Infrastructure Australia adds North East Link to Priority List

The Coalition Government today welcomed the addition of the North East Link project in Victoria to Infrastructure Australia’s Infrastructure Priority List, a project that has already received $1.75 billion in Federal backing.

Following assessment of the business case, Infrastructure Australia’s board classified the North East Link as a High Priority Project, recognising the significant economic benefits that this project will deliver to Melbourne.

Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population Alan Tudge said this project will help bust congestion across the city.

“The North East Link will keep Victoria moving and significantly slash travel times ensuring that we get people home safer and sooner,” he said.

Mr Tudge also reiterated the Morrison Government’s commitment to the East West Link as an essential project for Victorians.

“The East West Link remains a key priority for the Coalition Government and continues to be ranked as a high priority by Infrastructure Australia,” he said.

The North East Link is expected to deliver trips up to 30 minutes faster between the Eastern Freeway and the M80 Ring Road, and trips along the existing arterial road corridor are expected to see savings of up to 15 minutes.

The project is also expected to deliver travel times up to 30 per cent faster for buses on the Doncaster Busway (on the Eastern Freeway).

It is expected to support more than 10,000 jobs during construction.

The Coalition Government’s $1.75 billion commitment to this project forms part of the over $20 billion committed to Victoria since 2013-14.