.

    Because we don't yet know the exact details of these upgrades, it is also too early for us to know if any properties would be affected.

    If you live in the area and are worried now, please contact our team on 1800 941 191 so we can understand your concerns, take your contact details and stay in touch with you as the project progresses.

  • I would expect that Option A will 'drop out' as the most economic and technically attractive option however the proposal does not address the current massive bottleneck at the Bullen Road to the Eastern Freeway on ramp (to the East). There is little point in building a new connection and shifting the problem to an existing bottleneck.

    Ian Moran asked about 2 months ago

    Hi Ian,

    North East Link will be new road infrastructure. 

    Our traffic studies so far have found that all four corridor options, including option A, would reduce reliance on Bulleen Road to access the Eastern Freeway.

    The estimates of potential changes in daily weekday traffic on Bulleen Road by 2031 are:

    • Corridor A: 2,500 - 3,500 fewer vehicles on Bulleen Road
    • Corridor B: 4,000 - 5,000 fewer vehicles on Bulleen Road
    • Corridor C: 2,000 - 3,000 fewer vehicles on Bulleen Road
    • Corridor D: 500 - 1,500 fewer vehicles on Bulleen Road

  • NELA have described Bolin Bolin billabong near Bulleen rd is a "no go area." Glad to hear this. Why is bush at Simpson Barracks near Greensborough Rd considered fair game when it is home to at least 2 endangered plants (Studley Park Gum & Matted Flax Lily) and part of a wildlife corridor?

    James asked 2 months ago

    Hi James,

    We are currently identifying the environmental attributes of all of the corridors.   

    When a preferred corridor is selected all environmental attributes, including threatened species habitat and wildlife corridors, will inform the project development and, where practical, impacts will be avoided or minimised. 

  • Why can't the government borrow the money and run their own toll road, if it is good enough for private enterprise why can't the government do the same. I don't like giving private business the road system to rip us off for years to come. I would rather the profits go towards us being the Victorian people.

    Rod Finnigan asked 2 months ago

    Thanks for the feedback Rod. 

  • I was advised by an engineering colleague that he attended a luncheon where the CEO of the North east Link authority gave an address. He advised the luncheon group that the authority had considered 30 options in their analysis. This luncheon was four days prior to the release of the options report. Can the public be advised what the 30 options were and why 26 options have been scrapped prior to the release of the report?

    road123 asked 2 months ago

    Hi Road123,

    As part of our early work for North East Link we let people know we were exploring all possible options to connect the M80 to the Eastern Freeway or EastLink.

    We assessed these options against measures like whether they would help do things like ease congestion, as well as looked at likely design and engineering challenges. The options that did not meet the outcomes North East Link needs to deliver, would have resulted in significant community or environmental impacts, or were not technically feasible, were not progressed further.

    The remaining feasible options are now under further investigation and have been shared with communities so we can hear what people have to say.

  • I drive from Ringwood to Kew (Chandler Hwy) between 7-7:30am Mon-Fri. The most congested section is Springvale rd to Bulleen rd. How does funnelling more traffic on to the Eastern freeway to Bulleen rd improve travel times?

    HelenJ asked 2 months ago

    Hi Helen,

    Should Option A be built, it would likely include upgrades to the Eastern Freeway.

  • I'd appreciate advice on what impact any of these four options will have in terms of reducing the heavy traffic flow on Main Rd between Para Rd and Fitzsimmons Lane. It's a very noisy road to live near. Can residents expect any improvement as a result of NE Link? Is there any difference between the four options in terms of Main Rd impact?

    Belinda asked 2 months ago

    Hi Belinda,

    As part of our early work for North East Link we’re looking closely at how each corridor option would likely change traffic conditions on the existing road network. 

    Our traffic studies so far have found that Option A, C and D would all likely help decrease heavy vehicle traffic on Main Road near Para Road.

    However, should Option B be built there would likely be a slight increase in heavy vehicle traffic due to the proposed interchange at Lower Plenty Road near the river. This would likely attract heavy vehicles to Main Road.



  • Hi I live in south Morang and commute to the city for work along plenty RD I work from my vehicle , I leave at 6am and it takes me 55 mins Torbreck Ave to little Burke Going home 115 to 130 depending on how busy Bundoora is and it's 100 traffic lights (nice planning VIC) I'd prefer option A as diving to Ringwood doesn't make sense for were I live, But plenty rd is struggling with the traffic coming off the M80 now in the evenings, it's just not going to cope with option A If plenty rd had more thought put into it like they did with the Maroondah HWY . I'd still prefer option A.

    Julz asked 2 months ago

    Hi Julz

    North East Link will cater for the movement of people and goods around Melbourne rather than in and out of the central city areas. As 80 percent of all jobs are located outside the central city, there is high demand for travel for work, education and leisure in and around the suburban activity centres. Our traffic studies so far have found that most people would use North East Link to travel between the north and south-east, not into the city.

    Should Option A be built, our traffic modelling so far has found that it would help to reduce traffic on Plenty Road.


  • I have attended the forums and listened to a cross section of viewpoints from various groups and stakeholders in the discussion about the options. I agree with Stephen, we need to look to the future building infrastructure that will serve communities in 20+ years. Option A is a 'quick fix' that will solve immediate congestions issues to some degree, mainly through the Greensborough, Heidelberg, Bulleen areas. One has to wonder if congestions will ease at all. Toll roads have a track record of being avoided due to 'tolls'. We will have a lovely new freeway connection that will be avoided by trucks and general traffic.What benefit will this corridor have to Eltham and Warrandyte traffic? If, as I have been informed that studies have show that traffic is streaming to the East and South, to me it makes more sense to build the link projecting out to the East. Corridor C seems like both a short and long term option. I am not stating this to distance the connection from my area of residence, I see it as a viable option servicing a wider network Mattie

    Mattie asked 2 months ago

    Thanks for your feedback Mattie.

  • Hi team, Good work om the consultation so far. For All of the options, what if any consideration has been given into combining any future route with the M80 ring road upgrade from Plenty road eastwards starting 2019? There is potential to enhance the m80 ring road works by streamlining potential access with the North East link, including considering free flowing access from the current m80 onto the Greensborough Highway in both directions..this is currently a large bottle neck in both peak directions, and while an opportunity exists to add free flowing on ramps with elevated roadways etc it should be seized. Many thanks and keep up there good work!

    Andy G asked 2 months ago

    Thanks Andy G, Good questions! 

    As part of our planning for North East Link we're looking at how to design a connection between the M80 Ring Road and North East Link that enables traffic to flow freely including the potential of removing all the signalized intersections from Greensborough Bypass to M80. 

    We're also looking at what complementary upgrades would likely be required to improve the existing road network to make North East Link work most effectively. This includes working closely with VicRoads. 

    It's still too early for us to know what all the complementary works could include, but we're aware there are quite a few bottle necks around the M80 and will take your feedback about Plenty Road on board.

  • What is the study width of the corridors? I presume there must be some defined or guiding principle with regards to the battery limits. Are we talking about 100m +/-10m or 500m +/-50m?? Even if you cannot answer specific questions on the actual route at this stage or exact tunnel length, I hope you are able to answer a basic "width of corridor" type query. Thank you.

    Min asked 2 months ago

    Hi Min,

    We think we may have also been talking to you on Facebook about corridor widths?

    Because we are in very early planning stages of the project, we still have more work to do before we can know where North East Link could be built and how it could be designed.

  • Corridor A is the best option from my perspective. Least impact on existing infrastructure/housing Shortest tunnel and therefore lowest cost Shortest time to completion

    Ad asked 2 months ago

    Thanks for your feedback Ad.

  • I am concerned that Option A will be seen as the best because it is the cheapest - my strong view is that this will not be the correct solution because: 1. it will compound the already significant traffic jams on the Eastern Freeway between Springvale road and Bulleen road, 2. there will be significant disruptions to the existing network during the construction phase and these will simply cause chaos 3. we need to plan for the long term - the city is expanding very rapidly and there will be more and more cars on the roads in the future. Therefore, in my opinion we need an outer ring road of some sorts to keep the traffic away from the city and connecting. 4. My view is that Option C will be better and complete the ring road properly. It is able to connect with the existing public transport network to some extent and Option D whilst the least disruptive, is probably too "out of the way"

    Mark Nothnagel asked 2 months ago

    Thanks for your input Mark.

  • Hi, I've heard the excepted complete time for all those 4 options are all the same (2026). It make sense if option D was chosen, but for other options, especially A, it seems unnecessarily long. Would a more precise time estimation be made? Obviously, the time for different option should be different. If this estimation could be provide to public, a better selection could be made.

    Gang asked 2 months ago

    Hi Gang,

    Thanks for your feedback. Because we don't yet know where North East Link could be built, nor how it could be designed it's still too early to know how long it could take to build. 

    If how long North East Link could take to build is important to you, we encourage you to let us know more here https://jointheconversation.northeastlink.vic.gov.au/shape-north-east-link 

  • Corridor A is the realistic route with the current condition and requirement plus it is the cheapest and the more direct route to the east as well as to the city. Long term corridor C or D should be studied

    Wess asked 2 months ago

    Thanks for the feedback Wess.

  • We think out of 4 corridors, corridor A would be the best option. It's the most direct route with the least disruption to surrounding residence. We also believe it would be used by most traveling in either direction. Where as the other options may take just as long or longer as this existing route on Greensborough & Rosanna Roads to Bullen Road & to enter the freeway. The traffic flow wouldn't be reduce & if the idea is to reduce traffic flow on Rosanna Road the other option would be a waste of time & money. Kind regards

    Georgou asked 2 months ago

    Thanks for your feedback Georgou.

  • Looking at how you have ranked Option A and also the Premiers comments that the project costs must be $10b. it feels like a foregone conclusion that this is the option. All these feel good community forums where you have tried to make everyone feel that a six lane freeway through their community and in some cases requiring the acquisition of their houses really do little to remove the inherent anxiety of the situation. Whilst not directly affected, I can only plead with the NELA to not do the obvious but to take a longer term view and implement a solution that will serve the area for many years to come. Option A is merely duplicating Rosanna Road with an extra lane either way. How people in Eltham and Warrandyte benefit from this is a mystery!! You have the chance to build a proper orbital link which traverses the North East and takes pressure off the whole area. Don't take the weak and predictable way out. Show some courage and build a road which will be truly transformative. Selecting Option A will just confirm what may sceptics like I believe, that the Government needs a project capable of removing the pressure of East West Link with a project of similar value delivering short term wins but never really solves the problem. You have to be better than that and have a unique chance to be.

    Stephen asked 2 months ago

    Hi Stephen.

    Thanks for your letting us know how important it is for you that we get North East Link right, including reducing pressure on congested areas now and planning for future needs. 

    Part of our early planning for North East Link includes looking carefully at where people are living and working now, and where people will be living and working in decades to come.

    This is a challenging project, and there is no easy solution. Input like yours is helping us to better understand what's important to communities and how you want us to plan for and build North East Link.

    Thanks for getting involved.

  • I had the same comment as Bronwyn in regards to how the existing greensborugh and bullen road as intended to be retained as local roads. Is there any idea at this stage whether the link will be constructed over these roads or next to it? I sometimes use bullen road, rosanna road and greensborough road & M80 to get from ringwood to the airport. So option A would be very handy. I also like option B as it starts from eastlink however option A appears to provide a better outcome as there are more ticks and does not impact the environment as much as option B has more tunnel crossings under rivers.

    lizcwade asked 2 months ago

    Hi Liz,

    Thanks for the question. Because we don't yet know where North East Link will be built, it's still too early for us to know how it would be designed. 

    Should Option A proceed there would likely be multiple design options for the sections near Greensborough Highway and Bulleen Road including 'over', 'under' and 'next to' options. It will also involve further technical, environmental, engineering and other studies and further consultation with communities.

  • If this is a toll road, will the stretch of the Eastern Freeway between Bulleen Road and Springvale Road become a toll road as well? How will option A reduce the volume of traffic on the Eastern Freeway between Springvale Road and Bulleen Road?

    Michael O asked 2 months ago

    Hi Michael,

    The Government's policy is that new roads may be tolled, but existing roads may not. You would still be able to use the routes you use now without paying new tolls.

    Should Option A be built, upgrades to the Eastern Freeway would likely be required to cater for additional traffic. While we still have more work to do before we know exactly what these upgrades will include, they would likely involve new lanes, upgrades to bridges and ramp signals to help improve traffic flow.

  • it appears that Corridor A is the most cost effective and suitable for what we need but could a proper sound barrier, especially between Sellars St and Greensborough Hwy as the current fence does very little to cut the noise. I am in the section of Sellars St that runs just behind the Kempston St over pass. The barrier needs to be more sound and higher.

    Cindy asked 2 months ago

    Hi Cindy,

    Thanks for the question and your input. It's great to hear from people about what matters to them in their area.

    Should Option A be built we would look closely at how to minimise impacts on local communities and the environment. Part of this will include talking with locals to understand how to best do this. 

    Whichever corridor is recommended as the preferred solution, noise walls is something we would work with communities to plan and develop as we move into the detailed design stage of the project. The placement and size of any walls would also be informed by further technical studies. 

  • Hi...can you please clarify whether the current Greensborough Hwy will be retained purely for local road users or whether it will form part of the new NEL. Will there be 2 or 1 roads? My concern is that residents who live to the east of Greensborough Hwy will not be able to access services to the western side of the Hwy eg. Schools, sporting clubs. Will Yallambie Road then become a dead end street with no access to the western side of Macleod? If the interchanges are to be at Grimshaw Street and Lower Plenty Road will residents have to drive to either of these intersections in order to access the western side of the current Greensborough Highway?

    Bronwyn asked 2 months ago

    Hi Bronwyn,

    North East Link will be new road infrastructure. Greensborough Highway would be retained for local use.

    Keeping communities connected is a requirement we have set for this project. Should Option A be built, we would look closely at how to maintain local connections so people would still be able to travel on the routes they use now and access local facilities like shops and schools safely and easily.

    Because we don't yet know where North East Link could be built, it's too early for us to know exactly how it could be designed.

    Speaking with communities as the project progresses to understand how you use local areas now, and how you'd like us to maintain or enhance access to places you travel to will be an important part of the work we'll be doing as the project progresses.


  • Corridor A would appear to be the best option financially, time wise and suitability.

    Tony Zammit asked 2 months ago

    Thanks for your feedback Tony

  • In regards to Corridor A, have you taken into account the volume of traffic that would potentially exit from the proposed route and onto Eastern Freeway especially in the afternoons. This is already a bottle neck and only eases once you get past the tunnels if you are heading south. More trucks will use this exit to go around Melbourne instead of going down Tullamarine Freeway over Bolte Bridge and down Monash.

    AllanM asked 2 months ago

    Hi AllanM,

    Our traffic studies are looking closely at how each option would interact with the existing road network. This includes the Eastern Freeway. One of the requirements we have set for this project is not to create new problems in solving the ones we've identified. 

    Should Option A be built upgrades to the Eastern Freeway between North East Link and EastLink would likely be required.

  • Is there an option for more than one of these options to be constructed concurrently?

    JamieZzz asked 2 months ago

    Hi Jamie,

    We've been asked by the Victorian Government to recommend the best possible link between the M80 Ring Road and the Eastern Freeway or EastLink.

  • What opportunities will cars and pedestrians have to get from the Greensborough/ Watsonia side to the Watsonia/Macleod side? How will this affect access to schools, shops and public transport?

    Kate M asked 2 months ago

    Hi Kate,

    Thanks for the questions. Keeping communities connected is a requirement we have set for this project. Should Option A be built, we would look closely at how to maintain local connections so people can still travel on the routes they use now and access local facilities like shops and schools safely and easily.

    Because we don't yet know where North East Link could be built, it's too early for us to know exactly how it could be designed.

    Speaking with communities as the project progresses to understand how you use local areas now, and how you'd like us to maintain or enhance access to places you travel to will be an important part of the work we'll be doing as the project progresses.

    Improving public transport connections and travel times is another objective we have set for this project. This includes making accessing public transport stops and stations easier, and looking at how we can create opportunities to improve bus services.


  • What would be done to minimise the impact on Watsonia PS which is right next to Greensborough Hwy

    Kate M asked 2 months ago

    Hi Kate,

    Whichever option is recommended as the preferred corridor, minimising impacts on community facilities such as schools will be a key priority for us.

    However because we don't yet know exactly where North East Link could be built, it's too early for us to know whether any community facilities could be impacted and how. 

    Once we have a preferred corridor, and are able to start designing the road, we'll work closely with communities to learn more about how we can deliver solutions that work for people in the local area.

  • I want to know where the planned fume extraction points will be? How residents who can currently cross greensborough highway to get to rosanna from viewbank and yallambie for schools and childcare are meant to do this? If this is a toll road then how will this actually decrease congestion on any of lower plenty road or greensborough highway. Has their been thought given to maintaining greensborough highway for the local residents and traffic and running a tunnel undernearth from Grimshaw street to do what the intention of the tunnel is to do which is connect the Ring Road to the Eastern Freeway? Will the decision makers of the plan be disclosed. And will these decision makers be disclosing their own property portfolios and any other conflicts of interest that might lend its way to them profiting off the final decision that is made? Will we have access to all the environmental impacts and studies done on the actual journey the users of the roads are currently taking to confirm that Corridor A is being built based on the intended destination of the people using the roads? If the intent is to have the tunnel finish at the bulleen road entrance how does this impact the increase of traffic on the freeway - the same traffic will end up on the freeway sooner and be parked for longer? If the intent is to build the tunnel to help connect people to the south eastern areas then why is corridor C not a higher priority?

    Amy Mckellar asked 2 months ago

    Hi Amy,

    Thanks for your questions.

    Because we don’t yet know where North East Link could be built, it’s too early for us to know where ventilation structures could be located. We do know from previous projects that they are most often located at the entrances and exits of tunnels.

    Minimising impacts on communities is a key focus of this project. This includes making sure we keep communities connected. Whichever corridor is recommended we will look at ways to maintain local connections as we plan and design the road, including through further consultation with communities.

    North East Link will provide road users with a choice to travel on a safe and efficient freeway-standard road. As part of our tolling strategy we’ll be looking at making sure the travel time savings and experience for cars and trucks are worth the cost of any tolls.

    The business case will include copies of our technical reports, including the findings of our environmental and traffic studies. This will be a public document. The preferred option will also need to pass through a rigorous planning process which will involve additional environmental studies. The outcomes from these studies will also be public.

    If you are interested to see the kind of detail these reports are likely to include, the West Gate Tunnel project would be a good reference for you http://westgatetunnelproject.vic.gov.au/ees/.

    Should Option A be built it would likely include upgrades to the Eastern Freeway.

    We’ve been asked by the Victorian Government to recommend the best possible link between the M80 Ring Road and the Eastern Freeway or EastLink. To do this, we’re looking at a range of areas to determine how the corridors perform. These include things like reducing congestion in the north-east, getting trucks of residential roads and opportunities to improve public transport as well as walking and cycling connections. If you would like to read more about how we’re assessing the options to see what the intent of the project is, we encourage you to visit https://jointheconversation.northeastlink.vic.gov.au/shape-north-east-link

    We take conflict of interest seriously. We have policies and procedures in place to identify and manage potential conflicts of interest, for our staff, external contractors and others involved in the Project. Everyone who works with the North East Link Authority must declare any potential conflicts of interest and pass through an approval process before starting work with us. The decision on whether to proceed with the project and the preferred corridor will be made by the Victorian Government.


  • Will there be an option for a pedestrian crossing at Lower Plenty Road (between the Lower Plenty Rd/Rosanna Rd junction and Lower Plenty Rd/Station St), to deal with the increased traffic down Lower Plenty Road? We live on Lower Plenty Road, and the increased traffic is a concern especially in relation to accessing school. Thanks, Local Resident Rosanna

    Local Resident Rosanna asked 2 months ago

    Hi Local Resident,

    Because we don't yet have a preferred corridor, we don't yet have a detailed design. Minimising impacts on communities is a key focus of this project. This includes making sure we keep communities connected. Whichever corridor is recommended we will look at ways to maintain and enhance local connections as we plan and design the road, including through further consultation with communities. 

  • Can you please give provide details of the plans to duplicate Greensborough Rd. A NELA rep that I spoke to tonight at Rosanna indicated that there would probably be a cutting through bush at Simpson Barracks. Could you elaborate on the scale of this cutting? Has the environmental value of remnant bushland in the barracks been considered and is the Department of Defence happy to hand it over? What is the likelihood of houses being acquired to the south of the Barracks? It has also been indicated here that Bulleen Rd will not be part of the NEL. Presumably this means that the road will go through Bolin Bolin billabong? If this is the case, a red cross or two should be added to the environment rating.

    James asked 2 months ago

    Hi James,

    There would likely be multiple design options at the northern end of Corridor A should it be built. Because we are at business case stage and don't yet have a preferred corridor option, we don't have detailed designs. It's too early to be able to answer specific questions about how the road could be built. 

    Our studies are looking very closely at the environment for all options, including sensitive areas. Bolin Bolin Billabong is a 'no go' area for North East Link. We would not build a road through it.

    We are meeting with a range of stakeholders as part of our early consultation for all options. But, because we don't yet know where North East Link could be built, we don't know what land may need to be acquired.

  • Option A ticks a 'lot of boxes' and for a variety of reasons is probably my personal favoured option but I think two issues need clarification re this option. 1 -Total project cost estimations are being played down because detail design work has obviously not been undertaken. However option A will require substantial upgrade of the Eastern freeway, the cost of which will be included in the total option cost. Is there a 'ball park' estimate of relative costs between Option A and the other 'longer' options not requiring the same extensive upgrade of the Eastern? 2 - Inevitably (unfortunately I'm a realist) politics will influence the decision making process and there will be the various political interests trying to gain political points over past decisions relating to the East West link for the Eastern Freeway. Poor decisions (an understatement I know) were made by politics on both sides of the fence on East West and the political issue is 'not dead' as you are well aware. One 'contention' being made around Option A is that it will place a lot more pressure/vehicle numbers where the Eastern freeway currently meets Hoddle. Have you done any modelling on the impact of option A on the Eastern Freeway at the City end and if so is there likely to be any significant change from the status quo? Cheers Maurie Schultz

    Maurie Schultz asked 2 months ago

    Hi Maurie,

    Thanks for your questions. We still have a lot more work to do before we can properly cost each of the options.

    The costings for each option will include complementary works to the existing road network that would likely be required.

    If cost is an important factor for you in how we assess the different options, we encourage you to let us know by completing the survey on this website. There is a section around our project principle to ‘use resources efficiently’ where you can let us know how important different measures within this principle are.

    Our early traffic modelling has found that should option A be built most people would use the link to travel between the north-east, south and south-east. Traffic volumes at the Hoddle Street end of the Eastern Freeway are not expected to be materially different than if North East Link was not built.


  • In relation to Corridor A and its close proximity to Rosanna Road. How are you going to stop trucks using Rosanna Road? This is the biggest issue right now for this community. My feedback is that there is be a permanent truck ban on Rosanna Road when the Link is built, find an alternative OD Route and price the tolls so drivers actually use the road otherwise they will use the current default NEL, Rosanna Road. Also, on page 56 of the technical report it talks about that there are tunnels oversize that allow for placard vehicles but currently we have not got tunnels that allow this. The comment just stops there. How about NELA investigate the use of such tunnels for the NEL. Exhaust stackers- once again we are well behind the rest of the world in regards to these, we need to make this Project stand out from what we have done in the past. Finally, you claim that the current volumes on Rosanna Road is 45,000 per day, its more like 46,500. So even though Corridor A would remove 12,000 to 15,000 vehicles per day based on an annual increase we would have 42,000 vehicles using Rosanna Road. However, by the time it opens we would have 57,000 vehicles using Rosanna Road, this is unacceptable and very, very dangerous. Its dangerous today as it is. thank you

    Milton asked 2 months ago

    Hi Milton,

    Thanks for your questions and for letting us know that getting trucks off Rosanna Road is an important outcome you want from North East Link.

    To ensure trucks will use any link built, we are undertaking extensive consultation with the freight industry and looking at tolling strategies to ensure that time savings are worth the cost of using the link.

    Any decisions about truck bans are not part of the North East Link project, but our studies will be looking at how effective recent truck bans in the north-east have been. This work will likely make options available for VicRoads and local councils.

    Some tunnel designs can accommodate placarded loads and tunnel components for the project will consider the benefits and challenges of all design and engineering options.

    We’re interested to learn more about what you would like the ventilation structures to achieve. Are you able to let us know if your comments relate to performance or design or are a combination of both. You can give us this feedback by joining the discussion forms on this site. You can also email us at community@northeastlink.vic.gov.au.


  • Would Bulleen road be closed for the tunnelling to go ahead? I concerned as I've a business on Bulleen rd. Regards Andrew

    Andrew Murphy asked 2 months ago

    Hi Andrew,

    Thanks for the question. Because we don't yet know where North East Link could be built, it's also too early for us to know how it could be designed and what construction methods could be used.

    One of our guiding principles is to minimise impacts during construction and there likely to be multiple methods for us to do this.

    If you are worried about access to your business now, we encourage you to contact our team on 1800 941 191 so we can stay in touch with you as the project progresses.

  • In Option A - Can we get a clearer close up view of exactly the path that Option A will take? At present it looks to be an overlay on Bulleen Road and Greensborough Road, but reading your comments to similar questions, it seems like a new freeway will be built leaving Bulleen and Greensborough roads where they are. Therefore where will this part of the Fwy run? I would also like to highlight the previous comments regarding the existing bottleneck at Bulleen and Doncaster Road on the Eastern Fwy out and inbound and believe that Option A will not alleviate this at all (instead creating another issue like the Ringwood bypass on Eastlink exit city bound).

    Lennytalk asked 2 months ago

    Hi Lennytalk,

    Thanks for the question. At this stage of the project we're focused on investigating how each of the corridors performs at a high-level against areas like reducing congestion in the north-east and connecting people to jobs. The indicative routes are being used to help us with some of our modelling. They aren't exact or final in any way. More detailed maps will be available once we progress to detailed design stage.

    Our traffic modelling so far has found that should Option A be built, reliance on Bulleen Road to access the Eastern Freeway would be eased. As part of this project we're required not to create problems in solving the ones we've identified.

    We've taken your concerns about Option A and impacts on existing bottlenecks on board. Thanks for letting us know. This kind of feedback is very helpful.

    If there is anything else you'd like to let us know about the proposed North East Link connection to the Eastern Freeway for Option A we encourage you to use the discussion forum on this site.

  • I don't believe your ratings for Corridor A. They are 'excellent' or neutral. I suspect you are rating this option based on a personal preference of an individual or group of individuals.

    AutumnyLeaf asked 2 months ago

    Hi AutumnyLeaf,

    Thanks for your comments. We're sharing what we've found about each of the corridors so far with communities so we can hear what you have to say.

    If there are things you think we've missed, or something you think doesn't look quite right, we encourage you to let us know. Because we still have a lot more studies to complete, the more detail you can provide the better. This is your opportunity to let us know what more we need to do to investigate how the corridors perform.

    You can give us your feedback by email at community@northeastlink.vic.gov.au, phone us on 1800 941 191, or use the discussion forum on this site.


  • I place my question here doesn't necessarily means I support Corridor A and/ or only Corridor A. I guess the real question is, are we focusing on picking only ONE out of the A, B, C, D, or are we still open to the possibility of 2 or perhaps more 'corridors' in the future? Corridor A seemed to be a better one because I supposed it would be non-toll (or is it?), otherwise half of the vehicle would still use the local streets to avoid the cost and while it still eased some of the traffic, we are not getting the true value out of it. Having said that Corridor A would most likely add additional traffic towards the end of the existing M80 Greensborough exit that is already congested enough during evening peak, for a lot of people would be trying to get to the SE Melbourne. Corridor B is PROBABLY still alright, but I would vote against C or D for sure at this stage because it landed onto the tollway. However I do believe a combination for instance A + C or A + D would be a nice idea, and I'm not saying we have to start both immediately at the same time, but this is what I'd expect to see within the next 10 years. After all, a "Rail-ring" circulating the outer suburbs would be nice given your objective to build these corridors was to ease congestion from the very beginning, and ultimately rail is the key to reduce number of cars on the road. We still need roads and freeways etc, rail is not an absolutely replacement of that I must say, but roads alone will not solve the problem no matter how many of them or how wide are they that you build, because head-counts and car-counts are forever increasing. By the time constructions are completed, part if not all of them will be saturated anyway.

    YTC asked 2 months ago

    Hi YTC,

    Thanks for your feedback and questions. We’ve been asked by Government to recommend the link between the M80 and the Eastern Freeway or EastLink that delivers the best outcomes.

    North East Link is expected to be used by cars and trucks making longer trips that would benefit from a faster, more consistent freeway-standard connection. All options would be toll roads. Cars and trucks making local trips would likely still use local roads.

    It’s also important to know that North East Link would be new infrastructure. Existing roads would be retained for local use.

    We’re sharing what we’ve found about each of the corridor options so far so we can hear what communities have to say.

    Because the preferred corridor will be recommended based on a thorough investigation of how each of the options performs against the project objectives and principles, we’re not asking people to vote for their preferred option. We want to hear what you want North East Link to achieve, if our studies are measuring the things that matter to you, and whether you think we’ve missed anything important to you.

    The best way to get involved is to complete the survey and join the discussion forum on this site here https://jointheconversation.northeastlink.vic.gov.au/corridor-options


  • In addition to my previous question. My main concern is the intersection of Grimshaw Street and the Freeway. That intersection is such an abomination, and never was supposed to be a level crossing. This intersection is so bad that a few local small and winding streets. Namely Meakin, Trist, Frye, Kempston and Yando Streets, are carrying 100's of cars per hour 24/7. I am in discussion with the council, who have told me that these streets carry so much traffic, that they are unable to do anything about it, ( a car count was carried out a few days ago ). Q. do you think the interchange on Grimshaw street will help stem this flow, though this RAT RUN

    thegrump179 asked 2 months ago

    Hi thegrump179.

    Should Option A be built we would be looking at ways to keep traffic free flowing at the Grimshaw Street interchange and improve traffic flow on surrounding streets.

  • Hi, I am a resident in Rosanna. I want some clarification around the plan of tunnelling underneath the Banyule Flats Reserve. Although it's underground but I am still concerned about any bad impacts would have to the natural environment, has the government assessed and disclosed the impacts thoroughly, and any disturbances may have on the ground?? To local residents, the Reserve is the gem and part of our daily lives, so it is critical to protect its environment. Thanks. Regards, Eric

    Eric asked 2 months ago

    Hi Eric,

    Thanks for the question and for letting us know Banyule Flats is important to you. Our early studies have identified that tunnelling under the Banyule Flats would be required to minimise impacts on this sensitive area. Further environmental studies will be completed as part of the planning process for North East Link. Should Option A be recommended as the preferred solution, this will include studies for Banyule Flats.

  • Hello, Can you please advise why the cost for option A does not include the cost to upgrade the eastern as obviously both go hand in hand. And the full cost of this option were to be chosen needs to realised so it can be considered in the decision making process. Also in you faq's for this option it states that existing roads will still remain for local traffic. Does this mean that the freeway will be built above existing roads in option A ( or on greensborough hwy and Bulleen road)? Thanks

    Zkeen asked 2 months ago

    Hi Zkeen,

    Thanks for the questions. The prices for each you may have seen for each corridor reported in the media were calculated by journalists. They're not official costings from us.

    We still have a lot more work to do before we can properly cost each of the options. 

    Our costings will include complementary works to the existing road network that would likely be required.

    For Option A, this would include works likely to be required to the Eastern Freeway. For Option B and C it would include the works likely required for Springvale Road and Reynolds Road. Option C would also include the complementary works likely required for Ryans Road.

    Should Option A be built, there would likely be multiple design options to link North East Link to the Eastern Freeway.

    The section near the Greensborough Highway would use existing road reserve.

  • I notice below there was no response to my question below. Too hard ?? The traffic downsides of utilising the Eastern Freeway don't seem to be part of the corridor A assessment, as it is the only option amongst the 4 presented that would utilise an already overcrowded Eastern Freeway as part of the route corridor. I suspect considerably less green ticks if this was taken into consideration . I don't think you have judged this option fairly in light of the above. Again, have you considered in your assessment the downsides of utilising the Eastern Freeway as part of the route corridor ?

    Peter GB asked 2 months ago

    Hi Peter GB,

    A key outcome we are working towards for North East Link is not shifting congestion from one part of the road network to another.

    Should Option A be built there would very likely be complementary upgrades to the Eastern Freeway between North East Link and EastLink. This has been factored into our work so far to investigate how the corridor would perform.

    Similarly, for Option B and Option C we have factored in the complementary upgrades that would likely be required to Springvale Road and Reynolds Road (including extending Reynolds Road to the Maroondah Highway). For Corridor C we have also factored in the upgrade to Ryans Road that would likely be required.  


  • The M80 Ring Road was originally supposed to continue through Montmorency / Eltham, down the back of East Doncaster and continue on where Eastlink is now placed. Twenty-five years ago the man made piles of dirt for the overpass across Greensborough highway were placed (I remember the constant tip-trucks piling up the dirt). They are now grass and tree covered hills with houses built on the eastern mounds. How short sighted !!! Many people don't know this and think the hills are natural. If Option C went ahead the Greensborough Highway overpass entry and egress supports have already been there for 25 years. Will they be considered for their eventual use ?

    Peter GB asked 2 months ago

    Hi Peter GB,

    Thanks for the question. North East Link Authority has been tasked with recommending the best possible link between the M80 Ring Road and the Eastern Freeway or East Link. We don’t have jurisdiction over future road projects.


  • Re compulsory private property acquisitions (and assuming Corridor A is chosen); 1/ Will properties adjoining River Gum Walk (Rosanna) be acquired for the tunnel construction? 2/ How much notice will property owners be given? 3/ Will fair market rates be offered for the properties? 4/ If the properties (from question 1) aren't required to be purchased for construction, will the local residents be compensated financially during the construction phases for the noise/reduction in air quality/vibrations/potential property damage caused by these issues/potential loss of earnings for those that work from home? Thanks in advance for your response. Regards David

    D asked 2 months ago

    Hi D,

    Thanks for your questions. Because we do not yet know where North East Link could be built, nor how it could be designed it's too early to know whether any properties would be acquired or affected.

    Minimising impacts on communities and the environment is a key priority for us. One of the ways we are looking at doing this is using tunnels to minimise acquisitions.

    We've identified a minimum tunnel length for Option A between Lower Plenty Road and Banksia Street/Manningham Road. This includes the area near River Gum Walk. 

    During tunnel construction, vibration would be managed so that the buildings above are not affected. There are many homes across Melbourne that already have tunnels under them and it has no impact whatsoever. Building condition surveys are also completed before and after construction for nearby properties. 

    We're working towards recommending a preferred corridor to Government by the end of the year and will contact local residents to let them know the outcome as soon as possible.

    If you have concerns now, please contact our team on 1800 641 191 so we can stay in touch with you as the project progresses.

  • Why is the map for this corridor so misleading. People look at it and think it is going down Bulleen Road, because that's what the map says so I looks like the simplest most straightforward option but it isn't. Your replies keep definitively saying that it wouldn't be going down Bulleen Road, or through Heide, then you must have some idea where it would go? The same goes for the interchanges. If a new road is being built near Bulleen Road then it either has to be the hilly side of Bulleen Road, which would knock down all the houses, and make trucks go up hills, OR it would be going through the parkland, the billabong, the river, the Venetto Club, sports grounds, schools / school grounds, golf links, houses, and so on. How can it possible rate so well for the "Ability to protect the environment, culture, heritage and open spaces" when that is pretty much exactly the only place the road could go for the Corridor? How can it meet the objective to be a North East link when you're putting the route right where the commuter part of the freeway can cope with it least? It isn't enough for you to say you don't know where the road would go when you do say it isn't going on Bulleen Road. You have to at least know where the road might be going. This option does not fix the problem, and the ratings for the Areas of Interest don't adequately reflect where the road would likely go.

    Beattie asked 2 months ago

    Thanks for your comments Beattie,

    Because we are at business case stage of this project, we're focused on looking at how each of the corridors would meet the project objectives and principles. These include areas like reducing congestion on roads in the north-east, helping freight move more efficiently and minimising impacts on the environment and communities.

    The indicative routes are helping us measure how each of the four corridors would perform at a high level. For example, the potential interchange locations are needed to help inform traffic modelling. Some of our early studies have also helped us to identify where steep grades would slow trucks down and where minimum tunnel lengths would be required to minimise impacts on the environment and communities. 

    At this stage of the project, the routes aren't final or exact. There is still a lot more work to do before we can start designing the road. This includes hearing what communities have to say about what we've found about each of the options so far.

    Each of the options has opportunities and challenges and we want to know if we've identified the right problems communities want North East Link to solve, and if our studies are looking at what's important to you.

    We've noted that the environment and community facilities along Bulleen Road are important to you and we encourage you to let us know more by completing the survey and joining the discussion forum here https://jointheconversation.northeastlink.vic.gov.au/corridor-options

    What you tell us will help inform our ongoing investigations as we work towards recommending a preferred corridor.


  • Why does option A only seem to meet the demand to move the traffic off Rosanna Road (which needs to happen) but not Bulleen Road and surrounds. It just dumps the problem in Bulleen. Bulleen Road is just as overloaded as Rosanna Road so having this corridor directly linked to it is not going to make it any better for the road, the surrounding area, residents, businesses, the schools and sport grounds on it, or road users. Manningham Rd is full of traffic trying to get on to Bulleen Rd and more vehicles including heavy trucks are going to Thompsons Rd to avoid Bulleen Road and it will only get worse if this is the chosen option. If this is meant to link the north and east transport corridors, using this part of the Eastern freeway is not going to make things easier. The suggestion that Option A will make public transport better doesn't really hold up because there isn't enough public transport available in Bulleen (basically two bus routes) and the problem is lack of services not traffic. Options B or C would avoid the eastern freeway and fix some of its issues while meeting the ultimate purpose of the Link - to join the north and east road networks. Option A might well be cheaper and shorter on paper but it adds traffic right at the bottlenecks and doesn't make a proper link. City bound traffic is frequently banked back to Bulleen Road and the outbound side bottlenecks at the Doncaster exit, so major works would be needed costed and factored in to the cost to even try to make the situation any less congested. Why would you add more traffic to where bottlenecks already exist. More people will use surrounding roads as rat runs and make life worse for people on those road.

    Maggie asked 2 months ago

    Hi Maggie,

    Thanks for letting us know your concerns about Option A.

    North East Link will be a new freeway standard road. Should Option A be built Bulleen Road would be retained for local use - it wouldn't become North East Link.

    Our traffic modelling so far has found that all 4 options for North East Link would reduce reliance on Bulleen Road.

  • I have two concerns. 1) Option A looks like the start of an inner ring road. It seems likely that the inner ring road would need to continue to the Monash Fwy. Has this been considered as a future expansion? 2) By reusing the Eastern to Bulleen Rd, it is likely that that section would need to be widened to cater for the extra traffic, removing the ability for a future Doncaster train line. Has this scenario been considered?

    Monty asked 2 months ago

    Hi Monty,

    Thanks for letting us know about your concerns.

    The North East Link Authority has been asked to look at the best possible way to connect the M80 Ring Road with the Eastern Freeway or EastLink and this is what we’re working on.

    North East Link will be a new freeway-standard road. Bulleen Road will be retained for local use. Our traffic modelling so far has found that all 4 corridor options would reduce reliance on Bullen Road.

    The scope of the North East Link project doesn't include building Doncaster Rail. However our planning includes the possibility to allow for a potential future Doncaster Rail. We are also actively looking at improvements to bus connections. 


  • Hey, just wondering how access from Watsonia road to Yallambie road will be managed with Greensborough road being freeway. Thanks

    Tim asked 2 months ago

    Hi Tim.

    Thanks for the question. Because we don’t yet know where North East Link could be built it’s too early for us to know how it could be designed. However any design solution will look at ways to keep communities connected, including people making trips on local roads. 


  • Will the Bulleen Road corridor be a freeway or an arterial road? If the former, how will access on be provided for schools/playing fields/housing? The eastern (south-bound) lanes of Bulleen Road (running past Trinity ovals and Marcellin) regularly flood. How will this be mitigated in the design? Will this be an elevated roadway and, if so, how will the visual impact be minimised?

    mafink asked 2 months ago

    Hi Mafink. Thanks for your questions.

    North East Link will be a new freeway-standard road. Should Option A be built, Bulleen Road would be retained for local use. Existing connections between Bulleen Road to the local network would also be retained.

    Should Option A be recommended as the preferred corridor, there would likely be multiple design options to connect North East Link to the Eastern Freeway. Because we don’t yet know where North East Link could be built, it is too early for us to know how it could be designed. Each option has challenges. Our early studies have found that the area around Bulleen Road is prone to flooding and this would need to be factored into engineering and design.

    Minimising impacts on the community and on the environment will guide how we plan and design North East Link. We’ve noted that minimising visual impact around Bulleen Road is something that’s important you, but we also encourage you to give us more detailed feedback by completing the survey and join the discussion forum on this site here https://jointheconversation.northeastlink.vic.gov.au/corridor-options .


  • Dear NorthWest The option A seems the best from what we can tell-the only concern is the environmental impact on the parks and local residents. Furthermore if anyone is going to upgrade the eastern freeway it is mad not to FINALLY to put in a Doncaster (or further ) train link Fintan

    Fintan asked 2 months ago

    HI Fintan. Thanks for your comments and questions. 

    Two of our guiding principles for North East Link are to minimise impacts on the environment and to minimise impacts on communities. At this stage of the project, we're very interested to hear what you value about your local area and what you would like us to work to protect and improve. We've noted your general concerns about parks and local residents but we also encourage you to give us more detailed feedback by completing the survey or joining the discussion forum here https://jointheconversation.northeastlink.vic.gov.au/corridor-options

    The scope of the North East Link project doesn't currently include building Doncaster Rail. However our planning includes looking at the possibility to allow for a potential future Doncaster Rail and is actively looking at improvements to bus connections. 


  • I love this option but am concerned about increasing the existing bottleneck at the Bulleen Road entrance on the Eastern Freeway. Will this option all address that issue?

    Cathh asked 2 months ago

    Hi Cathh. Thanks for your question. North East Link will be a new freeway-standard road and Bulleen Road will be retained for local use. Our traffic modelling so far has found that all four corridor options would reduce congestion on Bulleen Road. 

  • Bulleen Rd can't cope currently with local streets under strain with noise and congestion. How will this be rectified as it would only become worse.

    bulleen asked 2 months ago

    Hi Bulleen. Thanks for your question. North East Link will be a new freeway-standard road and Bulleen Road will be retained for local use. Our traffic modelling so far has found that all four corridor options would reduce congestion on Bulleen Road. 

  • This is a great corridor that is short, provides access along "ready" routes, and will also allow for eastern freeway improvements

    Ian Sanders asked 2 months ago

    Hi Ian. Thanks for your comments.

  • I am seeking some clarification around the number of vehicles projected to use Option A - 100,000 to 120,000. Currently you estimate that 45,000 vehicles use Rosanna Road. If for example of those 45,000, 10,000 used Rosanna Road to travel to either Bell Street or Manningham Road or to go through to Burke Road and another 10,000 continued to use existing roads to avoid a toll, where are the additional 80,000 vehicles coming from. Why would someone from Eltham wanting to avoid Fitzsimmons Lane drive back to Rosanna to use the NE Link (and wouldn't that make Lower Plenty Road congested). I understand the attractiveness of Option A from a cost and expediency perspective but are we really solving the broader issues of congestion in the North East or providing an alternative to Rosanna Road. An orbital link to me provides a better solution in ten years time than a direct link will.

    Stephen asked 3 months ago

    Hi Stephen,

    Vehicles are using a number of local arterial roads, including but not only Rosanna Road, to travel in and through the north-east right now. 

    The figure of 100,000 – 120,000 vehicles a day includes all traffic predicted to use North East Link to travel between the north, north east and south east. It doesn't represent just the traffic using Rosanna Road now. The figure is projected traffic volumes for 2031. 

    Rosanna Road is already at capacity for 12-14 hours a day. This means that by 2031 should North East Link not be built other arterial roads in the north-east would be required to absorb the demand and will become even more heavily congested.

    North East Link will be a safe and efficient freeway connection, which is appealing for many road users, particularly those making longer trips. 

    We are interested to know what people want North East Link to achieve. If you would like to tell us what outcomes you want from this project, we encourage you to complete the surveys and join the discussion forums on this site.

  • Has a high-level viaduct been considered as an alternative to tunneling under Banyule Flats ?

    Joc asked 2 months ago

    Hi Joc,

    Thanks for your question. One of our principles is to minimise impacts on the environment. One way we will be doing this is by looking at using tunnelling under sensitive areas like the Banyule Flats. We would not consider a high-level viaduct in this area.

    Although the routes we are using for the business case are indicative, should Option A be built it would likely be further west of the Banyule Flats.

  • I have no doubt corridor A will be the choice due to cost. I would prefer corridor B. I live in Rosanna and would like to know that if Corridor A is built will any traffic changes occur to discourage Rosanna Road being used as a "rat run" when the traffic on Corridor A is banked up in peak hour (as it inevitably will be). If their are changes planned to do this when will they be available. David

    #%David asked 2 months ago

    Hi David,

    Thanks for your question. If corridor A was selected we would be working with VicRoads and the local councils to get the best results for local people. Rosanna Road will still be used by local people, including those who use residential side streets now.

  • Personally corridor A seems to me to be the most direct, time saving and useful route. (Given that every Endeavour is made to minimize damage to Banskia park area and Heide heritage area is skirted) It would be the route most people would prefer to take from north to south and vice versa. Most of my travel for work is along this route. It would also cut down time for transport logistics and so be more economical. Many of the works capital cities use tunnels under residential areas to provide for good traffic flow.

    Sandy Solomon asked 2 months ago

    Thanks for your comments Sandy and for letting us know that minimising impacts to the Banksia Park area and Heide heritage area are things that are important to you.

  • Would the Heide heritage area be affected or would the works occur around the perimeter of this important heritage area?

    Sandy Solomon asked 2 months ago

    Hi Sandy. The Heide won't be affected.

  • Where is the land to come from to up grade the Eastern at Bulleen Road to cope with extra traffic?

    Helena asked 3 months ago

    Hi Helena,

    Because we don't yet know where North East Link could be built, nor how it could be designed, it's too early for us to know. Our approach is to avoid acquiring private property wherever possible.

  • Will Greensborough HWY between Lwr Plenty and Yallambie Roads be taken back to a suburban road? You can't have home owners entering a fast-moving 'freeway/road' from dozens of private driveways and there are several suburban streets that 'T' intersect the current highway. How many on-ramps would be positioned along this stretch for residents to enter/exit the Ring Road and which end of this stretch would be catering for the queues? Although there is just one line on the concept drawing, will there actually need to be two roads: Greensborough Road/Hwy running parallel with a multi-lane 'freeway/road'? Otherwise, is the idea to acquire all the houses currently on Greensborough Hwy Macleod and close all the 'T' intersections?

    Eustatia asked 3 months ago

    Hi Eustatia. Thanks for the question.

    Because we don't yet know where North East Link could be built, nor how it could be designed it's too early for us to be able to answer questions about detailed road design. It is also too early for us to know whether any properties may need to be acquired.

    At this stage we do know that Greensborough Highway will be a separate road to North East Link and current connections to the existing road network will be maintained.

    We are interested to hear what communities think about what we've found so far and we encourage you to complete the surveys and join the discussion forums on this site to let us know what's important to you in your local area.

  • Greensborough Hwy and Rosanna Rd are currently chocked with through traffic not bound for Banyule. This TOTALLY divides the east & west Banyule community. If you go with option A, will the Tunnel commence from north of Grimshaw Street & continue south to surface near the Easton Fwy so this through traffic is removed from Banyule & allow maximum east west connection within the Banyule community? I also point out that the suggested Lower Plenty & Manningham Road exits would negate benefits to Banyule as through traffic would still be dumped in Banyule. Why are these exits being suggested when access to Banyule destinations could be readily achieved through the existing road network from the suggested Grimshaw St & Bullees Rd ends if ALL through traffic is tunneled? If the purpose of this project is to rationalise traffic flows through this established community & environmentally sensitive area, will any solution be focused on identifying through traffic and removing it from the existing road system which was can only accommodate local traffic volumes without dividing the community? I suspect any final solution will be judged against this clear & basic objective.

    Effbee asked 3 months ago

    Hi Effbee,

    These are great points about how traffic currently flows. It's too early to know exactly how the new road will be constructed, and at the moment the map shows a minimum distance for tunnels. 


    The interchanges are entrances as well as exits, so people living in the north-east can also benefit from the new freeway, so they aren't having to queue on local roads when they're trying to go further north or south.

    Improving local amenity and safety is one of the project objectives, but connecting people in the north-east with jobs and education is another.

    We are interested to know what people want North East Link to achieve. If you would like to tell us what outcomes you want from this project, we encourage you to complete the surveys and join the discussion forums online. You can also come along to one of our information sessions to talk with our team.

    They are starting this weekend and you'll find dates, times and venues as well as a link to RSVP on this site.

  • What would happen to access to current places off Bulleen Rd - Carey and Trinity sports fields, Marcelin college, Veneto Club, and Boroondara Tennis?

    Phil asked 3 months ago

    Hi Phil. Thanks for your question. 

    One of our guiding principles is to minimise impacts to communities, which includes retaining access. Bulleen Road would be kept for local use and the current connections to the existing road network would be retained.

    Should Option A be built, there is likely to be multiple design options to connect North East Link to the Eastern Freeway. Although we are still a long way from knowing where North East Link could be built and how it could be designed, you can use the discussion forum on this site to let us know now what you think the benefits and challenges of this particular area of Option A could be.

  • How are you going to resolve the grid lock of peak hour traffic around Chandler Hwy, Burke, Bulleen & Doncaster Rd? Chanelling more traffic from the Ring road would only make these problems worse and make travel times for people in the East even worse that what they are now. My only hope is that the Doncaster train is considered along with these plans as well as a solution for moving traffic East to West...given that the Eastern essentially terminates at Hoddle St (insert picture of morning traffic jam). If only labor hadn't thrown $1.1 billion of Federal money down the drain for the East - West link...

    gamsim asked 3 months ago

    Hi gamsim. 
    Our traffic modelling shows much of the gridlock in the areas you're describing is crossing the Eastern Freeway.
    Our planning includes allowing for a potential future Doncaster Rail and is actively looking at improvements to bus connections.

  • This seems to be the cheapy solution, which negates the concept of a ring road. Future requirements seem to be ignored. How would local traffic be maintained along Bulleen Road? Will the Freeway have a separate easement between Bulleen and the Yarra? If not, it will not be a Freeway. Will any properties need to be acquired?

    Harry van Andel asked 3 months ago

    Hi Harry. Thanks for the question. North East Link will be a new freeway-standard road. Bulleen Road will be retained for local use and the current connections to the existing road network will be maintained. Our project objectives are focused on the fixing the missing link in Melbourne's freeway network rather than just building a ring road. 

  • Just wondering if there were an "area of interest" as "minimising the impact on existing eastern freeway's congestion (both inbound and outbound)" The corridor A option is most likely to get three "red cross". According to your traffic modelling, most of traffic from north east "will travel east and south, not into the CBD". Would it be possible that this modelling is wrong? What if the CBD exit ends up with massive congestion? Are we then going to consider building the East West Link? Who would be responsible for the wrong modelling if that is the case?

    benc asked 3 months ago

    Hi benc. Thanks for your questions. 
    Reducing travel times and improving travel time consistency is one measure we are investigating for all the corridors. This includes looking at how traffic performs across the entire network including along the Eastern Freeway. One of the requirements for the project is not to create new problems by solving the ones we've identified.

    North East Link will service the existing demand for trips between the north and north-east and the south-east. 

    If Option A is built, it is likely upgrades to the Eastern Freeway between North East Link and EastLink would be required. Our traffic modelling so far does show that traffic volumes at the Hoddle Street end of the Eastern Freeway are not expected to be materially different than if North East Link was not built.

    Traffic modelling uses hundreds of variables including population growth, costs like fuel and parking and planned road and public transport upgrades. A member of our traffic modelling team will be at each of our information sessions. If you would like to find out more about the modelling work we’ve undertaken so far, we encourage you to come along. You can find event details here http://northeastlink.vic.gov.au/community/events 

  • Hi I was just wondering if any of the corridors will affect housing along Sellars St, Watsonia North?

    Terry asked 3 months ago

    Hi Terry, thanks for your question. Because we don't yet know where North East Link could be built, nor how it could be designed it's too early for us to know whether any properties would be affected. One of our guiding principles for North East Link is to minimise impacts on communities. If you are have any concerns now, please contact our team on 1800 941 191 or at community@northeastlink.vic.gov.au so we can stay in touch with you as the project progresses.


  • I support Corridor A. It is the most direct connection, and the existing conditions over half of the proposed route readily provide for this scale of development. While acknowledging your modelling suggesting that the corridor would add little to traffic volumes city bound on the Eastern Freeway, as a frequent user of this route, Corridor A would have the benefit of taking such traffic from Rosanna Road, Lower Heidelberg Road, and Burke Road, thus enhancing the amenity of these residential precincts.

    JamesM asked 2 months ago

    Hi JamesM, thanks for your feedback. We’ve taken it on board.


  • Corridor A is a better plan as it will make Eastern people easily travel to airport.

    Steven asked 2 months ago

    Hi Steven, thanks for your feedback. We’ve taken it on board.


  • Bulleen road is already very congested during peak hours. Won't corridor A add to the congestion and divert more traffic onto Bulleen road?

    Warrenl asked 2 months ago

    Hi Warrenl, thanks for your question. North East Link will be a new freeway-standard road. Bulleen Road will be retained for local use. Our traffic modelling so far has found that North East Link would take approx. 2,500 – 3,500 cars and trucks off Bulleen Road each weekday.


  • Is there a rough draft of the interchanges at the north end, also, the intersection of Grimshaw Street and the Freeway, for corridor A

    thegrump179 asked 2 months ago

    Hi the grump179, thanks for your question.Because we don't yet know where North East Link could be built, nor how it could be designed – including individual interchanges - it's too early for us to know details. The business case for North East Link is focused on investigating how each option performs at a high level against a range of areas, like reducing congestion in the north-east. We’ll know more about how the road could be designed once a preferred corridor is recommended towards the end of this year.


  • My concern about Corridor A is the section along Bulleen Rd between Manningham Rd and the Eastern Fwy. This section is always congested at peak times and if the proposed tunnel comes out right at that intersection of Bulleen and Manningham roads, it is going to create more congestion and cars will be banked up, waiting to get onto the Eastern Fwy. Is there any solution to this problem?

    Alice asked 2 months ago

    Hi Alice, thanks for your question. North East Link will be a new freeway-standard road. Bulleen Road will be retained for local use. Our traffic modelling so far has found that North East Link would take approx. 2,500 – 3,500 cars and trucks off Bulleen Road each weekday.


  • I note that the traffic will still go along Bulleen Road off and onto the Eastern Freeway at Manningham Road. I live in the area and there is always traffic travelling this route and the many B doubles that use it is unbelievable. Traffic feeds from Bell Street too and also this section deals with traffic going over the freeway into and from Balwyn. The traffic is very heavy and to get around the lights at Bulleen and Manningham Roads at times is dreadful for north south traffic. I would prefer the Option B through Eltham as it is a freeway all the way, thus moving traffic steadily.

    Jan asked 3 months ago

    Hi Jan. Thanks for your comments. Bulleen Road won't become North East Link. North East Link will be a new freeway-standard road. Bulleen Road will be retained for local use.


  • How much is Corridor A proposal estimated to cost? Surely any proposal no matter how good it sounds will be mostly determined by the money allocated by governments. So comparing it to Corridor B or C, I would be surprised if B or C get the nod because the Eastern freeway would have cost billions. I believe governments would chose the cheapest option regardless of the benefits to the community.

    Theo asked 3 months ago

    Hi Theo,

    Because we don't yet know where North East Link could be built, nor how it could be designed it's too early for us to be able to look at costs.

    At this stage we're focused on investigating how each of the options performs against areas like reducing congestion in the north-east, getting trucks off residential roads and making local neighbourhoods safer and easier to get around. We'll be recommending the corridor that delivers the best outcomes.



  • Corridor A makes the most sense, however, the traffic currently bottlenecks at the interchange between Bulleen Rd and the Eastern Fwy. How will the new interchange reduce this traffic?

    Stefan C asked 3 months ago

    Hi Stefan,

    Thanks for your question. North East Link will be a new freeway-standard road. Should Option A be built, we'll be looking at how to ensure traffic is free flowing as part of the design stage.

  • I thought the idea of this North East link was to connect the Eastern Freeway to the Ring road to reduce the load on the Eastern Freeway and to rid Bulleen Rd ,Heidelberg , Rosanna etc of the traffic from the Eastern Freeway. Why is Option A (Bulleen Rd ) even an option ? Lanes can be added to the Eastern, but there is still a tunnel at the end. Let alone the disruption on an already overloaded road. Option B would seem far more sensible , more direct and far less disruption to an already stressed road that ends at Hoddle St.

    Lachy asked 3 months ago

    Thanks for your feedback Lachy. We've taken it on board and encourage you to complete the survey and join the discussion forum on this site to tell us what you want North East Link to achieve and what you want us to work to protect. You can find them both here https://jointheconversation.northeastlink.vic.gov.au/corridor-options

  • I am all for corridor A this has been a problem for a long time. New estates from sth Morang , Doreen & ect use the ring road to get to bulleen doncacster etc. I live in bulleen I hear trucks & heavy traffic every day & night from my home. This problem has been getting worse every year Bulleen Rd has become dangers & new building has come up making it worse. Please start corridor A asap as this has been URGENT for many years. Myself & many others I know use Bulleen Rd to get to the ring rd & vice versa pls look at corridor A before some terrible acident does happen. thk u.

    marianerigo asked 2 months ago

    Thanks for your comments Maria.

  • There is an elephant in the room with respect to Corridor A. Will this route have a City inbound facility? It it doesn't, will the design allow for this to be added later? Also is the route capacity design allowing for City bound traffic? If it doesn't isn't Rosanna Road likely to remain heavily trafficked by people commuting to the City. What is being assumed in the traffic modelling? I ask this question because only Corridor A has the ability to attract City bound traffic and therefore

    BernieOK asked 2 months ago

    Hi Bernie,

    Thanks for the question. Our traffic modelling so far has found that most people who would use Option A would use it to travel between the north, north-east and south-east, not into the city. Traffic volumes at the Hoddle Street end of the Eastern Freeway are not expected to be materially different than if North East Link was not built.

  • Have you considered in your assessment the downsides of utilising the Eastern Freeway as part of the route corridor ? It doesn't seem to be mentioned and it would have a detrimental effect on an already overcrowded freeway. I suspect the assessment of Corridor A would not look so preferable (green ticks) if this was taken into consideration as it is the only option amongst the 4 presented that would utilise the Eastern Freeway as part of the missing link. I don't think you have judged this option fairly in light of the above. We already know how overcrowded that Freeway gets now as currently used as a default to connect Eastlink to the Ring Road, and also as a main arterial into and out of the city. Making it part of the new road would only make it much worse. I go for Option C as it seems to be closest to the original plan when they were completing the Ring Road back 25 years ago but stopped at Greensborough Highway for reasons unknown to me. Eastlink also was part of the planned Ring road back then.

    Peter GB asked 2 months ago

    Thanks for your feedback Peter

  • So if corridor A is selected living close to or on Greensborough Road, what does this mean for us, our houses our neighbourhood?? Do we still have a Greensborough road, or do we live on a freeway, do we still have a house to live in??

    Jo asked 2 months ago

    Hi Jo,

    One of our guiding principles is to minimise impacts on communities. One way we'll be doing this is by looking at how tunnels could be used. Because we don't yet know where North East Link could be built, nor how it could be designed it's too early for us to know whether any properties will be acquired. If you are have concerns now, please contact our team on 1800 941 191 or at community@northeastlink.vic.gov.au so we can stay in touch with you as the project progresses.

  • Corridor A is incredibly short sighted as it will increase and force traffic into the inner city rather than drawing it away as it won't be a true ring road as would Options B,C or D. Bulleen is only 11kms from the CBD. The interchange between Corridor A and the Eastern Freeway will be the closest point to the city of any part of the completed ring road. 11km is far too close in a city that stretches as far as 60 - 70kms from the CBD (eg. Pakenham). It will encourage northern suburban residents to access the city via Northeast link and onto the eastern freeway putting even more pressure at Hoddle Street. Converting Bulleen road to a surface Freeway will destroy the suburb of Bulleen and disconnect it to the parklands along the Yarra River. Has there or will there be an option to continue the tunnel through to the eastern freeway? Has traffic modelling been done to see the traffic impact that this route will cause along the eastern freeway and particularly at Hoddle Street?

    Eric asked 3 months ago

    Hi Eric,

    Thanks for your questions. Our traffic modelling so far shows that should Option A be built traffic volumes at the Hoddle Street end of the Eastern Freeway are not expected to be materially different than if North East Link was not built.

    Most of the traffic using the link would be travelling to destinations in the south-east, away from the CBD.

    Bulleen Road won't become North East Link. North East Link will be a new freeway-standard road. 

    We're interested to hear more about the changes you think Option A could have on the local area. 

    We've taken the comments you've included in your question on board but also encourage you to tell us more about what you want North East Link to achieve and what you want us to work to protect in your area by completing the survey and joining the discussion forum here https://jointheconversation.northeastlink.vic.gov.au/corridor-options


  • Option A looks great, it will really help with traffic from ring road to Eastern Freeway. This will really help ease Rosanna road traffic.

    Simon C asked 3 months ago

    Thanks for your feedback Simon

  • I believe this is the best of the four options. Though the Eastern Freeway at Bulleen Rd is congested during peak and non peak times already. How many lanes would need to be added to the Eastern Freeway, in both directions, to make this an effective option?

    Ross asked 3 months ago

    Hi Ross, because we're at business case right now, we still have a lot more work to do before we will know details of the upgrades that could be required for the Eastern Freeway should Option A be built. At this stage, we expect the upgrades could likely include some additional lanes, signals on ramps to help improve traffic flow and bridge upgrades.

  • Congratulations on making the four options available and providing detailed analysis into traffic improvements in existing road network. I am strongly suggesting that both option A and Option C should be done together. This in my opinion could be a moderate cost option with a significant benefit not only for the growing suburbs in north east but also reducing traffic from Eastern Fwy to westerly and northerly destinations of the melbourne metropolitan. It would be beneficial to also provide some analysis on impact of traffic along Eastern Fwy west of Bulleen road and also Burke Road and Princess Street in Kew. I am suggesting this because a Bulleen Road connection offered by Option A should take away substantial traffic from Eastern Fwy to go to M80 heading for North and West. (which otherwise would have required the East -West link)

    Suresh asked 3 months ago

    Thanks for your comments Suresh.

  • I thought the original intention for North East Link is for trucks from south east or north west to travel to the other side without going through the suburban streets in the north east. Would Corridor A create more congestion at the eastern freeway CBD exit with all the extra traffic joining eastern freeway from the north east? If this is the case, how are we going to address this issue? Thank you.

    Bennnn asked 3 months ago

    Hi Bennnn. Thanks for the question. 

    Helping freight to move more efficiently and get trucks off residential roads are just a few of the outcomes we are working towards.

    We are also looking at other areas liking reducing congestion in the north-east, making local neighbourhoods safer and easier to get around and minimising impacts on the environment and communities.

    Should Option A be built there is likely to be a number of design options for the connection with the Eastern Freeway. Because we are at business case stage, it's too early to know exactly how the interchange would be designed but making sure traffic can flow freely on and off the Eastern Freeway is certainly something we will be looking at.

  • In my opinion corridor A seems to be the best option. I don't see the point in extending as far ar options c or d. This will also take longer and require more money to build. Not to mention further distance to travel and so higher tolls. The purpose of this link is to join Greensborough to the Eastern freeway as quick and easily as possible. So option A seems logical. Also. Just looking at the pros and cons your owns assessment of each option again option A seems the logical solution.

    Rita Verna asked 3 months ago

    Thanks for your comments Rita.

  • First I would like to say that I am most impressed with the Technical Summary document. It is clear that Option A deals best with current and medium term issues, but in the future a link further east will probably be needed. Surely there is a route between Options C and D. An unidentified advantage for Option A is that it opens up the potential for an inner ring to join the Eastern and Monash Freeways. Has this been considered?

    Michael H asked 3 months ago

    Hi Michael H,

    Thanks for your feedback and for taking the time to read through the Technical Summary. The North East Link Authority has been established to connect the missing link in Melbourne's freeway network between the M80 Ring Road and the Eastern Freeway or EastLink.

    We'll be working hard to make this link happen and will be recommending the corridor to the Government that best meets the project objectives and principles.

  • What is the impact of option A on any future Doncaster rail project? If the eastern freeway upgrades require use of the reserve in the middle of the eastern freeway does that mean it will make any future Doncaster Rail project more complex?

    GreyGold asked 3 months ago

    Hi GreyGold,

    The North East Link Authority was established to complete the missing link in Melbourne's road network. The scope of this project does not currently include Doncaster Rail.

    North East Link is Infrastructure Victoria's number one priority road project. However, the days of building just a road are over. This project will include complementary projects to the public transport network such as rapid bus transport and improvements to cycling infrastructure.

    We encourage you to tell us what you want North East Link to achieve by completing the survey here https://jointheconversation.northeastlink.vic.gov.au/shape-north-east-link

  • The Bulleen Road connection to East link is already a congestion point both inwards and outwards and shouldn't be made worse by this proposed connection. The flyer as delivered didn't allow easy comparisons between the options. It certainly didn't advise the number of houses expected to require acquisition for all much less any of the options.

    Philip asked 3 months ago

    Hi Phillip, 

    Thanks for the questions.

    Because we don't yet know where North East Link will be built, nor how it will be designed it is too early to know whether any properties will need to be acquired or where. Minimising impacts on communities, including acquisitions, is a key priority for us which is why we are proposing to build large sections of North East Link using tunnelling. 

    If minimising acquisitions is something you would like North East Link to achieve we encourage you to let us know what's important to you by completing the survey here https://jointheconversation.northeastlink.vic.gov.au/shape-north-east-link

    Our traffic modelling so far has found that should Option A be built, reliance on Bulleen Road to connect to the Eastern Freeway would be reduced.

  • From the way this information is written on this website, Corridor A is presented as the only viable option. However, there needs to be a much clearer analysis and presentation about how this tunnelling under Banyule Flats will affect the ecosystem and the short, medium, and long term effects of the ventilation chimneys on the health of the area.

    mkc asked 3 months ago

    Hi mkc. Thanks for the question.

    Because we are still in the very early stages of this project it's too early to know where any ventilation structure would be located. We do know that they are often located at the entrances and exits of tunnels and it is therefore highly unlikely there would be one in Banyule Flats.

    One of our guiding principles is to minimise impacts on the environment and we'll be undertaking extensive environmental investigations over the coming months as the project develops. A few of the studies we'll be completing include noise and vibration, ground water, surface water, flora and fauna, ecology and air quality. We'll then need to get planning approval. This is likely to be through an Expected Environmental Effects Statement process.

    At this stage we're sharing the results of our early work and inviting communities to give us feedback on what we've found so far. If you'd like to know more about the environmental studies that will be included as part of  further planning for North East Link, we encourage you to come and talk with our environment team at one of our upcoming information sessions. Dates, venues and times are available here https://jointheconversation.northeastlink.vic.gov.au/north-east-link-about/key_dates


  • Why do the entry points to existing Eastern Freeway for proposed option 1 vary? Furneaux Grove is directly impacted by new roadways, in some, but not in others: maybe a more-detailed route, including locations of flyovers, could be added. In addition, could you check those figures for weekend usage of locations such as Main Rd, Diamond Creek? Are you sure about 91% and 93% of weekday usages? The weekend and weekday usages of Eastern Freeway itself, at its western end, vary by a lot more than 50%, according to VicRoads surveys of five years ago. Why would neighbouring feeder roads be different? N. Cree

    n_cree@yahoo.co.uk asked 3 months ago

    Hi N. Cree. Thanks for the questions. 

    Although we have focused on four potential corridors, it’s important to note that the routes shown are indicative only and aren’t exact or final in any way. We’re currently in the early stages of this project and developing a business case for North East Link, so haven’t reached a detailed design yet. The circles that represent the interchanges aren't to scale. There are likely to be multiple design options to connect North East Link to the Eastern Freeway, and we still have a lot more work to do before we will know what these could be.

    In regards to your questions about traffic studies, a lot has changed in Melbourne in the last few years and we need to make sure we’re planning for a road that can deliver what we need now, and into the future. This is why we’re collecting extensive, up-to-date traffic data across the north-east to help us understand the traffic problems Melbourne faces today rather than relying on previous studies. 

    Your question about weekend and weekday use is an interesting one. The Eastern Freeway carries large numbers of people travelling on a shared route over longer distances. For example from home to work on weekdays. Local roads, including arterial roads, carry smaller numbers of people making much more varied trips, usually to and from local destinations. These are often the kind of trips people would make travelling around their local neighbourhood on weekends.

  • Having read through the Technical Summary document in detail, Corridor A has been rated equal or superior to the alternatives against every listed objective and appears superior in its ability to meet each guiding principle. The Technical Summary is silent on the costings, but it would seem Corridor A can be delivered for 36% of the next best option. If Corridor A is not selected, this essentially means that tax payers will be paying more than $10 billion more for a significantly inferior option by every measure. On the basis of the findings outlined in your Technical Summary, how could any option other than Corridor A even be considered, and why are the public exposed to an extended period of uncertainty and unnecessary inaction?

    Jason asked 3 months ago

    Hi Jason and thanks for the question. 

    We don't have a preferred corridor at this stage. We are sharing how we are assessing the options and what we've found so far so we can hear what communities have to say. We need to hear if we are looking at what matters to communities.

    We'll be letting communities know what we've heard and recommending a preferred corridor before the end of the year.

  • How can you score Corridor A with two green ticks of "Reducing congestion in the north-east"? what's the evidence?

    de86 asked 3 months ago

    Hi de86, You can read more about the findings from our traffic studies so far on page 40 of our Technical Summary here http://northeastlink.vic.gov.au/publications

  • I love the fact this link is finally going to go ahead. What is unfortunate is the Government tries to show they care by asking out opinions but they have already decided on this route because it would be the cheapest to build. I agree with what "Opentosuggestions" wrote about in saying why just upgrade an existing road Greensborough hwy, Bulleen road as it will only get congested. A new road needs to be made further east as this will lighten traffic on those already busy roads. The modelling that is talked about is clearly useless because they never go for the best option for the future they only go for the cheapest option.

    Whenwilltheylearn asked 3 months ago

    Hi Whenwilltheylearn. Thanks for the questions and for getting involved. 

    We don't have a preferred option for North East Link yet. We're sharing what we've been working on so far and want to hear what communities have to say.

    We'll be recommending the option that best meets the project objectives and principles. At the moment these include areas like reducing congestion in the North East and getting trucks off local roads. We want to hear from you if we're measuring the 4 corridor options against the things that matter to you. You can read more about the project objectives and principles and tell us which ones matter most to you here https://jointheconversation.northeastlink.vic.gov.au/corridor-options

    Greensborough Highway and Bulleen Road won't become North East Link. North East Link will be a few freeway-standard road. Greensborough Highway and Bulleen Road will be kept for local use. 


  • Eastern Freeway is already blocked. Why are we increasing the stress on the freeway which is already to its limits?

    Vivek asked 3 months ago

    Hi Vivek. Thanks for your question. If Corridor A proceeds upgrades to some aspects of the Eastern Freeway between North East Link and EastLink will likely be necessary. If this is a concern for you, we encourage you to let us know by providing more detail about how you think this could affect you by joining the discussion forum here https://jointheconversation.northeastlink.vic.gov.au/corridor-options 

  • Just get on and start building Option A - Greenborough Hwy link. We need it now The Johnson family of 3, all car drivers, all voters. Beatty St, Ivanhoe 3079

    Shane Johnson asked 3 months ago

    Thanks for your comments Shane. Our community engagement process is seeking to find out what people think the opportunities and challenges for each of the corridors are and how you think they could affect you. If you have feedback you'd like to contribute, we encourage you to join the discussion forum and provide more detailed input here https://jointheconversation.northeastlink.vic.gov.au/corridor-options 

  • Hi, when the word "corridor" is used, what exactly does this mean? Will it be an underground tunnel on bulleen rd or will it be above ground? How will the residents near bulleen rd be affected? If a freeway is built over bulleen rd, that will massively affect the housing negatively in the area! This is a major concern. Pls elaborate and explain what this corridor will entail. Thanks

    Chris asked 3 months ago

    Hi Chris. Thanks for the question.

    There is likely to be a number of construction options for the section of Corridor A that connects to the Eastern Freeway near Bulleen Road. At this stage, it’s too early to know exactly how the road will be built. Detailed design will happen later.

    North East Link is being planned as a combination of surface roads and tunnels. Like other freeways there could be elevated ramps in some sections to make connections with other roads and to keep communities connected.

    I can see that house prices in Bulleen are a concern for you. If there are other things you would like to tell us about how you think Option A could affect you, we encourage you to complete the survey and join the discussion forums on this site to tell what you want North East Link to achieve, and what you would like us to work to protect in your area. 


  • Why is this option rated neutral for "Ability to protect the environment, culture, heritage and open spaces" when it then says the corridor is likely to "involve some environmental impacts associated with surface works?"

    James asked 3 months ago

    Hi James, thanks for the question. A large portion of Corridor A is currently proposed to be built as a tunnel to minimise impacts on the environment and communities. More information about what we’ve found about each corridor is available in our technical summary here http://northeastlink.vic.gov.au/publications. We encourage you to read the section 4.8 which covers environment, culture, heritage and open spaces and to complete the survey or join the discussion forum here https://jointheconversation.northeastlink.vic.gov.au/shape-north-east-link to give us feedback. 

  • This option will surely exacerbate existing congestion on the Eastern Fwy during evening outbound. How can feeding another freeway into the Eastern at Doncaster avoid this problem becoming totally chronic??

    Just one asked 3 months ago

    Hi Just one, thanks for the question. If Corridor A proceeds, it will likely be necessary to upgrade some aspects of the Eastern Freeway, potentially including a series of bridge upgrades and additional lanes. If you would like to read more about our traffic studies, including what North East Link could mean for the Eastern Freeway we encourage you to read the Technical Summary here http://northeastlink.vic.gov.au/publications. We also encourage you to join the discussion forum on this site to share your feedback on what we’ve found so far and what you want North East Link to achieve.

  • You've stated that we'll still be able to drive on roads that are currently free - which is not what happened when the CityLink was first introduced in 1999. A more nuanced question then is what happens to the link from Greensborough to Plenty Rd, currently 2 lanes, if it is upgraded to 3 lanes which will be required? Will this still be considered an existing road or will political speak now mean that it automatically becomes a new road given over to corporate rent seekers to the expense of we the taxpayers?

    David Chibo asked 3 months ago

    Hi David, thanks for the question. The current government position is that new roads may be tolled, however existing roads will not. You’ll still be able to drive on the routes you can now without paying any new tolls. Join our conversation forum on this site and let us know about issues like these that are important to you and what we should work towards.


  • How many lanes would you expect Bulleen Road to have north of the Eastern Freeway? Would there be any impact on Bulleen Road to the south of the Eastern Freeway?

    Paul asked 3 months ago

    Hi Paul. Bulleen Road won't become the North East Link. North East Link will be a new freeway-standard road. 


  • (This is NOT a conversation. We cannot respond to your replies.) This route is the most sensible for commuters wishing to go to the city but the Eastern Freeway won't be able to take all the extra traffic, especially not where it hits Hoddle Street and Alexander Parade. Even double stacking the eastern Freeway (with dips under bridges where necessary) won't solve the problem. Further, going east of the Intersection on the Eastern Freeway probably won't have enough capacity either, the section to Doncaster Road already badly clogged during evening peak hour, but options for widening the Freeway are very limited.

    JM asked 3 months ago

    Hi JM, thanks for your comment. This section of the site doesn't have a thread feature, but you can certainly use it to ask us as many questions as you like. If you would like to join a discussion style forum please head to https://jointheconversation.northeastlink.vic.gov.au/corridor-options/forum_topics/corridor-options.  

    Each option presents opportunities and challenges. Our early traffic modelling has shown that if North East Link follows the Greensborough Highway to the Eastern Freeway at Bulleen Road, a lot of the traffic will travel east and south, not into the CBD. If this corridor proceeds, it will likely be necessary to upgrade some aspects of the Eastern Freeway between EastLink and North East Link. This will potentially include a series of bridge upgrades and additional lanes. We encourage you to read our Technical Summary here http://northeastlink.vic.gov.au/publications to see what we have found about traffic hotspots near each of the corridors so far and to join the conversation forum to tell us what’s important to you.

    You may also like to come to one of our community information sessions this August. You can fnd details here https://jointheconversation.northeastlink.vic.gov.au/north-east-link-about/key_dates 

  • It may seem insignificant or not as important to consider keeping the environment in its natural state as much as possible without disrupting it. I think people forget sometimes that its nature that keeps us alive, trees provide us with the oxygen we breathe and where there is more nature present stress levels go down not up which is the opposite where more concrete and bitumen is present. So this looks like one of the best new routes but only if it is not destroying or disrupting nature and the environment.

    Marina asked 3 months ago

    Thanks Marina. One of our guiding principles is to minimise impacts on the environment. We encourage you to complete the survey and join the discussion forum here https://jointheconversation.northeastlink.vic.gov.au/shape-north-east-link to tell us what you want North East Link to achieve and what you want us to work to protect.

  • It looks like one of the interchange points will be at Heide Museum. Does this mean Heide will be lost forever?

    The Talking Horse asked 3 months ago

    Hi Taking Horse, thanks for your question. The proposed interchange at Banskia St/Manningham Rd will not affect Heide Museum. 

  • Option A will make Bulleen Rd an extension of the north east link carrying additional traffic into residential areas. Only a percentage of traffic using the north east link will choose to use the eastern freeway. In effect, Bulleen Rd will become another north-south arterial road. This will have a negative impact on residents in North Balwyn. Have residents on Bulleen Rd been included in your consultations? Have you modelled how much extra traffic will flow onto Bulleen Rd if Option A is adopted as the preferred option? If this modelling is or has been done, will you release this information?

    Cr. Cynthia Watson asked 3 months ago

    Hi Cynthia, thanks for your question. North East Link won’t replace Bulleen Road. North East Link will be a new freeway-standard road that connects directly from the north into the Eastern Freeway. Our studies so far have found that Corridor A is expected to ease reliance on Bulleen Road. If you would like to read more about our traffic studies, including what North East Link could mean for the Eastern Freeway we encourage you to read the Technical Summary here http://northeastlink.vic.gov.au/publications. We also encourage you to join the corridors discussion forums on this site to let us know what you think about what we’ve found so far and to tell us what you want North East Link to achieve and work to protect in your area.

  • Hi theorem this is the most appropriate route and as long as the Eastern Freeway can accomodate the extra traffic, which would require significant upgrades, then go ahead and build it. I'm all for it. Good on you Labor.

    Chris asked 3 months ago

    Hi Chris, thanks for your comment. This section of the website is a space for us to answer questions about each of the corridor options. If you have an opinion or comments you would like to share, we encourage you to join the discussion forum here https://jointheconversation.northeastlink.vic.gov.au/corridor-options/forum_topics/corridor-options.

  • Whilst this is the shortest route and appears to be stacked that way in view of all the green ticks I am worried about the intersection with Bulleen Road/ Thompsons Road . This area is a complete disiaster now, How are you going to reconfigure the Thompsons Road factor? Are you going to close it off at Bulleen Road?

    blkms76 asked 3 months ago

    Hi blkms76, thanks for the question. Bulleen Road won’t become North East Link. North East Link will be a new freeway-standard road. Our studies so far have found that Corridor A is expected to ease reliance on Bulleen Road. If you would like to read more about our traffic studies, including what North East Link could mean for Bulleen Road we encourage you to read the Technical Summary here http://northeastlink.vic.gov.au/publications. We also encourage you to join the corridors discussion forums on this site to let us know what you think about what we’ve found so far and to tell us what you want North East Link to achieve and work to protect in your area.


  • 1. Why is Option A listed as 11 kms when major upgrades to the Eastern Fwy will be essential to carry the additional traffic and large trucks? Surely the Option should provide some details on the FULL works to be undertaken. 2. If tunnels are used, what happens to trucks laden with hazardous materials such as petrol?

    Robert Lappin asked 3 months ago

    Hi Robert, thanks for the question. The indicative length of North East Link for Option A is likely to be 11 km. If Corridor A proceeds, it will likely be necessary to upgrade some aspects of the Eastern Freeway, potentially including a series of bridge upgrades and additional lanes. Because we're at business case stage of this project, it's too early for us to know exactly how the road could be built, and exactly what complementary upgrades to other roads could be required.

    Some tunnel designs can accommodate placarded loads, and recommended tunnel components will consider the benefits and challenges of all design and engineering options. Our initial research indicates placarded loads and dangerous goods (such as fuel tankers) in the north-east represent a small percentage of local truck traffic (1%). Many of these are making deliveries to local petrol stations.

    If you would like to read more about our traffic studies, including what North East Link could mean for the Eastern Freeway we encourage you to read the Technical Summary here http://northeastlink.vic.gov.au/publications. We also encourage you to join the corridors discussion forums on this site to let us know what you think about what we’ve found so far and what you want North East Link to achieve.


  • Option A was predictable as it is the cheapest, not the best, the cheapest. So on a weekend when faced with the choice of going via a toll way or simply using Rosanna Road, what do you really think the option will be. Why wait to make it the announcement, it is clear that the tunnel is going through the heart of Rosanna, Heidelberg and Bulleen. I think the resources now will be best spent knocking on the doors of residents and explaining to them why you have ruined their suburbs, destroyed the value in their houses and generated and incredible amount of stress. Personally I won't be voting for any party that supports this initiative.

    Stephen asked 3 months ago

    Hi Stephen, thanks for the question. Although we have focused on four potential corridors, it’s important to note that the routes shown are indicative only and aren’t exact or final in any way. It’s far too early to know how the road will be designed in the end. It's also important to note we don;t have a preferred corridor at this stage in the planning process. We’re here to seek community feedback on our findings so far and want to know what you think as we move into our second stage of planning. This section of the website is a space for us to answer questions about each of the corridor options. If you have feedback you would like to share, we encourage you to join the discussion forum here https://jointheconversation.northeastlink.vic.gov.au/corridor-options/forum_topics/corridor-options


  • The stats show this is the most ideal option.. and I agree.

    Kathy Bennett asked 3 months ago

    Thanks for your comment. This section of the website is a space for us to answer questions about each of the corridor options. If you have an opinion or comments you would like to share, we encourage you to join the discussion forum here https://jointheconversation.northeastlink.vic.gov.au/corridor-options/forum_topics/corridor-options

  • Judging by the green ticks Corridor A is the clear winner so what is stopping you when the other options are clearly less promising?

    Rv asked 3 months ago

    Hi Rv, thanks for your question. We don’t have a preferred corridor at this stage at this stage of the planning process. We are sharing the potential corridors early in our investigations so we can update the community on what we’ve found so far. Each option presents opportunities and challenges and we want to hear from you to get this project right. If you’d like to get involved, we encourage you to join the discussion forums on this site.

  • Why is the 'submit' not being accepted for attendance at Bulleen Session, 17/8?

    n_cree@yahoo.co.uk asked 3 months ago

    Hi N. Cree, we’ve tested the form and aren’t experiencing any errors. When you submit your RSVP you will see a notice at the top of the screen to let you know it’s been received. If you have any more problems using the form, please write to us at community@northeastlink.vic.gov.au and we’ll complete your registration for you.


  • Why channel so much traffic through an already congested suburban area where it will only offer so many alternative ,existing, routes for cars to avoid paying tolls? The Bulleen road entrance to the Eastern is already congested and even with some road upgrades it will only take a matter of time before it again becomes overly congested. Wouldn't it be more efficient to push traffic out a little further to join eastlink where there would be more opportunity for traffic along the Eastern freeway to flow smoother for those that will exit before eastlink. Joining a major road to another major road (Eastern Fwy and Bullen Rd) will only create a big bottleneck.

    OpentoSuggestions asked 3 months ago

    Hi OpentoSuggestions, thanks for your question. Our studies so far have found that Corridor A can provide a direct alternative to congested roads in Melbourne’s north-east due to good connections to the existing road network. While traffic increases are forecast on Grimshaw Street, significant reductions in traffic and congestion are expected on Rosanna Road, Lower Plenty Road east of Rosanna Road, Banksia Street and Fitzsimons Lane. Corridor A is also expected to ease reliance on Bulleen Road. Our traffic modelling uses hundreds of variables including costs like tolls at various sensitivities. If you would like to read more about our traffic studies, including what North East Link could mean for the Eastern Freeway we encourage you to read the Technical Summary here http://northeastlink.vic.gov.au/publications. We also encourage you to join the corridors discussion forums on this site to let us know what you think about what we’ve found so far and what you want North East Link to achieve.

  • Will Option A involve adding a toll between Springvale Road and Bulleen Road or any section of the Eastern Freeway? Additionally do not want it to become grid lock as well; any modifications should be improvements to existing transport corridors not that the opposite.

    James A asked 3 months ago

    Hi James, thanks for your question. The current government position is that new roads may be tolled, however existing roads will not. You’ll still be able to drive on the roads you can now without paying a toll.

    Our early traffic modelling has shown that if North East Link follows the Greensborough Highway to the Eastern Freeway at Bulleen Road, a lot of the traffic will travel east and south. If this corridor proceeds, it will likely be necessary to upgrade some aspects of the Eastern Freeway. 


  • The M80 freeway up to the Greensborough bypass, currently owned by us the taxpayers and road users who have paid years of petrol tax to build this, is currently free to use. Will the State Government follow the globally failed policy of neoliberalism and hand over this section to private corporations that will charge us to use this currently free road once the link has been built?

    David Chibo asked 3 months ago

    Hi David, thanks for your question. The current government position is that new roads may be tolled, however existing roads will not. You’ll still be able to drive on the roads you can now without paying a toll.

  • Will the existing roads remain in place, like the Greensborough Road / Bypass and Bulleen Road?

    tony asked 3 months ago

    Hi tony, thanks for your question. You’ll still be able to drive on the roads you can now without paying a toll.

  • Will the tunnel exhaust fume stacks be filtered? It seems Corridor A is using the space left vacant by the River Gum Walk, I imagine any exhaust stack will be built here and very close to existing houses.

    tony asked 3 months ago

    Hi tony, thanks for your question. It’s too early to know where ventilation structures would be located. Until we know how long the tunnels might be and the sort of terrain they’re in we can’t say much more. Any structures need to meet stringent environmental requirements. 

  • Will access for local residents between the east and west sides of the Greensborough Highway be impacted? For example I cross the Highway each day between Elder Street and the Watsonia train station carpark. Would this change?

    Scarlett asked 3 months ago

    Hi Scarlett, thanks for your question. It’s too early to know detailed information about exactly where the road could be built, but making sure communities remain connected is a big focus for the team. We encourage you to visit the ‘What does success look like’ section of this website to tell us what you would like North East Link to achieve and what you would like is to work to protect in your area.

  • Why hasn't the existing rivergum walk easement been considered as a more direct link between Greensborough Road & Bulleen Road for tunnelling? Wouldn't that limit the impact of the surrounding area?

    Roland asked 3 months ago

    Hi Roland, thanks for your question. We have examined all viable options for a connection between the M80 Ring Road and the Eastern Freeway or EastLink. The four proposed corridors were selected for their performance against our objectives and a range of other measures. Our guiding objectives include minimising impacts on the environment and protecting areas important to the community – this is why we’re proposing to build a large portion of this project as an underground tunnel.

  • Will there be any property acquisitions along the length of the tunnel? If so, will residents be notified in advance, or is it more of a "wait and see"?

    Roland asked 3 months ago

    Hi Roland, thanks for your question. Because we do not yet know where North East Link will be built, nor how it will be designed, we are not in a position to understand what properties will be potentially affected. We encourage you to keep in touch with us as planning progresses. In the meantime, we can give you a call to discuss these concerns with you if that is helpful. If you’d like to do this, please send us your contact number and a preferred time to talk and we will get in touch with you.


  • Does this route specifically travel directly underneath the Banyule Homestead and neighbouring properties, or is it a rough guide? I keep seeing "Banyule Flats" mentioned, but nowhere in the interactive map or PDF does it display the tunnel going underneath the flats.

    Roland asked 3 months ago

    Hi Roland, thanks for your question. Although we have focused on four potential corridors, it’s important to note that the routes shown are indicative only and aren’t exact or final in any way. It’s far too early to know how the road will be designed in the end. The dashed line on this interactive map http://northeastlink.vic.gov.au/project-corridors/corridor-a represents a minimum length of tunnel that would pass underneath the Banyule Flats including the Banyule Homestead. If there are other areas you would like us to work to protect, we encourage you to let us know by joining the discussion forums on this site.

  • I believe this is the only practical option although I don't have any confidence in Daniel Andrews after his idiotic and expensive cancellation of the East West Link. How long will construction take? Why wait for the next election for a decision?

    Dick asked 3 months ago

    Hi Dick, thanks for your question. It’s too soon to know how long it would take to build. The Labor Government will not sign contracts before the election – giving the Victorian community their say on this vital project without binding future governments.

  • All options are tolled, wouldn't this option just encourage more traffic to be funnelled down Rosanna Rd, defeating the entire purpose of the project?

    David Mulholland asked 3 months ago

    Hi David, thanks for your question. To ensure trucks will use the new link when it’s built we’re doing extensive consultation with the freight industry as well as truck origin-destination surveys to understand where trucks are coming from and going to. We will also look at tolling strategies to ensure that the time savings are worth the cost of using the link.

    This work will help us come up with the best route which will take these trucks off residential roads. We are also working to understand how best to design this freeway for trucks, which considers minimal grades, truck turning paths and other factors. 

  • Does the eastern freeway have capacity to take the extra traffic from the ring road or would it need to be upgraded as well ?

    Rob asked 3 months ago

    Hi Rob, thanks for your question. The impact that North East Link will have on the Eastern Freeway will depend on the final recommended corridor. If an option is selected that results in additional traffic on the Eastern Freeway, we will look at complementary upgrades, for example additional lanes and ramp signals.


  • Given this route would become very attractive for car commuters, how will you prevent it becoming uselessly congested during the morning and evening peaks almost immediately ?

    drygreen asked 3 months ago

    Hi drygreen, thanks for your question. Part of our traffic modelling includes looking at future demand for North East Link - including population growth.