North East Link is the biggest road transport project in Victoria’s history – finally fixing the missing link in Melbourne’s freeway network.

Up to 135,000 vehicles will use North East Link every day, reducing congestion in the north east while maintaining local roads for local trips.

Key benefits of North East Link

Slashing traffic and travel times

  • Slashing travel times between Melbourne’s north and south-east by up to 35 minutes
  • Taking 15,000 trucks off local roads a day
  • Additional lanes on the Eastern Freeway will eliminate some of Melbourne’s worst bottlenecks
  • Seamless trips to Melbourne Airport from Doncaster, Ringwood and beyond
  • Better managing traffic flow through new technology
  • 9000 to 11,000 cars and trucks off Rosanna Road a day

Improving public transport

  • Building Melbourne’s first dedicated busway along the Eastern Freeway
  • Creating a new park and ride at Bulleen
  • Improve access and upgrade car parking at Watsonia station

Creating walking and cycling connections

  • Delivering more than 25 km of new and upgraded walking and cycling paths
  • Upgrading bridges and adding more signalised crossings for walkers and bike riders
  • Completing the North East Bicycle Corridor - a new commuter cycling route to the city along the Eastern Freeway between Chandler Highway and Merri Creek

Growing industry and the economy

  • Creating more than 10,000 jobs
  • $427M annual economic boost from better freight connectivity
  • Access to 56,000 more job opportunities for workers in the north-east