North East Link will finally fix the missing link in Melbourne’s freeway network between the Ring Road in Greensborough and an upgraded Eastern Freeway in Bulleen.

But this massive program of work is more than just Victoria’s biggest ever road project. We’re bringing 5 big projects together changing the way people move around Melbourne by road, bus and bike.

Construction on North East Link is already well underway, with our massive early works program realigning the Yarra East main sewer using 3 mini-TBMs, and work is almost complete to relocate more than 34km of gas water, sewer pipes, drains, and over 96 other utilities to make way for North East Link. We’ve also upgraded a number of local sports facilities and are fast-tracking construction of the new Bulleen Park & Ride – the first piece of the new Eastern Express Busway.

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

The other elements of North East Link will start being taken out to market progressively from 2022, with the timing for detailed design and construction carefully staged so the whole project can open around the same time in 2027/2028, bringing all the pieces of North East Link together.

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