Melbourne’s first dedicated busway will be built in Doncaster as part of the North East Link project.
The Doncaster Busway will be Victoria’s first, fully separated, high speed bus route that will run from Doncaster to Victoria Park.
Using the median in the Eastern Freeway, buses will be able to travel up to 100km/h unimpeded by traffic, slashing travel times by up to 30 per cent.
The new busway will include two separated bus-only lanes (one each way) that provide direct access to and from Doncaster Park, and Ride and connect to the Victoria Park precinct.
The project will also provide more parking for commuters, with the opportunity to build a future Park and Ride in Bulleen.
Victorian Minister for Public Transport, Jacinta Allan, said the North East Link will provide a massive boost to public transport through Melbourne’s busiest bus corridor.
“Buses will no longer be held up weaving on and off ramps. The Doncaster Busway will create a true express ride down the middle of the Eastern Freeway.”
The Victorian Government’s Streamlining Hoddle Street project will mean further time savings and increased reliability for bus commuters on Melbourne’s busiest bus route.
The North East Link project will start at Springvale Road with a massive overhaul of the Eastern Freeway. The Eastern will remain toll-free.
It will then connect through to the M80 Ring Road through twin tunnels, protecting environmentally sensitive and residential areas above.
North East Link will be Victoria’s biggest ever investment in transport infrastructure and will take more than 15,000 trucks off residential streets in the north east.
The Australian Government has invested over $100 million to improve bus services across Victoria, introducing new routes and more services for Melbourne’s growing suburbs and regional towns.