We’re building Victoria’s longest twin road tunnels with a design that focuses on protecting homes and sensitive environmental areas, including the Yarra River. In response to community feedback, we’ve extended the North East Link tunnels with an extra 1.9km of tunnels dug by tunnel boring machines (TBMs), to create twin 6.5km tunnels.

We’ve been preparing our work sites for tunnelling to start from mid-2024.

At the northern end of the tunnel, we’ll be launching and operating the TBMs near Lenola Street, Macleod, and Winsor Reserve will be used to support construction works and tunnelling. We’ll also be building the new Greensborough Road boulevard from Watsonia to Rosanna, with 5 MCGs of new community parklands at Borlase Reserve in Yallambie near the Lower Plenty Road interchange, which will improve walking and cycling access to the North East Link tunnels.

In Bulleen, we'll be building the Manningham Road interchange, with a new wetland and Indigenous cultural precinct along the banks of the Yarra River, an upgraded Bulleen Road with safer access to schools, playing fields and sports clubs, a tunnel ventilation structure, the new Yarra Link green bridge and Eastern Freeway interchange.

Read our fact sheet TBM tunnelling Watsonia to Bulleen.

Watch a flyover of our tunnel sites

Take a tour of our sites as we work to build North East Link.

Key work sites

Construction activities

We’ll use a number of tunnelling techniques with different equipment to build North East Link.

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