Infrastructure Australia has granted approval for the Victorian Government’s $15.8 billion North East Link.
The project has now been listed as a High Priority Project on the Infrastructure Priority List, meaning construction of the project can now proceed.
The project involves construction of a new freeway-standard 11 km roadway to link the M3 Eastern Freeway and M80 Ring Road between Doncaster and Greensborough, upgrades to sections of the M80 and M3 Eastern Freeway and an additional 10.6 km of bus lanes between Doncaster and the city.
Infrastructure Australia Acting Chief Executive, Anna Chau, said the project could deliver significant travel time savings for drivers and passengers in a growing part of Melbourne, shaving up to 30 minutes off trips between the M80 and M3 Eastern Freeway.
“Melbourne’s north east is home to around one fifth of the city’s population and will accommodate a large part of the city’s population growth in the next 30 years,” said Ms Chau.
The project also incorporates dedicated, end-to-end Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) to enable North East Link to operate as a Managed Motorway and integrate with connecting freeways and arterial roads.
“Infrastructure Australia supports investment in ITS technology as it creates new opportunities to manage demand and improve the efficiency of our road networks. This enables governments to extract maximum value from existing and future investments, which is in the best interests of transport users as well as taxpayers,” Ms Chau said.