North East Link
The North East Link is a series of works constructing new lanes and roads through the north-eastern areas of Melbourne. The primary components of the project include:
- A new six-lane tolled motorway connecting the end of the Metropolitan Ring Road in Greensborough to the Eastern Freeway in North Balwyn
- Seven additional lanes built along the Eastern Freeway from Bulleen Road to Springvale Road
- A dedicated busway from Hoddle Street to Doncaster Road
The North East Link Authority have also expressed serious interest in working to significantly improve walking and cycling connections throughout the project area.
Bicycle Network have become involved in the project.
Potential bicycle projects
This project could be the catalyst for implementing this important piece of strategic transport infrastructure following the rejection of the East West Link. The proposal involves a direct path built from the Chandler Highway to Alexandra Parade. There would be many significant benefits to such a project and BBUG is very keen to see this project implemented as part of the North East Link.
North Balwyn to Greensborough
The North East Link Authority have already announced new and upgraded pedestrian and cycling links from North Balwyn to Greensborough. Details have not been published to date.
A series of community workshops are schedule to take place throughout February and March. The first, on 27th February 2018, will be focussed on walking and cycling. All are encouraged to register and attend - see details here.
In an answer to a question on the North East Link online engagement website, officials from the Authority stated: "North East Link includes a major upgrades to existing as well as brand new walking and cycling links all the way from the M80 to the Eastern Freeway and Main Yarra Trail. The project will provide up to 12 kilometres of new dedicated off-road walking and cycling paths, with an additional 10 kilometres of on-road bicycle lanes."
The preferred option for the North East Link route (Option A) was also announced by the Victorian Government - read the article here
North East Link project announced by the Victorian Government. Read the article here