Update - March 2020
In May 2019, we presented four study areas for a future eastern link and asked for your feedback and local knowledge to help identify opportunities and constraints.
We’ve worked through your feedback and are continuing to consult with key stakeholders, including state government departments and agencies, to identify preferred routes which align with other significant projects planned for Bacchus Marsh.
We will return to the community later in 2020 with the preferred routes and ask for your feedback on plans for a specific route.
You can review the summary report of our public and online engagement by selecting the links below.
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The population of Bacchus Marsh and Maddingley is expected to double by 2041. As a result, there is a need to increase land supply for housing and PSP areas have been designated for future communities. A north-south link road would help ease the congestion caused by this significant growth.
The Moorabool Shire Council’s Integrated Transport Strategy and Urban Growth Framework has identified an eastern bypass as key transport infrastructure required to alleviate congestion for Bacchus Marsh.
Previous studies have demonstrated that an eastern link road will divert heavy vehicles and through traffic away from the Bacchus Marsh town centre. The congestion during peak periods in Bacchus Marsh has resulted in a heavy reliance on Gisborne Road/Grant Street to provide north-south access to the Western Freeway.
An eastern link road will also provide an alternative north-south arterial road connection to Gisborne Road/Grant Street. There is currently no funding for construction of an eastern link road.
The planning study will identify alternative route or alignment options that will:
- provide an efficient, safe and direct connection to the Western Freeway for freight transportation between the Port of Geelong, Ballarat, Adelaide and the Calder Freeway
- reduce congestion, improve reliability and reduce travel times, therefore encouraging other modes of transport such as cycling and walking
- improve amenity in the Bacchus Marsh town centre
- improve safety on the existing road.
A steering committee has been established to provide specialist advice on the project. The committee members include representatives from:
- Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DEWLP)
- Department of Transport (Regional Roads Victoria and Transport for Victoria)
- Moorabool Shire Council
- Southern Rural Water (SRW)
- Victorian Planning Authority (VPA)
Have a say
We have gathered feedback from previous community engagement activities, as well as Moorabool’s Integrated Transport Study and Urban Growth Framework, combined with desktop assessments of the area to identify potential route corridors.
In May 2019, we asked you to share your feedback on our four proposed study areas via our interactive map. The map was open for feedback from 7 May until midnight on Sunday 26 May 2019. You can still visit the map to explore our proposed study areas.
We’ve reviewed community feedback and are continuing to consult with key stakeholders. This information will help us identify a preferred alignment for a Bacchus Marsh Eastern Link.
Once the preferred routes are identified, RRV will update the community about next steps in the planning process later in 2020 and seek feedback on plans for a specific route.
Write: Bacchus Marsh Eastern Link Study, P.O. Box 580, Ballarat, 3353