Builders will soon complete early works on North East Link, paving the way for major tunnelling construction to start later in 2022.

Between early 2020 and mid 2022, specialist crews have carried out the mammoth task of moving almost 100 above and underground services to make way for North East Link.

The Early Works program involved relocating power, water, gas, sewer and telecommunication services as well as preparing future work sites and building new infrastructure to support the next stage of construction.

To date, crews have relocated:

  • 4km of sewer pipes
  • 2.7km of power lines
  • 1.4km of telecom lines
  • 2.6km of gas pipes
  • 2.6km of water pipes
  • 2 high voltage towers
  • 1 mobile phone tower

Here are some of the highlights from our Early Works program:

Yarra East Main Sewer

Three mini TBMs moved 1.8km of the Yarra East Main Sewer (YEMS) – one of Melbourne’s largest sewer pipes – to the east of Bulleen Road, beneath homes, schools and sports clubs in Bulleen.

Eastern Freeway

We relocated utilities along the Eastern Freeway in Kew East, Balwyn North, Bulleen and Doncaster.

Borlase Reserve

We relocated utilities around Borlase Reserve in Yallambie, including 2.5km of water pipes.

Greensborough Road

We laid over 2.5km of gas pipes and 2km of power lines on Greensborough Road in Macleod at night and restored the road for traffic each morning.

Simpson Barracks

We replaced buildings and services, including transplanting 2 Lone Pines to a new ANZAC Day Service Area, on land provided by the Australian Government in Yallambie.


We moved 2 high-voltage transmission towers, including carefully stringing live power lines over Greensborough Highway and the Hurstbridge line, and a mobile phone tower in Watsonia.