More than 15,700 pieces of community feedback since 2017, including over 870 submissions on the Environment Effects Statement, have helped lock in the longer tunnel length, interchange designs, where to build new walking and cycling paths and bridges and where to deliver better outcomes for local people and the environment.

Before we get construction underway, we’ll be asking local people what they think about the look and feel of the design for their local area, including new and returned parklands, playgrounds, wetlands, walking and cycling bridges and noise walls.

An Urban Design and Landscape Plan for the North East Link Tunnels from Watsonia to Bulleen and connecting Eastern Freeway Upgrades in Bulleen and Balwyn North was exhibited for comment from 11 to 31 May 2022. You can see the plan on the Engage Victoria website.

We’re now finalising the plan before submitting it to the Minister for Planning for approval. We’ll be sharing a summary of how submissions were considered ahead of major tunnelling construction later this year.

Urban Design and Landscape Plans for the other elements of North East Link will follow as builders for these come on board.