OMR/E6 frequently asked questions

The Outer Metropolitan Ring/E6 transport corridor project will have many implications. This page includes a list of frequently asked questions.

Owners and occupiers

1. How can I find out if land I own or occupy is affected by the project?

If you are a land owners and occupier in Melbourne's west and north-west who believes that you may be affected by the project, you are encouraged to do the following.

  • Check whether your land is in the proposed transport corridor, by conducting a Melbourne Planning Property Report at Melbourne Planning Maps Online (External link). You can enter the property address, and select to view the free Planning Property Report.
  • The Planning Property Report will also tell you whether your land is affected by the other projects which are included in the Delivering Melbourne's newest Sustainable Communities package.
  • Please email [email protected] to have copies of the maps, reports and supporting information posted to you. View a map of the route for the transport corridor.

2. Can the Government compulsorily acquire my property?

If your property has a Public Acquisition Overlay over all or part of your property, then that part of your property within the Public Acquisition Overlay can be compulsorily acquired. When the Government approves the construction of the project, the land will be compulsorily acquired in accordance with the provisions of the Land Acquisition and Compensation Act 1986 (External link). Where land needs to be acquired, compensation would be made in accordance with this Act. However, it is important to note that land will only be acquired when it is needed for construction, which is unlikely to get underway before 2030.

3. If my property is directly affected, what compensation is payable to me now that the proposed route of the Transport Corridor is public?

In exceptional circumstances, if a land owner is suffering hardship as a direct result of the route, and the owners have unsuccessfully attempted to sell the property by auction on the open market, consideration may be given to purchasing the property.

4. If my property is directly affected, what compensation is payable to me once a reservation is in place for the Transport Corridor?

Now that the route is finalised in Council Planning Schemes, compensation may be available if you suffer a loss on the sale of your property. Compensation may also be payable if you apply for a planning permit to develop your land and it is refused on the basis that the land is required for a public purpose. You should discuss any prospective claim of this nature with an officer from VicRoads’ Property Services as conditions apply.

5. What happens if I live near or next to the transport corridor but my land is not directly affected?

The Land Acquisition and Compensation Act 1986 (External link) provides compensation for those directly affected or whose properties would lose road access. For neighbouring properties, VicRoads may provide assistance to restore access or negotiate consolidation of adjacent properties, where needed.

General Project Information

6. What is the purpose of this transport corridor?

The Outer Metropolitan Ring/E6 Transport Corridor will be a 100 kilometre high-speed transport link for people and freight in Melbourne’s west and north, creating road and transport links between Werribee, Melton, Tullamarine, Craigieburn/Mickleham and Epping/Thomastown. Once complete, it will serve key international transport hubs; better link residential and employment growth areas to the north and west of Melbourne; and provide for the development of employment corridors in Avalon, Werribee, Melton and Mickleham.

7. What did the planning study cover?

This planning study has considered what land reservations will need to be created for a:

  • possible route for the Outer Metropolitan Ring Transport Corridor to link the Princes Freeway near Werribee to the Hume Freeway north of Craigieburn
  • potential link from the Metropolitan Ring Road at Thomastown to the Outer Metropolitan Ring Transport Corridor at the Hume Freeway using, in part, the existing E6 reservation
  • potential east-west connection from the Deer Park Bypass to the Outer Metropolitan Ring Transport Corridor at Mount Cottrell.
  • the possibility of a link from the Tullamarine Freeway to the Outer Metropolitan Ring Transport Corridor will be investigated in the future.

8. What consultation has already taken place?

The Outer Metropolitan Ring/E6 Transport Corridor planning study has covered a very large study area in order to develop a proposed route. A wide range of different options for the transport corridor were considered. VicRoads has been working closely with councils and other government agencies to understand any environmental, economic, social or other issues that might arise from the transport corridor proposal.

We consulted with the community regarding the proposed alignment and affected property owners and occupiers were also consulted. The Victorian Government sought public and community submissions on the proposed route for this project from 17 June to 17 July 2009. Following the consideration of public submissions, a number of alignment options at different locations were displayed for public comment during August/September 2009. Information has been available on the VicRoads website since 2008.

9. What work has been done in planning the route for the transport corridor?

The Minister for Planning approved a Planning Scheme Amendment that, in part, revised the Urban Growth Boundary, and applied Public Acquisition Overlays for the Regional Rail Link and Outer Metropolitan Ring / E6 Transport Corridors. Following the passage of the Growth Areas Infrastructure Contribution legislation, the Minister for Planning sought and obtained Parliamentary ratification of Amendment VC68 which was gazetted on 6 August 2010 and put in place public acquisition overlays to establish the proposed 15,000 ha grassland reserve, the Regional Rail Link and the Outer Metropolitan Ring / E6 Transport Corridor.

10. What sort of transport corridor is it going to be?

The investigation has looked at the proposed Outer Metropolitan Ring Transport Corridor link as a freeway standard road and high standard rail corridor and the E6 as ultimately being a freeway standard road, to provide the highest levels of safety and the most efficient method of moving people and freight.

11. What forms of rail did the study consider?

The study has looked at the provision for freight rail and inter regional or inter-city passenger rail for the Outer Metropolitan Ring Transport / E6 Corridor.

12. Has the transport corridor be designed to carry buses?

Yes, the reservation will be wide enough to cater for bus facilities.

13. How long will the transport corridor be?

The Victorian Government is proposing that the Outer Metropolitan Ring Transport Corridor be approximately 70 km long, and the E6 be approximately 23 km long. The East-West connection between the Deer Park Bypass and the Outer Metropolitan Ring Transport Corridor is approximately 7 km long.

14. When will the road and railway be built?

Works along this corridor is unlikely to start before 2030, however land is reserved to meet Victoria's future transport needs.

15. How much will the road/rail cost?

The costs will be dependent on the route selected, and the construction costs at the time the project starts.

16. Is it going to be a toll road?

At this stage, the investigation has been to determine the route so that the land can be reserved.

17. Will the road have noise barriers?

The need for noise barriers will be determined closer to construction and in accordance with VicRoads Traffic Noise Reduction Policy.

18. What are the next steps?

We will undertake a study for a connection between the Outer Metropolitan Ring and the Tullamarine Freeway at Melbourne Airport in the future. We’ll also undertake an Environmental Impact Assessment at a future date, that will assist VicRoads to gain the necessary further planning approvals for the OMR/E6 Transport Corridor. Construction on this proposed project is not expected to start before 2030. However, it is crucial we plan ahead so we can continue to meet the transport needs of our growing communities.

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