Melbourne - North East Link Project (Freeway)

  Aussie trooper Station Master

As I stated earlier this route is not about getting to the Melbourne CBD but avoiding it.  There is a lot of traffic from the eastern/south eastern suburbs that heads north.  Often because the distances are relatively short or the receiving and sending areas don't have rail freight services it doesn't make sense to have the 2 transfers with the associated delays, costs and environmental impacts (after all forklifts and cranes use energy too).

It also reduces congestion on the Burnley Tunnels, Bolte Bridge etc and provides an alternative when there are issues with the tunnels (remember when they were closed for a week around 2007/8 when there was a fatal accident resulting in a fire which damaged the safety systems and road surface.
That was the goal of the project, but Option A doesn't achieve it. Of the 4 routes, it is the only one that will drastically increase traffic into the CBD. The only area of Melbourne that seems to support this route is Eltham and surrounds, and it's so they can drive to the city. It is predicted to move 20,000 passengers from rail to road.

The backup to the burnley tunnel is also not achieved. The Mullum Mullum tunnels are already at capacity. They cannot function as a backup to Citylink. The interchange at Bulleen it only 2 lanes wide. It would be the narrowest part of the pseudo 'ring road', and will cause a massive bank up of traffic on the Eastern Freeway.

It is also the only route that is almost entirely brownfield construction with no existing easement at all. This means years of massive traffic disruptions. It's the only route that will require regular closures of Greensborough rd - Rosanna rd - Bulleen rd, which is the route that it claims to be 'fixing'.

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  James974 Deputy Commissioner

Hey are you interested hearing my thoughts on the project.

Here it is in video format.

As someone pointed out, there is an excessive use of "now" & "and", this may be unwatchable for some users.

Here is a summary below:
-North East Link route travels near Rail line
-Busway may not be built for future needs, added last minute not built previously
-Traffic could be travel into the Eastern Freeway creating a bottleneck into the city during peak times
-Does provide a possible bypass away from city, useful through the non-peak times
-Rail line to Doncaster may happen or maybe not
-Orbital rail is out of the question
-May cut some communities apart
  Aussie trooper Station Master

The cost is one of the things that concerns people, even if they aren't directly impacted by the freeway itself. $16.5bn is an eye watering amount of money. But that's what happens when you make it an entirely brownfield project, right in the same place as the road has the issue in the first place.
  Aussie trooper Station Master

James, if you were the minister for transport and had been handed a $16.5bn budget, what would you build?
  James974 Deputy Commissioner

James, if you were the minister for transport and had been handed a $16.5bn budget, what would you build?
Aussie trooper
I would personally build the Metro Tunnel 2 instead, that would be the same cost and would help both the north/north east rail lines as well as the west. The benefits of this kinda project would be greater than North East Link (even though has some merit). So many great things about this project the development at Fisherman's bend, add a station in the Fitzroy area, many key interchanges and providing another direct through route into the city.
  Carnot Chief Commissioner
  Aussie trooper Station Master

Another set of reasons to not build this gold-plated traffic sewer:
Before option A was selected, and the price announced, there were far more supporters of this projects than opponents.
That now appears to have reversed. There now seems to be either general apathy, or outright opposition to it.
The only people who seem to want it are those from Eltham and surrounds, who want option A built because they think it stops the ring road being completed, which would go through that area.
  Aussie trooper Station Master

Well that's it. Doncaster rail is gone forever. North East Link is taking the rail easement between Bulleen road and Chandler hwy. They are even putting pylons in it next to Bulleen road.

RIP Doncaster rail. Future generations will miss you.
  Mr. Lane Chief Commissioner

NE link is a no brainer. This is all about linking the Monash to the Hume. It has nothing to do with funnelling more cars into the CBD. Those cars are still gonna get stuck at Hoddle Street...that's a separate problem. This will take a lot of through traffic and trucks out of the North Eastern suburbs. That traffic isn't going to be helped by a Doncaster line.

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