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Completing the Ring Road - North East Link Advocacy

Council has long recognised the need for the completion of the Metropolitan Ring Road as a direct orbital link from the Greensborough Bypass through to Ringwood. The completion of the Metropolitan Ring Road is also known as the North East Link and is a key action in Council’s Banyule Integrated Transport Plan (BITP) - Advocate for a North East Link as a direct orbital link from the Metropolitan Ring Road to East Link.

The rationale for this key action is:

  • Remove freight from Greensborough Highway and Rosanna Road;
  • Safety issues with a route that includes Rosanna Road;
  • Environmental and heritage protection of Banyule Flats;
  • Public transport improvements to reduce commuter car use.

Banyule’s arterial road network, including Rosanna Road and Greensborough Highway is used as a link for freight and commuter traffic between the northern and western suburbs and the south eastern suburbs. Rosanna Road and Greensborough Highway experience high levels of congestion, impacting on road safety and amenity of surrounding residents. The completion of the Metropolitan Ring Road would connect the freight centres around Dandenong and the agricultural centres in Gippsland with the Hume Freeway and other interstate corridors.

Completion of the Metropolitan Ring Road will have significant positive impacts and improve safety on roads in Banyule, particularly Rosanna Road and Greensborough Highway, which carry a disproportionately high volume of commuter and truck traffic.

History of the North East Link

 Year Activity 

1999

Metropolitan Ring Road completed to the Greensborough Highway

 2008

Eastlink completed from Frankston to Ringwood 

 2014

Plan Melbourne releases a Map showing the North East Link connecting the M80 to EastLink via Banyule. 

 2015

The Banyule Integrated Transport Plan (BITP) released supporting an orbital North East Link. 

 2016

Infrastructure Victoria releases the Victorian Infrastructure Strategy recommending construction of the North East Link within 10 to 15 years, with a first step recommending a detailed assessment of alternative alignments. 

December  2016

Victorian Government commits $35m to put together business case for the completion of the Metropolitan Ring Road and establishment of North East Link Authority to oversee the project. 

 

Victorian Government established the North East Link Authority (NELA) in mid December 2016. The authority will put together the business case for the completion of the Metropolitan Ring Road, including route selection, planning approval and tendering. This work is expected to be complete by October 2018.

Currently, all options for the completion of the Metropolitan Ring Road are on the table and Council will advocate for an orbital solution from the end of the Greensborough Bypass to Eastlink, east of Ringwood.

Council will advocate to be actively involved in the work of the North East Link Authority so as to get the better outcome for Banyule and its community. More information will be provided on this page as it becomes available.

The Draft North East Link Project Action Plan

In July 2016, Council sought expressions of interest from residents and community members to join a community focus group to guide Council in the development of a North East Link Project Action Plan.

The North East Link community focus group was formed, comprising ten community members and councillors to:

  • Provide information to Council on issues around safety and amenity of Rosanna Road and Greensborough Highway from Banksia Street through to the Metropolitan Ring Road.
  • Provide ideas and thoughts on how best to advocate for an orbital north east link between Greensborough and Eastlink.
  • To respond to and provide advice on the draft action plan.

The draft North East Link Project Action Plan has four main goals with a number of actions to achieve that goal.

GOAL 1: Jointly advocate for the completion of the Metropolitan Ring Road.

GOAL 2: Facilitate and encourage discussion on potential alignments for the completion of the Metropolitan Ring Road.

GOAL 3: Determine the Future of Rosanna Road.

GOAL 4: Promote the Action Plan.

Have Your Say - Shaping Banyule

To make sure we are heading in the right direction with the North East Link Project Action Plan, visit Shaping Banyule to have your say.

The final North East Link Project Action Plan is expected to be presented to Council in March/April 2017.

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