Yes. North East Link will be funded by a combination of government contributions and tolls. North East Link will be tolled but there will be no new tolls on existing routes. This includes no tolls to use the Eastern Freeway, Greensborough Highway/Bypass and the M80 Ring Road.
Tolling points and prices for North East Link have not yet been finalised. Prices are expected to be in line with other tolls around metropolitan Melbourne.
We have been working hard to minimise acquisition as much as possible. We’ve been able to bring acquisition numbers down to 36 residential homes and around 100 businesses and our landowner team is working closely with affected owners and businesses.
Property acquisition is an important but difficult part of projects like North East Link.
After almost 2 years of planning work, in 2019 the project managed to almost halve the number of homes that will be acquired from 75 to 36 homes.
Up to 100 businesses, many in the Bulleen Industrial Zone, are being acquired to enable the construction of North East Link. Our landowner engagement team is continuing to work closely with these businesses and provide them with support throughout the acquisition process.
We are committed to respecting the privacy of people affected by acquisition and will not be releasing a list of affected properties. If you are concerned about your property, please get in touch on 1800 105 105.
Yes. A Voluntary Purchase Scheme for North East Link was recommended by the Minister for Planning as part of approvals for the project, particularly for property owners near Borlase Reserve, Yallambie due to construction impacts.
A Voluntary Purchase Scheme is now in place for residents near Borlase Reserve and eligible residents have been contacted by the North East Link Project.
Voluntary purchase will also be available at a later date for property owners most affected by the final project design and potentially in other areas near major construction sites.
Any decision for property owners to sell their home to the State Government is entirely voluntary.
Information about eligibility will be confirmed once the preferred builder, detailed design and construction program are known. For now, the Voluntary Purchase Scheme is only available to Borlase Reserve residents.
Traffic modelling shows that there will be no increase in traffic in the Hoddle Street grid as a result of North East Link.
A small number of vehicles are predicted to use North East Link to access the city, but these won’t be new trips. They would be vehicles already using arterial roads (such as Lower Heidelberg Road) to get to the city that would redistribute onto North East Link and an upgraded Eastern Freeway to take advantage of faster travel times.