Geelong Ring Road Extension Bellarine Link Planning Study

We’re planning for the extension of the Geelong Ring Road to the Bellarine Peninsula to reduce congestion and traffic delays and improve efficiency for freight.

Project background

The Geelong Ring Road Extension - Bellarine Link is a proposed road which will provide a connection between the Geelong Ring Road / Baanip Boulevard, and the Bellarine Peninsula. 

Victoria continues to have the fastest population growth in the country, and the Armstrong Creek precinct is the largest growth area outside of metropolitan Melbourne.

This growth has resulted in increased congestion on the road network and the Geelong central business area. Key arterial routes are already experiencing congestion, resulting in traffic delays and poor efficiency for freight.

Project details

The Victorian Government has committed $4million for planning an extension of the Geelong Ring Road to the Bellarine Peninsula. 

We’re is working hard to develop an alignment that suits the future needs of residents and businesses, as well as tourists and the freight industry. Community consultation is an essential part of this process.  

As part of the planning study, we'll engage consultants to investigate environmental impacts, traffic management, cultural heritage, social and land use. 

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Planning phase *
Phase 1 - complete
Initial planning and investigations
  • Understand community views on the proposed Bellarine Link 
  • Investigate overall land and road use in the area 
  • Identify potential issues and impacts
Phase 2 - complete
Develop corridor options
  • Understand community views on what’s important to them in this project 
  • Undertake detailed technical investigations
  • Develop corridor options
Phase 3 - underway
Refine options, develop draft design

  • Present corridor options to the community and collect feedback to help refine options and develop mitigation measures
  • Confirm what planning studies need to be done  and continue discussions with the community
  • Develop draft design
Phase 4 - Early 2018
Select a preferred option and approvals

  • Participate in the Planning Scheme Amendment process – a formal government planning process to reserve a corridor in the Local Environmental Plans
  • Present proposals to the community and stakeholders and collect feedback  to inform planning approvals
  • Confirm details of the proposed upgrade
 * Dates are indicative only and subject to change


Bellarine Link Phase 1 Community Consultation Summary [PDF 779 Kb]

Bellarine Link Technical Summary Report [PDF 751 Kb]

Bellarine Link Technical Investigation Report [PDF 870 Kb] 

Community involvement

In August we held two Community Information Sessions to gather feedback and answer your questions about the four proposed corridor options.

These sessions helped us to better understand how each of the options would affect community members and road users on their journey through the area. Community input helps us to focus our detailed planning studies to more accurately reflect local views before developing a draft design.

We also invited the community to provide feedback through our online engagement tool engageVicRoads.Feedback was also able to be provided through or online engagement tool engageVicRoads. The tool is now closed for comment, however you can still view all comments from both stages by visiting the engageVicRoads site.

We thank the community for your input and will continue to keep you informed of the progress of our business case.

What happens next?

  • We’ll review all comments and submit a recommendation to government.
  • A summary of community and stakeholder feedback will be posted on this page
  • We'll include both community feedback reports in our recommendations to government.

Contact us

If you'd like more information or have any questions, please get in touch.

Call:    5225 2596
[email protected]


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