Palmers Road Corridor (Western Freeway to Calder Freeway)

We're planning to provide a north-south transport link in Melbourne's west.

Project update

We've undertaken detailed planning for the Environment Effects Statement (EES) and the Planning Scheme Amendment (PSA) processes to enable the reservation of land for the Palmers Road Corridor from the Western Freeway to the Calder Freeway.

Project Status

The aim of the Project is to provide a high standard north-south transport link in Melbourne’s west. The western suburbs of Melbourne are experiencing significant growth in residential development and employment. This expansion places pressure on the existing road networks and must be supported by suitable transport infrastructure. The Project would provide a high level of accessibility in these areas, and will assist in the reduction of traffic through local streets and residential areas.

The Project would provide a link between the Western Freeway, Western Highway, Melton Highway and Calder Freeway. The Palmers Road Corridor is to be progressively upgraded to an ultimate six-lane divided carriageway arterial road to deliver significant road safety, capacity and efficiency benefits in response to the projected traffic volumes in a rapidly growing area in Melbourne’s west.

Environment Effects Statement and Planning Scheme Amendments

The EES Main Report and Technical Reports together with Amendment C157 to the Brimbank Planning Scheme, Amendment C143 to the Melton Planning Scheme were placed on public exhibition from 30 July 2015 until 31 August 2015. 

A public hearing regarding the Environment Effects Statement and the Planning Scheme Amendments for the Palmers Road Corridor project, including the Calder Freeway/ Calder Park Drive interchange, concluded on 29 October 2015. The Inquiry/Panel report to the Minister for Planning was released on 20 January 2016. The Minister for Planning released the assessment of the environmental effects in March. VicRoads is considering the Minister's Assessment of the environmental effects and the Inquiry/Panel Report. VicRoads will then submit the planning scheme amendments to the Minister for Planning for approval. 

The Planning Scheme Amendment documents can be accessed by visiting the following web site:

Brimbank Amendment C157
Melton Amendment C143
Minister's 2016 Assessment report 

Project background

The Project involves reserving a 16 kilometre long and 40-60 metres wide corridor for the future development of a continuous north south arterial road from the Western Freeway to the Calder Freeway. This corresponds with and connects the corridors of existing local roads: Robinsons Road, Westwood Drive and Calder Park Drive. The Project is located in the Cities of Brimbank and Melton as shown in Figure 1.

The Project will ultimately involve construction of a six-lane divided road (i.e. three-lanes in each direction), with off-road shared bicycle and pedestrian facilities on both sides of the road. Two existing railway crossings would be removed, one at the Melbourne-Bendigo rail line crossing with Calder Park Drive and another at the Melbourne-Ballarat rail line with Robinsons Road. Two bridges would be constructed over Kororoit Creek and a raised interchange constructed at the Calder Freeway.

The upgrade of the Palmers Road Corridor has been identified as a long term Project to be implemented in stages, with the initial Kororoit Creek bridge and Calder Freeway interchange planned to occur in the short term. Melton City Council proposes to construct the initial three-lane Kororoit Creek bridge in the near future.

Figure 1- Palmers Road EES Locality plan [PDF 1.4Mb]

More Information

If you experience any problems accessing any documents and require assistance please contact VicRoads by email [email protected]

Summary Brochure 

Palmers Road EES Summary Brochure July 2015 [PDF 3Mb]

Environment Effects Statement

Palmers Road Corridor EES Volume 1 [PDF 14.6Mb]

EES Volume 2

Volume 2 Amendment C157 Brimbank Planning Scheme [PDF 13.6Mb] 
Volume 2 Amendment C143 Melton Planning Scheme [PDF 15.8Mb]
Volume 2 Cross Sections [PDF 926Kb] 
Volume 2 Key Map for design drawings [PDF 959Kb]
Volume 2 design drawings sheet 2 to 20 [PDF 9.1Mb]
Volume 2 design drawings sheet 21 to 45 [PDF 12.4Mb]
Volume 2 Longitudinals [PDF 1.1Mb]

Technical Appendix

A - Palmers Road Corridor Preliminary Assessment of Alternatives and Draft Study Program [PDF 3Mb]
B -Palmers Rd Corridor Traffic Modelling [PDF 7Mb]
C - Palmers Road Corridor Access Management [PDF 4Mb]
D - Palmers Road Corridor EES Traffic Noise Assessment [PDF 12Mb]
E - Palmers Road Corridor Air Quality Assessments [PDF 2.6Mb]
F - Palmers Road Corridor EES Social Impact Assessment [PDF 3Mb]
G - Palmers Road Corridor Palmers Road Corridor EES Land Use Planning Report [PDF 8.7Mb] 
H - Palmers Road EES Landscape & Visual Impact Assessment Volume 1 [PDF 7Mb] 
H - Palmers Road EES Landscape & Visual Impact Assessment Volume 2 [PDF 20Mb] 
I - Palmers Road Corridor - Flora and Fauna Assessment and Biodiversity Offset Analysis [PDF 14.5Mb] 
J - Palmers Road Corridor EES Surface Water Desktop Assessment [PDF 888Kb] 
K - Palmers Road Corridor Draft Cultural Heritage Management Plan Public Release Version [PDF 437Kb]  
L - Palmers Road Historic Archaeology and Cultural Heritage [PDF 13Mb]

More details about the EES and PSA processes are available on the following websites:

EES - Department of Transport, Planning and Local Infrastructure (External link)
PSA - Department of Transport, Planning and Local Infrastructure (External link)


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