Melbourne outer northern suburbs to CBD capacity upgrade

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Melbourne outer northern suburbs access to CBD
Priority Initiative
Melbourne, Vic
Fast-growing cities
Urban Congestion
Problem/Opportunity timeframe
Longer term (10-15 years)
Proposed By
Infrastructure Australia identified initiative
Date added to the IPL
17 February 2016


The 2015 Australian Infrastructure Audit noted that by 2031 the Hume Freeway would become the most congested corridor in Victoria, with a total delay cost of around $172 million per year. The Audit also projects that demand for rail transit in the corridor, on the Craigieburn Line, will exceed capacity by a factor of four by 2031. In the absence of transport capacity improvements, the Audit indicates that daily vehicle movements on the Hume Freeway would grow from 43,100 in 2011 to 107,400 by 2031, making the rail line the most crowded in Melbourne.

Traffic demand growth along the corridor is expected to be driven by population and employment growth in the area. Victorian Government projections indicate that population in the corridor is expected to almost double between 2015 and 2031, while the Northern Growth Corridor Plan indicates the corridor has the capacity to accommodate between 83,000 and 105,000 new jobs.

Proposed initiative

Develop options to address demand for transport services in the corridor.

Next steps

Proponent to be identified.