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Council supports North East Link options B and C

Published on 10 August 2017

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Yarra Ranges Council’s preferred alignment options for the North East Link are corridors B and C, the 24km corridor connecting the M80 to EastLink and the 26km route also connecting to EastLink.

The North East Link Authority this week released four possible routes to connect

Melbourne’s freeway network between the Metropolitan Ring Road at Greensborough and the Eastern Freeway or EastLink.

Council Director of Environment and Engineering Mark Varmalis said both B and C were preferred routes as they would deliver the best results for the community by supporting Yarra Ranges’ visitor economy of about six million tourists annually and the region’s rural industries.

“Option C provides improved connectivity to the La Trobe business precinct via Diamond Creek Road, the Epping wholesale markets and the airport,” Mr Varmalis said.

“Option B delivers similar benefits to C in providing improved access to connect people with jobs and tourism opportunities.”

Council has been advocating for a Reynolds Road extension to the Maroondah Highway at Chirnside Park for many years. Mr Varmalis said this extension would provide greatly improved connectivity to the Eastern Freeway, if routes B or C were to go ahead.

“The Reynolds Road extension is key to improving accessibility to the Yarra Ranges and while we are pleased to see the extension included in B and C, we would like to see it assessed to be part of option A as well,” Mr Varmalis said.

“Option D has rated less favourable by the North East Link Authority as not many of the accessibility objectives are being met.

“If this option continues to be a viable consideration, we will be asking the authority to consider extending the length of proposed tunneling to reduce any impact on the local amenity of our community.”

He said in-depth consultation would need to be carried out with residents of Kilsyth and Mooroolbark with this option.

"Council looks forward to further engagement with the North East Link Authority as they assess options and develop the preferred alignment," Mr Varmalis said.

North East Link information session

The North East Link Authority is preparing a business case and undertaking community engagement. The authority’s teams will be at information sessions during August to answer questions and hear what people have to say.

Tuesday 22 August, 5pm - 8pm, at Lilydale Senior Citizens Centre - 7 Hardy Street, Lilydale

Thursday 24 August, 5pm - 8pm, at Maroondah Federation Estate - 2 Greenwood Ave, Ringwood

Please RSVP to attend a session

Or leave feedback online at northeastlink.vic.gov.au

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2 comment(s) so far...

Option D is one of the options on the table. But thinking short term I can see why there's an emphasis on A,B,C. In the short term I actually think Option A should be ruled out immediately. But long term B,C,D. In the longer term Option D is going to be an opportunity lost I think. But considering Option D there should be at least the reserve land used for an arterial road from Mt Dandenong Rd to Lilydale to reduce traffic on Hull Rd and Cambridge Rd Croydon/Mooroolbark. So if Option D isn't chosen then the clear choice in my mind is Option C with a further study involving VicRoads to create an arterial road with the reserve land set aside for the Healesville Freeway which has been on the Melways maps and in planning since the sixties.

Paul's Post | 12 September 2017 07:15 PM | Report to moderator

Option C is clearly the way to go. Not sure why option A is even there, it doesn't fix the ring road, and does nothing at all for us. Would probably end up having tolls on the eastern freeway to pay for the widening.

Build C | 06 October 2017 11:14 AM | Report to moderator

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