Council advocating for complementary North East Link projects

Published on 01 September 2017

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Nillumbik Shire Councillors have voted this week to call on the State Government to dump pursuing two costly and environmentally damaging North East Link corridor options.

North East Link unveiled four corridor options linking the Metropolitan Ring Road and the Eastern Freeway last month.

The Mayor Peter Clarke said removing Corridor C and D from discussions would protect the Shire’s Green Wedge from environmental impacts while redirecting around $50 million in funding to complementary projects to address short to medium-term traffic and public transport needs.

“The council certainly supports the North East Link project which will mean residents will spend less time on the road and more time with their families,” Cr Clarke said.

“Council is advocating for building Corridor A which is approximately half the cost of other options and would not destroy the Green Wedge.

“North East Link’s own traffic data along with estimated costs for all corridors would suggest Corridor A is the clear choice which is consistent with community feedback. It also has the least environmental impact on our iconic Green Wedge.”

Council modelling shows that Corridor A has the most improvement to the Shire’s congested roads such as Fitzsimons Lane.

Chair of Council’s Environment and Sustainability Committee and Blue Lake Ward Councillor Grant Brooker said Council will continue to advocate for a number of congestion busting projects in conjunction with the North East Link.

 “No single corridor will solve the wider congestion problems facing North Eastern Melbourne so it’s equally important that we also pursue and advocate for complementary road and public transport projects,” Cr Brooker said.

“We will also strongly advocate for public transport solutions. We want to see an additional railway station at Allendale Road and upgrades to Diamond Creek and Eltham Stations along with additional bus services throughout the entire Shire.”

The Mayor also noted he had written to the Federal Government seeking to form a Infrastructure Working Group to assess complementary road projects and look to utilise some of the $15 million funding allocated to the North East Link feasibility study that was rejected by the State Government earlier this year.