Mayor wants North East Link options removed

Published on 07 August 2017

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Nillumbik Shire Council Mayor Peter Clarke has called on the State Government to immediately remove two possible North East Link routes that are too expensive and have significant environmental impacts to the Shire’s Green Wedge.

Cr Clarke has labelled any future assessments on North East Link Authority’s Corridor C and D as a waste of taxpayer money.

“We call on Premier Daniel Andrews and local members Vicki Ward (Eltham) and Danielle Green (Yan Yean) to stand up for our community and immediately cease investigation into the northern options and reallocate that feasibility money of about $50 million into road congestion remedies in the Eltham Fitzsimmons Lane Corridor,” Cr Clarke said.

“Nillumbik Shire Council is advocating for build Corridor A is approximately half the cost of other options and would not destroy the Green Wedge,” Cr Clarke said.

“Our preferred option along the Greensborough Bypass with tunnels leading to the Eastern Freeway means the road and power line reserves already exist and will lessen or have the least impact on the natural environment.”

“I’m sure residents would prefer to see to see the $50 million Government has set aside for consultation of the other options spent on congestion busting projects throughout the area over the ten years it would take to build the North East Link.

 “Our residents are fed up with waiting for improvements to traffic congestion and have told us that traffic is their number one issue, yet they’re left waiting for any solutions.”

"There is massive growth in the north and many roads are clogged day in day out. We can't wait another decade for this project to become a reality.”

“Option A is the shortest distance to join the Eastern Freeway from the M80, is the most affordable option and will improve travel time and traffic movements.”

Cr Clarke said investment in public transport should also be a priority.

“We need a commitment in the next State Budget to duplicate the Hurstbridge line, redevelop Eltham Station, remove the level crossing in Diamond Street, Eltham, provide a solution to train stabling at Eltham and create a new station at Eltham North.”