North East Link planning needed now says RACV

Victoria’s leading transport advocate RACV says it is pleased the final report outlining Infrastructure Victoria’s $100b plan for the state has confirmed the North East Link is a top priority.

The report tabled in state parliament today said the North East Link, to connect the Metropolitan Ring Road and the Eastern Freeway, should be completed within 10-15 years, and that the detailed assessment of potential routes needed to be done first.

RACV General Manager Public Policy, Brian Negus said the completion of the Metropolitan Ring Road from Greensborough to East Link has long been RACV’s top priority road transport and infrastructure project.

“This project is a critical part of RACV’s overall road and public transport agenda to improve liveability and economic development for all Victorians.

“It is the “missing link” in Melbourne’s ring road system and will dramatically help reduce the cities crippling traffic congestion problems.

“It will also connect the freight centre around Dandenong and the agricultural centres in Gippsland with the Hume Freeway, and other interstate corridors.

“RACV wants to see the State Government move quickly to fast-track the formative planning and detailed studies for this vital piece of infrastructure. It is a road of national significance and we urge the Government to engage with the Federal Government, given the strong support it has stated for this missing link.”

Mr Negus welcomed the other transport commitments in the report, including the rail line to Melbourne Airport, improvements to outer metro roads and buses and extension of the smart bus network, saying they aligned with many of the priority transport projects and initiatives put forward by RACV over a number of years.

Written by Lynette Keogh, RACV Public Affairs, 9790 2572
December 08, 2016