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Northern Melbourne MPs Danielle Green and Vicki Ward have welcomed the Andrews Labor Government’s decision on the route for the North East Link – the biggest transport project in Victoria’s history.

The North East Link will begin on the Eastern Freeway at Springvale Road where the capacity of the Eastern will be doubled with six extra dedicated lanes to eliminate some of eastern Melbourne’s worst bottlenecks.

Heading west, the mega-freeway will connect to a new six lane tunnel at Bulleen with local underground connections at Banksia St and Manningham Road.

The five kilometre-long tunnel will then travel deep beneath the Yarra River, protecting environmentally sensitive parkland and residential areas.

There will be a local connection at Lower Plenty Road, with the North East Link then running north alongside the existing Greensborough Highway, which will stay open for local traffic.

A new interchange will see the North East Link travel beneath Grimshaw Street in Watsonia, before seamlessly connecting to the M80 Ring Road at Greensborough, which is also being widened.

Congestion on local roads in the north eastern suburbs will also be slashed, with up to 15,000 trucks taken off local streets a day, and more than 9,000 vehicles taken off hotspots like Rosanna Road.

The North East Link is expected to create around 10,000 jobs.

The estimated $16.5 billion road project comes after a year of consultation with residents across Melbourne.

The preferred route takes the most cars and trucks off local streets than any other option, by far. It delivers the greatest travel time benefits for all users of all the options and provides the most transport benefits in the most cost effective way.

The North East Link project will compliment a series of road projects across Melbourne’s northern suburbs undertaken by the Andrews Labor Government including upgrades to Bolton St, Yan Yean, Plenty Roads and $700 million provided for the M80 Ring Road widening to the Greensborough Bypass.


Quotes attributable to Vicki Ward

“The North East Link will take thousands of trucks and heavy vehicles off our roads in Melbourne’s north east and Victoria’s longest tunnel will protect sensitive environmental areas and residential zones”

Vicki Ward