Construction on North East Link is already well underway – our early works program is almost complete, relocating nearly 100 above and underground services to make way for North East Link.

We've also upgraded a number of local sports facilities and construction of the new Bulleen Park & Ride – the first piece of the new Eastern Express Busway – will be complete by the end of 2022.

The contract to build the North East Link Tunnels was awarded to the Spark consortium in late 2021 and the Urban Design and Landscape Plan for the tunnels was on public exhibition from 11 to 31 May 2022.

Major work to prepare for tunnelling is now underway with site compounds being set up from Watsonia to Bulleen.

The other elements of North East Link have started going out to market progressively this year, with the timing for detailed design and construction carefully staged so the whole project can open in 2028, bringing all the pieces of North East Link together.

Project design

Key benefits of North East Link

North East Link Tunnels

  • 6.5km tunnels with parklands, wetlands and a new-look Greensborough Road boulevard above
  • 3 interchanges at Lower Plenty Road, Manningham Road and the Eastern Freeway

Ring Road Completion

  • 5 new lanes with smart technology
  • 2 green bridges at Elder Street and Watsonia Road
  • new multi-level car parking at Watsonia Station

Eastern Freeway Upgrades

  • 11 minutes slashed between Springvale Road and Hoddle Street
  • 45km+ of new and upgraded lanes where they’re needed most
  • 6 express lanes for faster, smoother trips between Middleborough Road and Chandler Highway

Eastern Express Busway

  • 11km dedicated bus lanes from Doncaster to the city
  • 100km/h travel speeds
  • a bus on average every minute during the peak
  • new Bulleen Park & Ride and upgraded Doncaster Park & Ride

North East Trail

  • 34km+ of new and upgraded walking and cycling paths in 16 suburbs
  • 40 new and upgraded bridges crossings
  • 8 main trails linked to create 100km of continuous trail around Melbourne

Growing industry and the economy

  • creating more than 10,000 jobs