Corridor B

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 24 km corridor would provide a direct connection from the M80 to EastLink. It would not require upgrades to the Eastern Freeway.

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

Reduce traffic on the Eastern Freeway and Manningham Road but would provide limited congestion relief to key north south roads such as Fitzsimons Lane.
Getting trucks off residential roads in the north-east

Get trucks off some residential roads such as Rosanna Road but increase the number of trucks on others, particularly some connected to the corridor.
Connecting more people to jobs and education

Potentially connect people to jobs and education but access would be widely dispersed along the corridor.
Connecting businesses
Provide some opportunities for local businesses to access potential customers and workers in the wider area but would not greatly improve access for businesses located in key current and emerging employment areas.
Making freight move more efficiently
Offer a direct connection to existing freight routes but would likely have long inclines that would slow trucks down and reduce efficiency overall.
Improving public transport connections and travel times

Provide limited improvements to key public transport routes or access to public transport interchanges.
Improving connections for pedestrians and cyclists
Offer moderate potential to divert trucks away from road cycling routes and places where people shop and work however have limited opportunity to provide new or enhanced walking and cycling paths.
Ability to protect the environment, culture, heritage and open spaces

Offer opportunities to protect some sensitive areas including the Yarra River by tunnelling but would involve some environmental impacts associated with surface works.
Ability to minimise impacts from construction-related traffic.

Create disruptions to the transport network including building a highly complex interchange at EastLink, upgrading Springvale Road and Reynolds Road and potentially extending Reynolds Road to the Maroondah Highway.


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 B, 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 24 km corridor would provide a direct connection from the M80 to EastLink. It would not require upgrades to the Eastern Freeway.

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

Reduce traffic on the Eastern Freeway and Manningham Road but would provide limited congestion relief to key north south roads such as Fitzsimons Lane.
Getting trucks off residential roads in the north-east

Get trucks off some residential roads such as Rosanna Road but increase the number of trucks on others, particularly some connected to the corridor.
Connecting more people to jobs and education

Potentially connect people to jobs and education but access would be widely dispersed along the corridor.
Connecting businesses
Provide some opportunities for local businesses to access potential customers and workers in the wider area but would not greatly improve access for businesses located in key current and emerging employment areas.
Making freight move more efficiently
Offer a direct connection to existing freight routes but would likely have long inclines that would slow trucks down and reduce efficiency overall.
Improving public transport connections and travel times

Provide limited improvements to key public transport routes or access to public transport interchanges.
Improving connections for pedestrians and cyclists
Offer moderate potential to divert trucks away from road cycling routes and places where people shop and work however have limited opportunity to provide new or enhanced walking and cycling paths.
Ability to protect the environment, culture, heritage and open spaces

Offer opportunities to protect some sensitive areas including the Yarra River by tunnelling but would involve some environmental impacts associated with surface works.
Ability to minimise impacts from construction-related traffic.

Create disruptions to the transport network including building a highly complex interchange at EastLink, upgrading Springvale Road and Reynolds Road and potentially extending Reynolds Road to the Maroondah Highway.


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 B, 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.
  • Hi, Just a simple question that is probably a bit obvious but will any of the corridors(specifically corridor B) effect any houses in regard to their value? Especially houses within 50 metres of tunneling.

    William Gittins asked about 2 years ago

    Hi William,

    Thanks for the question. One of our guiding principles for North East Link is to minimise impacts on communities. Property values is part of our investigations into how the corridors would perform. We'll be looking at potential decreases as well as potential increases due to improved connectivity however it is still too early for us to know much more.

    In regards to your question about homes near tunnels, there are thousands of road tunnels operating around the world, including some in Melbourne. These tunnels are built deep underground and designed so that once built, people living and working above the tunnels don’t even notice they are there. Once North East Link is operating, people above the tunnel will not notice any noise or vibrations.


  • Hi, I am concerned about the impact that Corridors B and C might have on the very sensitive environmental areas around Yarran Dheran. This is an extremely important asset, not just for the community but also for our wildlife and the rare flora and fauna found there. Can you comment on any studies that have been done so far on the likely effects and mitigations that have been considered to date?

    Kathryn asked about 2 years ago

    Hi Kathryn,

    Our ecologists have been to the Yarran Dheran Reserve and our work to date has confirmed that significant ecological values exist in this location including high quality native vegetation and potential habitat for listed fauna species. 

    None of the corridors under consideration (including corridors B and C) would have a direct impact on Yarran Dheran Reserve. However, in the event that corridor B or C is preferred there would need to be a careful assessment of any indirect impacts as the Mullum Mullum Creek passing though this area is downstream of these corridors.

  • Where will the road be going thru and exactly where does it start in greensbourgh rd and where does it join on in templestowe I live in lower plenty will this effect my property

    Res lplenty asked about 2 years ago

    Hi Res lplenty,

    Thanks for getting in touch. The routes we have released at this stage are indicative only. We still have more work to do before we can know where North East Link will be built and exactly how it could be designed.

    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 are very keen to minimise impacts on communities and the environment. One of the ways we are looking at doing this is by tunnelling under urban and environmentally sensitive areas. 

    You can find maps for each of the indicative corridors, including minimum tunnel lengths our studies so far have identified would be required, on our website here northeastlink.vic.gov.au/project-corridors.

    If you are worried about your property now please contact us on 1800 941 191 so we can record your contact details, understand your concerns and stay in touch as the project progresses.

  • Hi there I have a query regarding Option B - has any traffic study been done yet on the effect of a potential proposed interchange on Main Rd, near Para Rd? Apart from Para Rd, the 6km stretch of Main Rd from Fitzsimmons Lane to Greensboroguh Rd has very little option for north-south movement along secondary roads due to the Banyule Flats to the south and lack of main roads running north. Would an interchange in the middle of this have a highly significant impact on congestion, with no way for traffic to filter out? As it is Main Rd is very heavy along this stretch during peak hour, traffic becomes "trapped" with only minor winding and undulating escape routes and a heavy increase may be unworkable. Thank you.

    CV asked about 2 years ago

    Hi Cv,

    We have undertaken a high-level assessment of the change in traffic volumes due to the proposed interchange on Main Road with Corridor B. Our studies so far have found that it would result in a large increase in traffic volumes along Main Road. That is partially why it was rated as ‘neutral’ overall for both reducing general traffic congestion in the north-east and getting trucks off residential roads in the newsletter.

    One of the challenges for Corridor B is that without an interchange at Main Road, there would be a significant length between interchanges.

    We have looked into the possibility of a connection at Fitzsimons Lane. Our studies so far have found that this is unlikely to occur due to environmental impacts. We are trying to connect North East Link with VicRoads preferred traffic routes and Main Road is the only location within the area. 


  • How would a tunnel go deep under the Plenty River and yet still arrive at a meaningful level to provide an interchange with Main and Lower Plenty Roads? Is the plan instead to cross the river flood plain above ground on the Yallambie side and cross the river with bridges? How stable is the geology around the river? What happens to the high voltage power lines? Do they go underground whenever the road is above ground and has this been factored into the cost? Is the existing electrical easement wide enough to cover the tunnel or would the tunnel in effect be under the houses backing onto the easement? Would those houses need to be compulsorily and/or voluntarily acquired? What are the projections for increased traffic on local roads resulting from a freeway interchange at Lower Plenty?

    Yallambie asked about 2 years ago

    Hi Yallambie,
     
    Thanks for the questions. 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.
     
    At this stage, the indicative route for Corridor B requires further development and geotechnical investigations at Plenty River. This includes access to a potential interchange at Lower Plenty Road / Main Road. We are planning North East Link tunnels to be three lanes each way which would likely be wider than the power line easement. There are thousands of road tunnels operating around the world, including some in Melbourne. These tunnels are built and designed so that people living and working above the tunnels are not impacted.

     
    Because at this stage the route is indicative only and subject to further technical and engineering and other studies, it is too early to confirm the final design solution should Corridor B be built. It is also too early to know if any properties could potentially be affected. As we plan for North East Link we are working to minimise impacts on local communities and the environment. If you live in this 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 as the project progresses.


  • As a home owner along the corridor I just want to understand under the proposed, which houses would you have to acquire to support the development. As you can appreciate this will have an impact on my decision for support. Thanks

    adrianb231 asked about 2 years ago

    Hi adrianb231,

    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 could potentially be affected.

    We are very keen to minimise impacts on communities. One of the ways we are proposing to do this is by using tunnels.

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

  • Corridor A seems just like upgrading the main roads from rosanna road to greensborough bypass, not sure how this will help alot of the traffic already going through there, maybe a wider road would suffice. And this also does not help the already congested eastern freeway from bulleen road to springvale rd. Corridor B, looks like a good route, as it covers a wider range of higher density of the population who lives in the area. And cater for more people living in the north east corridor Corridor C & D is quite out of the way from most people living in the areas of north to east corridor

    Briankurnie asked about 2 years ago

    Thanks for your feedback Brian,

    Should Option A be built, it would be new road infrastructure. It would also likely include upgrades to the Eastern Freeway.

    As part of how we are planning for North East Link, we're looking carefully at population projections as well as where people will be living and working.

    You can find more about the work we've done so far in our Technical Summary here http://northeastlink.vic.gov.au/publications

  • What modelling is being done to predict traffic conditions on local roads that will feed the NEL? I am particularly concerned with main road-lower plenty rd should corridor B be selected.

    Libby asked about 2 years ago

    Hi Libby,

    Thanks for letting us know this is a concern for you. 

    Our traffic studies to understand how each of the options would perform are still underway and include looking closely at potential connections between North East Link and the local road network. One of the requirements we have for this project is not creating new problems in solving the ones we've identified.

    As part of how we design North East Link we'll be looking at how to connect most effectively into the local road network, including to keep traffic flowing freely and safely.

  • Where are the trucks going? I don't understand why this option is so much worse than option A for truck routes.

    Kathy L asked about 2 years ago

    Hi Kathy,

    Thanks for your question. Option B would likely have long inclines that would slow trucks down. There are 3 sections of Option B our studies have found which would likely not meet standards for trucks.

    You can read more about what we've found about trucks and each of the options in our technical summary here http://northeastlink.vic.gov.au/publications 

  • Is it true this corridor would go above ground through the middle of Heidelberg Golf Club? If that is the case the cost of this connection is too great. How can you even consider destroying a great community asset? Cannot see how this 'protects the environment.'

    ColinHGC asked about 2 years ago

    Hi Colin,

    The indicative routes we are using for the business case aren't exact or final in any way. We still have more work to do before we can know precisely where North East Link could be built and how the road would be designed. 

    Thanks for your feedback and letting us know that the Heidelberg Golf Club is important to you.

  • Both corridors B and C have a section of the road, between Reynolds Road and Warrandyte Road, on the ground level and not underground like the section of the road before Reynolds Road and after Warrandyte Road. As a resident, together with my neighbours, living near to mullum mullum creek, the area is currently beautiful and tranquil. When Corridor B or C is built, our neighbourhood would turn into a nightmare with noisy fast moving vehicles posing a safety threat and destroying the tranquility of the area. If Corridor B or C is built, can the section between Reynolds Road and Warrandyte Road be placed underground?

    Concerned resident asked about 2 years ago

    Hi Concerned resident,

    Thanks for getting in touch. At this stage should Option B or Option C be built it is likely they would require an interchange near Reynolds Road to connect to the existing road network.

    Because we are in the very early stages of this project we don't yet know exactly where North East Link could be built nor how it could be designed - including the potential interchanges.

    There would likely be a number of design options for the proposed interchange at Reynolds Road. Should Option B or C be recommend as the preferred corridor and progress to detailed design stage, there would be further consultation with communities in the local area.

    Thank you for letting us know now that safety, noise and the character of your local area are things that are important to you. We'll incorporate this feedback into the business case we are developing.

    If you haven't already done so, we encourage you to participate further in shaping the business case by completing the survey and joining the discussion forum on this site.

  • With our current ring roads M80-Craigieburn bypass.Whichever model the gov decides to proceed with ,will the new corridor be 4 lanes in each direction.I travel the M80 and Craigieburn bypass frequently and 2 lanes not sufficient for to reduce congestion moving traffic from one side of town to the other?

    sunbury3429 asked about 2 years ago

    Hi Sunbury,

    Thanks for your question. We still have more work to do before we can know where North East Link could be built and exactly how it could be designed. However, we do know that it will be more than 2 lanes in each direction.

  • hi Corridor B would be the best route! Corridor A is good but this will impact a huge traffic on Rosana road which is having only 2 lanes and a lot of noice for residental. Corridor C and D is way too far and there is not much activity , not created as much as a job.

    Tony asked about 2 years ago

    Hi Tony,

    Thanks for your comments. 

    Our traffic modelling so far has found that by 2031 Corridor A would be taking 12,000 - 15,000 cars and trucks off Rosanna Road each weekday. 

    Corridor B would take 9,000 - 12,000 cars and trucks a day of Rosanna Road.


  • I have concerns about the environmental impact of options B and C (and D, for that matter). In particular, options B and C both show what appears to be a surface freeway extending from near the intersection of Reynolds/Tindals/Harris Gulley Roads to Warrandyte Road. This passes through green wedge land (east of Tindals Road) and low density housing (west of Tindals Road and south of Warrandyte Road) and is likely to have an adverse impact on Mullum Mullum Creek Linear Park (and likely, the creek itself) and Currawong Bush Park. These are oases of native bushland and fauna and are well used by cyclists and walkers. Only recently have the other "missing links" (gaps between cycling/walking tracks) been connected in this area and I think it is important to maintain the tranquility of this area.

    mafink asked about 2 years ago

    Hi Mafink. Thanks for letting us know protecting these areas is important to you.

  • How much is Corridor B estimated to cost? There seems little difference between B or C in length. C seems to have overall benefits but again I would like to know the cost of each proposal.Yet it really is going to be what the governments will cover in costs as to which proposal goes ahead.

    Theo asked about 2 years ago

    Hi Theo. Thanks for the question. 

    At this stage of the business case we're focused on investigating how each of the corridors performs against the project objectives and principles. These include areas like reducing congestion in the north-east, making local neighbourhoods safer and easier to get around and connecting people to jobs and education. 

    We're working to recommend the option that best meets the project objectives and principles, not the cheapest.

  • Many drivers use m80 to.go to city option B will make it harder

    Ron Hendrie asked about 2 years ago

    Hi Ron, our traffic modelling so far has found that North East Link will service demand for trips between the north and north-east and the 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.

    You can read more about our traffic studies, including details of trip origins and destinations in our Technical Summary here http://northeastlink.vic.gov.au/publications

  • Will the link cut Heidelberg golf club in half

    Ron Hendrie asked about 2 years ago

    Hi Ron. Thanks for the question. Because we still don't know where North East Link could be built, nor how it could be designed it's still too early for us to know whether any properties could be affected and how. We're sharing what we've found so far with communities so we can hear what matters to you. We encourage you to let us know what you think about our findings by joining the conversation here https://jointheconversation.northeastlink.vic.gov.au/corridor-options

  • For Corridor B option it looks like you will be building a road through Heidelberg Golf Course (HGC) - are there plans to acquire the land and close HGC?

    KJC asked about 2 years ago

    Hi KJC. Thanks for the question. Because we still don't know where North East Link could be built, nor how it could be designed it's still too early for us to know whether any properties could be affected and how. We're sharing what we've found so far with communities so we can hear what matters to you. We encourage you to let us know what you think about our findings by joining the conversation here https://jointheconversation.northeastlink.vic.gov.au/corridor-options 

  • driving to the airport would be quicker using option b instead of negotiating bulleen road, manningham road, rosanna area which is narrow, and thick with traffic lights. route b would not require work on the eastern freeway if it came out near the ringwood bypass and the east link to the south where most of melbourne live and are poorly served to get to tullermarine. there is a lot of rock in the area

    alan mccabe asked about 2 years ago

    Thanks for your comments Alan. This section of the website is a space for people to ask us questions about Corridor B. We've kept a record of your feedback, however we also encourage you to join the corridors discussion forum here https://jointheconversation.northeastlink.vic.gov.au/corridor-options

  • You should conduct a survey, just ask the public which Corridor would be preferred choice. For me Corridor B is the better route. Just a thought...

    Clint asked about 2 years ago

    Hi Clint, thanks for your question. Through early conversations with communities and stakeholders we've heard that people don't want the preferred corridor to be selected based on a popular vote. If you'd like to get involved in the conversation about North East Link, we encourage you to complete the survey and join the discussion forums on this site.

  • Corridors B and C make the most sense to me, and it comes down to what the North East Link really should accomplish: complete a continuous ring road structure around outer Melbourne so traffic that can happily stay on the outside don't have to travel *toward* the city needlessly and worsen rush hour congestions.

    Wei asked about 2 years ago

    Hi Wei, thanks for your question. As a continuation of the M80 Ring Road, North East Link will cater for the movement of people and goods around Melbourne rather than in and out of the central city areas.

    If you would like to read more about our traffic studies, including how each option would likely ease congestion, we encourage you to read the Technical Summary here http://northeastlink.vic.gov.au/publications and 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.


  • Why would you consider any other corridor than B, maybe C as a second choice, the other corridors are completely out of the question, cost wise, moving traffic, practical to build and to service that side of Melbourne and open it up, thousands of acres of undeveloped land, crying out for a decent ring road on the east side around metropolitan Melbourne and the golden opportunity to move people in an easy manner, and for once look after the people on the Nth East side of our metropolitan area. So the first sentence is my question regarding options. Thank you.

    Rocks. asked about 2 years ago

    Hi Rocks, 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 the project objectives and a range of other measures. We’d love to hear more about what you think the opportunities and challenge for each of the four corridor options are. We’re here to find out what the community thinks of our findings so far and if we’re looking at the right things. We encourage you to join the discussion forums on this site to tell us more about what’s important to you.

  • Don't be daft. The intersection at the Ringwood bypass would be a nightmare.

    JM asked about 2 years ago

    Hi JM, thanks for your question. We’re here to find out what the community thinks of our findings so far and if we’re looking at the right things. We encourage you to join the discussion forums on this site to tell us more about what’s important to you.