Ministers for the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities The Hon Michael McCormack MP Deputy Prime MinisterMinister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie Minister for Regional ServicesMinister for SportMinister for Local Government and Decentralisation The Hon Alan Tudge MP Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population The Hon Sussan Ley MP Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories The Hon Andrew Broad MP Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Scott Buchholz MP Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport The Hon Barnaby Joyce MPFormer Deputy Prime MinisterFormer Minister for Infrastructure and Transport The Hon Dr John McVeigh MPFormer Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government The Hon Keith Pitt MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Damian Drum MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Senator the Hon Fiona Nash Former Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Darren Chester MP Former Minister for Infrastructure and TransportFormer A/g Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer A/g Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Warren Truss MP Former Deputy Prime Minister Former Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development The Hon Paul Fletcher MP Former Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities The Hon Jamie Briggs MP Former Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

Infrastructure Australia adds North East Link to Priority List

Media Release

AT020/2018

29 October 2018

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.