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North East Link - Latest Designs

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North East Link will fix the missing link in Melbourne’s freeway network, connecting the M80 with an upgraded Eastern Freeway. It will be a safe and efficient freeway connection for up to 135,000 vehicles a day, linking key growth areas in the north and south-east.

The new freeway connection will:

  • Cut travel times by up to 35 minutes
  • Take 15,000 trucks off local roads a day
  • Deliver more than 25 kilometres of new walking and cycling paths
  • Create more than 10,000 Victorian jobs

North East Link includes:

  • Victoria’s longest road tunnels: three-lane twin tunnels travelling for six kilometres, protecting properties and the sensitive Banyule Flats area
  • Interchanges at the M80 Ring Road, Grimshaw Street, Lower Plenty Road, Manningham Road and Bulleen Road
  • Melbourne’s first dedicated busway with express lanes along the Eastern Freeway from Doncaster towards the city

The idea for a North East Link was first considered in 1929. It is now identified as Victoria's priority road project by Infrastructure Victoria and will be the single biggest investment in road transport infrastructure in Victorian history.

Project map - September 2018