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In 2017 we got North East Link underway by identifying where it will be built.

Since then, we've completed more than a year of intensive technical and planning studies and have now released an Environment Effects Statement (EES) to help inform planning approvals in Victoria.

The EES is on exhibition for public comment from 10 April - 7 June 2019.

A draft Public Environment Report (PER) is also on exhibition for public comment from 16 April - 30 May 2019. This will help inform Commonwealth approval under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act).

You can use this page to ask us a question about the project. You can also see what questions other people have asked and read our response.

Please note that questions or comments posted on this page cannot be considered as submissions for the EES or PER.

To make a submission for the EES, please visit engage.vic.gov.au/north-east-link-project. Submissions close at 5 pm 7 June 2019.

To make a submission for the PER, please visit jointheconversation.northeastlink.vic.gov.au/epbc. Submissions close at 5 pm 30 May 2019.

In 2017 we got North East Link underway by identifying where it will be built.

Since then, we've completed more than a year of intensive technical and planning studies and have now released an Environment Effects Statement (EES) to help inform planning approvals in Victoria.

The EES is on exhibition for public comment from 10 April - 7 June 2019.

A draft Public Environment Report (PER) is also on exhibition for public comment from 16 April - 30 May 2019. This will help inform Commonwealth approval under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act).

You can use this page to ask us a question about the project. You can also see what questions other people have asked and read our response.

Please note that questions or comments posted on this page cannot be considered as submissions for the EES or PER.

To make a submission for the EES, please visit engage.vic.gov.au/north-east-link-project. Submissions close at 5 pm 7 June 2019.

To make a submission for the PER, please visit jointheconversation.northeastlink.vic.gov.au/epbc. Submissions close at 5 pm 30 May 2019.


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  • Can you advise what the “proposed boundary - surface works” means with regard to Ilma Court Bulleen

    mf asked 6 days ago

    Hi MF,

    The proposed project boundary shows the area where permanent structures and temporary above and below ground work sites would be located.

    The proposed project boundary for surface works is shown as a solid red line on the construction plan.

    The project boundary for underground works and minor works are shown as red dashed lines.

    The builders would be required work within the project boundary and to minimise the footprint of any works within it.

    Works within the project boundary near Ilma Court would include realigning a main sewer line, upgrading Bulleen Road and building the North East Link tunnels.

    If you have any questions about this area of the project, you can post more on this website, or give our team a call on 1800 105 105.

    Kind regards

    The North East Link team


  • Will the current Doncaster Park n Ride be relocated or affected?

    Jase baby asked 8 days ago

    Hi Jase,

    Thanks for getting in touch. Doncaster Park and Ride would be upgraded to a multi-level facility with current parking capacity maintained.

    The Park and Ride would need to be relocated for around two-three years during construction. The most likely location would be on the opposite side of the Eastern Freeway.

    The temporary relocation would maintain existing levels of available parking for commuters. Separate places would be provided for construction staff parking.

    We expect that getting in and out of the temporary Park and Ride could increase bus travel time by up to three minutes.

    More information is available in the Traffic and transport chapter of the Environment Effects Statement, including on page 61 and 62, on our website here http://northeastlink.vic.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0007/364093/NELP-EES-Chapter-09-Traffic-and-transport.pdf.

    You can also find information about the EES process and how to make a submission so your views can be considered in planning approvals decisions here http://northeastlink.vic.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0007/365173/Fact-Sheet-Navigating-the-EES-April-19.pdf

    Kind regards

    The North East Link team


  • How Is Your Stuff Affecting Das Enviroment Gluten Tag

    Gerhmaen Beer Gluten Taggen asked 10 days ago

    Hallo Gerhmaen,

    We've assessed environmental effects across 18 study topics. You can read more on our website here https://northeastlink.vic.gov.au/environment/environment-effects-statement-ees.

    We recommend you start with the Summary Report here https://northeastlink.vic.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0004/364072/NELP-EES-Summary-report.pdf

    Kind regards

    The North East Link team

  • Hi there, we were wondering if the Bulleen Heights, autism school will be affected by this? It is on Mannigham Rd, Bulleen.

    JHC asked 13 days ago

    Hi JHC,

    Thanks for getting in touch. The school is outside the project boundary and would not be directly affected.

    If you use Manningham Road to travel to and from the school, it’s likely you will experience some disruptions around the construction site to build the Manningham Road interchange such as transport disruptions, truck movements to and from work sites, noise and dust.

    We’ll planning to place requirements on the project builders to manage and minimise these kinds of disruptions.

    Once the project is built and operating we’re expecting around 13,300 fewer vehicles to use Manningham/Banksia Road a day, including around 3,000 fewer trucks.

    The intersections between Manningham Road/Bulleen Road/Thompsons Road are also expected to perform significantly better with queuing and delays reduced.

    If you are interested to read more about transport disruptions during construction and changes to traffic volumes and performance once the project is built and operating, information is available in Chapter 9 of the project Environment Effects Statement here http://northeastlink.vic.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0007/364093/NELP-EES-Chapter-09-Traffic-and-transport.pdf

    Kind regards

    The North East Link team


  • Is there any consideration for a park and ride at the chandler highway?

    JST asked 15 days ago

    Thanks for the question JST,

    Our current modelling shows there isn't sufficient demand for a park and ride at Chandler Highway, but this is something that could possibly be considered in the future and delivered as a separate project.

    Bus services in the area would be able to enter and exit the busway at Chandler Highway. This means people could catch a bus close to home and still use the busway for their trip.

    Kind regards

    The North East Link team

  • Can you please provide further detail as to where the Doncaster busway will be located between Chandler Hwy and Burke Rd? Will it impact Willsmere Park and the houses next to the freeway in Willow Grove?

    Angela asked 15 days ago

    Hi Angela,

    You can view a map of the proposed location for the busway on our website here http://northeastlink.vic.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0019/364240/NELP-EES-Map-book-Horizontal-Alignment-Plans-Part-2.pdf

    Homes on Willsmere Road would not be directly impacted however it is likely you would experience some disruptions during construction. These would be managed through a range of requirements placed on the project builders across areas such as noise and dust.

    We’re also planning to build a shared use path under Belford Road so riders and walkers can avoid the steep hill and new noise walls to protect residents from traffic noise.

    The project boundary for surface works you can see in the Map Book near Willsmere Road allows for the freeway upgrades, the busway, the shared use path and the noise walls to be built.

    If you are interested to chat to our team, we’re hosting information sessions this week. Details are on our website here http://northeastlink.vic.gov.au/environment/environment-effects-statement-ees/community-events

    Kind regards

    The North East Link team


  • Question 1 Sections of the Eastern Freeway have very high light towers (Hoddle to Burke) which generate significant light spill to adjacent properties. Has this been assessed (from a compliance perspective) and is it likely to be improved as part of the project? Question 2 Will the heights of existing noise walls be increased where deemed non compliant or is this not part of the scope of the project? Will acoustic relief be considered for public open space? If so, where?

    Jarrod asked 16 days ago

    Hi Jarrod,

    Thanks for the questions. Lighting for the final, detailed project design would be designed to meet Environmental Performance Requirements and be guided by an Urban Design Strategy developed for the project. Both of these are on display for public comment as part of the Environment Effects Statement (EES).

    Lighting for the final, detailed design would be designed and installed in accordance with relevant standards, including but not limited to Australian Standard (AS) 4282-1997 Control of the obtrusive effects of outdoor lighting, and be designed to carefully consider impacts to sensitive adjacent land uses.

    The project Urban Design Strategy recognises that the existing mast lights on the Eastern Freeway form part of the original design intent and current identity of the freeway.

    It encourages the builders, where the lights cannot be retained, to relocate them on the Eastern Freeway as part of the new lighting design. If reuse is not possible, the builders would be encouraged to consider a design for replacement lighting that draws on the original mast light design.

    The Environmental Performance Requirements for lighting design can be viewed on our website in Chapter 27 of the EES here http://northeastlink.vic.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0016/364111/NELP-EES-Chapter-27-Environmental-management-framework.pdf.

    The Urban Design Strategy can be viewed here http://northeastlink.vic.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0011/364088/NELP-EES-Attachment-II-Urban-Design-Strategy.pdf

    North East Link would apply a noise standard of 63 decibels to protect residents and other noise sensitive buildings such as schools along the project alignment from traffic noise.

    Where needed, existing noise walls would be upgraded or new noise walls built. Noise walls would be built to cover open spaces in locations where needed to protect residents or noise sensitive buildings. 

    The EES Project Map book shows locations for proposed new walls and where existing noise walls would be upgraded. You can view this online here http://northeastlink.vic.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0019/364240/NELP-EES-Map-book-Horizontal-Alignment-Plans-Part-2.pdf

    If you are interested in making a submission to an independent committee so your views can be considered in planning approvals decisions for the project, more information is available here http://northeastlink.vic.gov.au/environment/environment-effects-statement-ees/how-to-make-a-submission

    Kind regards

    The North East Link team


  • Can you advise what the “proposed boundary - surface works” means with regard to Sandra Street Bulleen

    Lindaspc asked 28 days ago

    Hi Lindaspc,

    Thanks for getting in touch. For Sandra Street, Bulleen, the proposed project boundary allows potential for the builders to move utility services, complete drainage works and reseal pavements if required and possible temporary access to Manningham Club during construction. These would not be major works and would be temporary only.

    Kind regards

    The North East Link team


  • How will this impact the grassland infront of borlase st near the lower plenty rd.

    wuzi88 asked 19 days ago

    Hi wuzi88,

    Thanks for getting in touch. You can see the reference project assessed for an Environment Effects Statement (EES) in our Map Book here http://northeastlink.vic.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0020/364241/NELP-EES-Map-book-Key-Map-and-Horizontal-Alignment-Plans-Part-1.pdf

    The interchange at Lower Plenty Road during construction and once the reference project is built and operating is shown on sheets 14 and 15.

    The reference design in the Map Book is not the final project design. It is one feasible way the project could be designed, constructed and operated.

    Planning approvals, design work for the project and consultation with communities and stakeholders is still ongoing and components of the project design could change.

    There are opportunities for you to make a submission on the EES to have your views considered in planning approvals decisions for the project.

    If you would like to talk to our team about this area of the project and how to make a submission, our Community Information Hub at Watsonia Shops is open Monday – Saturday.

    We’ll also be hosting a drop-in information session where you can talk to specialists about a broad range of topics this Saturday.

    Details are on our website here http://northeastlink.vic.gov.au/environment/environment-effects-statement-ees/community-events

    Kind regards

    The North East Link team


  • Your facing picture of the Eastern Freeway on this website shows a significantly wider freeway footprint with the express lanes and other new lanes. How far does this wider footprint extend e.g from Middleborough Rd all the way to Chandler Highway and further west? Is there land acquisition required either from private sources or current crown land and sporting facilities in the area from Bourke Rd in an easterly direction toward the city ?

    Michael M asked 20 days ago

    Thanks for the question Michael M,

    We’re planning to upgrade the Eastern Freeway between Springvale Road and Hoddle Street.

    The number of new lanes, and the type of upgrades needed, along this length changes. In some locations 2-3 extra lanes would be added. In others, an extra 6-8 lanes would be added to help separate vehicles travelling to different destinations, streamlining traffic flow and easing congestion caused by merging and weaving.

    You can see the reference project assessed for an Environment Effects Statement (EES) on our website on our website here http://northeastlink.vic.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0019/364240/NELP-EES-Map-book-Horizontal-Alignment-Plans-Part-2.pdf

    Where possible, we have kept the freeway upgrades within the existing road reserve to minimise acquisition. There are some locations where we would need to step outside the road reserve.

    Information about property acquisition and public open space is described in Chapter 8 – Project description in Section 8.10 and Section 8.11 here http://northeastlink.vic.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0004/364081/NELP-EES-Chapter-08-Project-description.pdf

    If you would like to see print copies of the Map Book and Project description and to talk to our team, we’re hosting information sessions this week. Details are on our website here http://northeastlink.vic.gov.au/environment/environment-effects-statement-ees/community-events

    Kind regards

    The North East Link team


  • I had a look at the "shaded studied area" for the proposed tunnel- is that accurate? We are planning to buy a property on Kambea Crescent, Viewbank and according to the map, it is out of the zone of the proposed tunnel. Is that a correct assumption? Where will the exhaust towers be located? I assume it'll be well away from any housing areas. Thank you.

    Nelson asked 23 days ago

    Thanks for the question Nelson,

    The reference project assessed in the EES shows an indicative alignment for the tunnels and a project boundary for underground works.

    The indicative tunnel alignment and project boundary for underground works in relation to Kambea Street, Yallambie is shown in detail on Sheet 16 of the EES Project Map Book on our website here http://northeastlink.vic.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0020/364241/NELP-EES-Map-book-Key-Map-and-Horizontal-Alignment-Plans-Part-1.pdf

    The final alignment for the tunnels will be determined during detailed design stages, but it would not extend outside the project boundary for underground works.

    The ventilation structures for the tunnels would be located near the tunnel entry and exit points and be designed to meet EPA Victoria’s air quality requirements.

    The northern ventilation structure would be located near Blamey Road (on land currently owned by Simpson Barracks). The southern structure would be located next to Bulleen Road.

    Kind regards

    The North East Link team


  • how many houses are you obtaining from owners to complete this and do will you be demolishing these or relocating these to other sites. Do you have a contractor in mind to complete this?

    pennette asked 24 days ago

    Thanks for the question Pennette,

    We’ve worked hard to keep acquisition of homes to a minimum. The Environment Effects Statement (EES) for North East Link outlines that up to 36 residential properties would be required for construction.

    The acquisition process, including specific considerations for individual properties, cannot start until we have project approval.

    Information about procurement processes for the project are on our website here http://northeastlink.vic.gov.au/about/work-with-us/industry

    Kind regards

    The North East Link team


  • Regarding the removal of 16,000 or more trees: What percentage of trees to be removed are considered old growth? How old will the replacement trees be when replanted and what percentage is expected to survive to maturity? Regarding the Simpson Barracks woodland: How many of the trees marked for removal are within this area? What is the wildlife management plan given the destruction of habitat that will occur? Will the loss of this woodland impact on local temperatures given this area is already one of the hottest areas in Melbourne? What percentage of the woodland would be replaced given the increase in roads due to the large interchange proposed for this area? How many decades will it take for these trees to reach maturity and provide anything like the green space, canopy and wildlife habitat currently provided by the Simpson Barracks woodland, if ever? This will be a very distressing event for many residents in the area. What will residents be looking at as these trees are pulled down?

    LucyM asked 30 days ago

    Hi LucyM,

    Thanks for the questions.

    The 16,000 trees estimated to be removed to construct North East Link are assessed in Chapter 15 – Arboriculture here http://northeastlink.vic.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0004/364099/NELP-EES-Chapter-15-Arboriculture.pdf

    The term old growth normally refers to forests in their oldest growth stage rather than individual trees.

    There are trees of varying ages and conditions throughout the project area. Trees assessed for the Arboriculture study have been categorised as medium and long-term viable (MTLV) – which are semi-mature, mature and over-mature trees or non-MLTV trees. The Arboriculture report describes the ages and useful life expectancies of the trees that are estimated to be removed to build North East Link.

    Around 75% of the 16,000 trees expected to be removed are in areas already reserved for road upgrades. For each of these trees removed, two would be planted - ensuring that by the time North East Link is built more trees will have been planted than removed.

    The tree replanting program will be one of Victoria’s largest ever for a transport project and focus on creating a mature, healthy and connected tree canopy – including to provide resilience to future climate conditions and provide habitat and corridors for wildlife.

    The Project requires for as many trees as possible to be protected or planted within the project boundary to assist with cooling urban areas.

    The size of the new trees will be appropriate to the area they are being planted. In some cases that will be tube stock, and in other cases more advanced trees would be planted. We’ll work to improve growing conditions so that the trees have the best chance to achieve their full canopy potential. They will be maintained as required to achieve a net gain in tree canopy cover across the north-east by 2045.

    If you are interested in more detail on this study – the Arboriculture technical report may also be useful for you http://northeastlink.vic.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0003/364197/NELP-EES-Technical-report-G-Arboriculture.pdf

    Native vegetation, including trees, at Simpson Barracks is assessed separately in Chapter 25 – Ecology http://northeastlink.vic.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0005/364109/NELP-EES-Chapter-25-Ecology.pdf

    The construction of the North East Link reference project assessed in the EES would result in the loss of up to 10.98 hectares of native vegetation within Simpson Barracks. The loss of native vegetation will be offset in accordance with State requirements.

    At Simpson Barracks the construction footprint is kept as tight as possible, and will be visually managed with temporary screening. Trees within the project boundary will not be removed until required for the specific stage of construction.

    The amount of planting in this area is dependent on the final project design, but the builders will be required to demonstrate all opportunities to retain existing vegetation and plant close by where possible.

    The Project also has a requirement for a Construction Environmental Management Plan (CEMP) to be developed that describes how displaced wildlife will be managed, that pre-clearance surveys and inspections will be completed and lists reporting procedures if threatened species are identified. The Project requires that a CEMP is in place before any works can begin.

    If you would like to talk to our specialists about the studies for the EES, the requirements we are planning to place on the builders to minimise and manage impacts, and how you can make a submission to have your views considered in planning approvals decisions we recommend you come along to one of our upcoming information sessions. Details are on our website here http://northeastlink.vic.gov.au/community/community-events

    Kind regards

    The North East Link team


  • Reading your environmental and sustainability documentation i'm concerned that you are only looking to 'manage' impacts to waterways instead of investing to improve the waterways around this development. Koonung Creek has E. Coli levels 16 times higher than the target. Why is there seemingly no investment in actually improving the surrounding environment, rather than just 'managing the impacts' of the development? The other creeks are also rated very poorly by Melbourne Water.

    Rich asked 27 days ago

    Thanks for the question Rich,

    The technical studies for the Environment Effects Statement (EES) respond to scoping requirements set by the Minister for Planning. 

    For surface water, the study assesses the potential impacts of a reference project on surface water (including creeks, rivers, lakes and wetlands) and identifies how we plan to avoid or minimise adverse impacts through draft Environmental Performance Requirements (EPRs).

    EPRs set out the minimum environmental objectives and outcomes the project must achieve across its design, construction and operation phases – irrespective of the final design selected for the project.

    The EPRs were developed through the technical studies conducted for the EES. They include requirements to comply with regulations and guidelines set by government and statutory authorities; achieve specific levels or limits; meet recognised standards; and/or adopt industry best-practice or well-tested approaches and methods.

    The project builders appointed to develop and build the final design for the project will need to meet the EPRs in how they design, construct and operate the project.

    They will use the reference project assessed in the EES, but will also be encouraged to refine the design further.

    They will be guided by an Urban Design Strategy that sets principles, objectives and detailed place-specific requirements.

    The strategy outlines a number of opportunities and approaches to enhance waterways through incorporating Water Sensitive Urban Design features such as rain gardens. It is on display with the EES and can be viewed on our website here http://northeastlink.vic.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0011/364088/NELP-EES-Attachment-II-Urban-Design-Strategy.pdf

    The EES exhibition period provides you with an opportunity to have theiryour views considered in planning approvals decisions for the project. 

    You can comment on any aspect of the EES, including the draft EPRs and the Urban Design Strategy, by making a written submission to an independent committee that will be appointed to review the EES and public submissions. More information on how to make a submission is on our website here http://northeastlink.vic.gov.au/environment/environment-effects-statement-ees/how-to-make-a-submission

    If you would like to learn more about the project, including by talking to our team of specialists, we’re hosting drop-in sessions this week and next. Details are on our website here http://northeastlink.vic.gov.au/environment/environment-effects-statement-ees/community-events

    Kind regards

    The North East Link team


  • how do i speak to a person on eastlink?

    bohenzky asked 28 days ago

    Hi bohenzky,

    If you would like to speak to a member of the EastLink team, you can contact them during business hours Monday-Friday on 9955 1400. You can also use the online enquiry form on their website here www.eastlink.com.au/enquiries/contact-us

    If you would like to talk to one of our team about North East Link, you can ring us on 1800 105 105. Our phone line is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

    Kind regards

    The North East Link team


  • If during construction during night works I am needed to vacate my house.But it is impossible to leave due family and medical reasons. Would the night works be stoped until the above mentioned situation is overcome .

    A fair go asked 25 days ago

    Hi A fair go,

    Thanks for getting in touch with your questions and to let us know about your personal circumstances.

    We understand that David and Andrew from our landowner team have been in regular contact to discuss your concerns about construction and to give you information about how we are planning to manage disruptions, including through placing a range of requirements related to noise and work hours on the project builders.

    You can read more about these requirements in the Chapter 27 of the project Environment Effects Statement (EES) here http://northeastlink.vic.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0016/364111/NELP-EES-Chapter-27-Environmental-management-framework.pdf

    Specific requirements relating to construction noise and work hours start on page 47. They cover hours when different types of work would be permitted and the noise guidelines that would apply. They also include requirements to understand noise impacts in consultation with the community.

    David and Andrew are happy to keep discussing the project with you and to hear from you at any time.

    If you haven’t already been to one of our EES information sessions we recommend you come along to speak with our engineering and noise specialists. You can find details on our website here http://northeastlink.vic.gov.au/community/community-events

    If you would like to comment on the draft Environmental Performance Requirements we are considered applying for the project, including how construction disruptions would be managed, the EES process gives you an opportunity to have your views considered as part of planning approvals decisions. You can make a written submission to an independent committee that will be appointed to review the EES and public submissions. You can also choose to speak to the panel in person. Details on how to participate in this process are also available on our website here http://northeastlink.vic.gov.au/environment/environment-effects-statement-ees/how-to-make-a-submission

    Kind regards

    The North East Link team


  • How will Marcellin college be impacted by the proposal? Will there be any land acquisition? I would like to understand the traffic impacts and amenity impacts to the school community.

    Th asked 25 days ago

    Hi Th,

    Thanks for the question. You can read a description of the project in Chapter 8 – Project description on our website here http://northeastlink.vic.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0004/364081/NELP-EES-Chapter-08-Project-description.pdf

    The project Environment Effects Statement (EES) describes temporary impacts to Marcellin College to realign a sewer main to make space for the North East Link tunnels. A section of the school playing fields have also been identified as a potential location for a temporary construction compound.

    You can see this in the Project map book on our website here http://northeastlink.vic.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0020/364241/NELP-EES-Map-book-Key-Map-and-Horizontal-Alignment-Plans-Part-1.pdf

    The builders would be required to reinstate the playing fields once construction is complete in consultation with the school.

    We are working closely with the school on whether a very small portion of land along the school boundary line with Bulleen Road may be permanently required.

    During construction, the builders would be required to develop and implement a range of plans to minimise and manage disruptions such as transport, noise, dust and visual impacts.

    Once North East Link is built access to the school is expected to improve.

    The number of trucks using Bulleen Road would decrease significantly and new walking and cycling paths in the area would improve access and safety for people walking along and crossing Bulleen Road.

    If you are interested to talk to our team about the project in more detail, and find out how you can have your views considered in planning approvals decisions as part of the EES process, we’re hosting information sessions across the project area this week and next. Details are on our website here http://northeastlink.vic.gov.au/environment/environment-effects-statement-ees/community-events

    Kind regards

    The North East Link team


  • Thank you for your reply. In that case can you please tell me where the tolls will start and end? Also what changes, restrictions etc you will be making to existing roads. I avoid all toll roads and am interested to see whether I will need to change my existing routes in order to do so.

    KP asked 30 days ago

    Hi KP,

    The exact locations of the tolling points are still to be determined but North East Link would be tolled between where it joins the Eastern Freeway and where it joins the M80 Ring Road.

    We are not planning on applying new restrictions to existing roads and you would be able to use similar routes to the ones you use today.

    Existing roads at interchanges with North East Link would need to be reconfigured to provide dedicated lanes to enter or exit North East Link, but lanes would still be provided as part of the project design for people who don't want to use North East Link.

    Kind regards

    The North East Link team


  • Good afternoon, I live In Greythorn Road Balwyn North. From what I can see, the new Link will not affect me. Is this assumption correct? because we moved here because it was convenient and relatively quiet. I look forward to your reply. Kindest regards, John Leaver

    Snerd1 asked about 1 month ago

    Hi John,

    Thanks for the question. There are no works proposed for Greythorn Road in Balwyn North as part of the North East Link Project.

    It is possible you may experience some disruptions to build the upgraded Eastern Freeway, particularly a new Park and Ride for Doncaster Busway and a new Doncaster Bridge over the Eastern Freeway.

    Typical disruptions during construction include transport disruptions, noise and dust.

    We are planning to place performance requirements on the builders to manage these sorts of construction disruptions.

    These include requirements to prepare and implement Transport Management Plans, Dust and Air Quality Management and Monitoring Plans and Construction Noise and Vibration Management Plans.

    More information about these performance requirements can be found in Chapter 27 – Environmental Management Framework http://northeastlink.vic.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0016/364111/NELP-EES-Chapter-27-Environmental-management-framework.pdf

    Kind regards

    The North East Link team


  • How will the properties in Watsonia North be affected by the North East link? Will the disruptions affect the train station? Will freeway noise increase and affect properties? during constructions will roads shut down affecting public transport? (Watsonia Train Station) and what are the time frames?

    EshDes asked about 1 month ago

    Hi EshDes,

    Thanks for the question. North East Link will be Victoria’s largest ever road project and while disruptions during construction are unavoidable, we know that with careful planning they can be managed well.

    To help inform planning approvals, we have prepared an Environment Effects Statement (EES) based on a reference project.

    You can find information about likely transport disruptions during construction and the performance requirements we are planning to place on the builders to manage these in Chapter 9 – Traffic and transport http://northeastlink.vic.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0007/364093/NELP-EES-Chapter-09-Traffic-and-transport.pdf

    Expected disruptions to the public transport network are outlined in Section 9.4.3 starting on Page 60.

    We would need to make the roof of the Hurstbridge rail tunnel under Greensborough Road longer and stronger so an upgraded Greensborough Road and the new North East Link could sit on top. There may also need to be some works to upgrade signals on the line.

    We expect this would require the Hurstbridge rail line to be closed from Watsonia to Greensborough for up to six weeks. However, this could be reduced if the works occurred mostly on weekends and at night. Replacement buses would be arranged for any disrupted rail services.

    While North East Link includes upgrades to parking at Watsonia Station, we are not proposing any works for the train station buildings or platform.

    We’re planning to apply a tough noise standard of 63 decibels for the North East Link Project to protect residents and other noise sensitive buildings such as schools. This is in line with the noise standard adopted for the West Gate Tunnel project – the toughest in Victoria.

    Information about existing noise conditions and predicted changes with and without North East Link is available in Chapter 11 of the Environment Effects Statement (EES) here http://northeastlink.vic.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0009/364095/NELP-EES-Chapter-11-Surface-noise-and-vibration.pdf

    If you are interested to talk to our specialists about the project, we’re hosting a drop-in information session at our Community Information Hub at Watsonia shops this Saturday 27 April. Details are on our website here http://northeastlink.vic.gov.au/community/community-events

    Kind regards

    The North East Link team


  • Can you advise if the North East Link will impact on the Koornung Creek Wetlands and Koornung Creek Reserve?

    Don Hamilton asked about 1 month ago

    Hi Don,

    Thanks for the question. We know how valuable the Koonung Creek Reserve is to the local community and have been working hard to minimise the amount of open space required for the project and how much we need to go outside the existing road reserve. 

    You can view the reference project assessed for an Environment Effects Statement (EES) on our website here http://northeastlink.vic.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0019/364240/NELP-EES-Map-book-Horizontal-Alignment-Plans-Part-2.pdf

    An EES is Victoria’s most rigorous and transparent impact assessment process. The EES prepared for North East Link includes in depth studies across 18 topics and a range of information depending on what you are most interested to know about.

    If you are interested in a snapshot of the EES process and study topics our Navigating the EES fact sheet here is a good place to start http://northeastlink.vic.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0007/365173/Fact-Sheet-Navigating-the-EES-April-19.pdf

    You can read a Summary Report that gives an overview of key findings here http://northeastlink.vic.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0004/364072/NELP-EES-Summary-report.pdf

    After reading these documents, if you have specific questions about the project near you, you are welcome to post them online, or come along to an information session to talk to our specialists in person.

    Details of sessions, including dates, times and locations are on our website here http://northeastlink.vic.gov.au/community/community-events

    Kind regards

    The North East Link team


  • Will the North East Link have tolls?

    KP asked about 1 month ago

    Hi KP,

    North East Link will be funded by a combination of government contributions and tolls. More planning work is needed to determine toll prices for the new road, but we expect costs to be comparable to other toll roads in Melbourne like EastLink and CityLink.

    There will be no new tolls on existing routes.  This includes no tolls to use the Eastern Freeway, Greensborough Highway/Bypass and the M80 Ring Road. 

    Kind regards

    The North East Link team


  • I currently travel the Eastern regularly and get off and on at the Blackburn Road. I go to the city or go to my sister which means I get off at Doncaster Road. Will I have to pay toll fees?

    Raffaela asked about 1 month ago

    Hi Raffaela,

    Thanks for the question. There will be no tolls on the Eastern Freeway.

    Kind regards

    The North East Link team


  • I live at 13 pinehills drive Greensborough, how will this project impact where i live, im especially concerned how close it will be to me and the noise levels, i couldn't think of anything worse than being surrounded by a noisy freeway

    Theodora asked about 1 month ago

    Hi Theodora,

    Thanks for getting in touch. We’re planning to apply a tough noise standard of 63 decibels for the North East Link Project to protect residents and other noise sensitive buildings such as schools. This is in line with the noise standard adopted for the West Gate Tunnel project – the toughest in Victoria. 

    Information about existing noise conditions and predicted changes with and without North East Link is available in Chapter 11 of the Environment Effects Statement (EES) here http://northeastlink.vic.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0009/364095/NELP-EES-Chapter-11-Surface-noise-and-vibration.pdf

    If you are interested to see where new noise walls are proposed to be built near you, the EES Map Book has this information http://northeastlink.vic.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0020/364241/NELP-EES-Map-book-Key-Map-and-Horizontal-Alignment-Plans-Part-1.pdf

    You’ll be able to find Pinehills Drive on sheet 5. One sheet shows the reference project assessed for the EES during construction. The other shows the reference project once it is finished and operating. Proposed locations for new noise walls are shown on the operation sheet.

    The reference project shown in the EES Map Book is not the final design for North East Link. It is one feasible way the project could be designed, constructed and operated.

    Planning approvals, design work for the project and consultation with communities and stakeholders is still ongoing and components of the project design could change.

    If you have more questions about the project, our specialists will be at our Community Information Hub at Watsonia shops this Saturday 27 April from 10 am – 4 pm. Details are on our website here http://northeastlink.vic.gov.au/community/community-events

    Kind regards

    The North East Link team


  • EES for display does not show any connection from Elder Street to Watsonia Station. Is that the intention of NELP. Earlier understanding was that over bridge connection between Watsonia Station and Elder Street would be provided and was shown in the plans visible to public. Kindly confirm what is the final plan?

    Monika @ElderStreet asked about 1 month ago

    Hi Monika,

    Thanks for the question. An EES is Victoria’s most robust impact assessment process and it has taken around a year to work on the studies and prepare the technical reports.

    The alternate design for the project that includes a green bridge at Elder Street was developed while we were busy preparing the EES so it doesn’t appear in the document.

    However, the alternate design does meet all the proposed environmental performance requirements for the project presented in the EES and, subject to project approval, can be given to builders we invite to further refine the design and submit bids to build the project.

    It is our intention to present the alternate design with the green bridge at Elder Street to the builders so they can continue to refine the concept as part of their work to develop detailed designs for the project.

    If you are interested to read more about how the alternate design fits in the EES process, we have a fact sheet on our website here http://northeastlink.vic.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0006/360258/Factsheet-Watsonia-Alternate-Design-EES-Process.pdf

    Kind regards

    The North East Link team


  • The Citylink tunnels have proved inadequate and a major bottleneck with no safety margin/emergency lanes that don't otherwise massively compromise capacity. Why are these tunnels being designed with 3 lanes and no emergency lane? Where is the future proofing in this design and shouldn't these tunnels be built once and only once with a view to the projected growth in the north?

    DriveToWork asked about 1 month ago

    Thanks for the question DriveToWork

    We are planning to use the largest Tunnel Boring Machine available to build the North East Link tunnels. It has a diameter of 16 metres and allows space for three lanes as well as shoulders. The reference project assessed for the Environment Effects Statement (EES) includes tunnels with 3 x 3.5 metre wide lanes, a 1-metre left shoulder and a 0.5-metre right shoulder.

    The tunnels would be designed in accordance with metropolitan fire brigade requirements. More information about safety management in the tunnels is in EES Chapter 8 - Project description. It’s available on our website here http://northeastlink.vic.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0004/364081/NELP-EES-Chapter-08-Project-description.pdf

    If you would like to have your views considered in planning approvals decisions for the project, you can find out more about how to make a submission to an independent committee that will be established to review the EES and public submissions here http://northeastlink.vic.gov.au/environment/environment-effects-statement-ees

    Kind regards

    The North East Link team


  • Can you please outline: The changes to Doncaster Park and Ride during and after the project. Will parking be expanded, for instance? The impact at the Doncaster Rd / High st / Freeway bridge, especially for pedestrians? How long will these areas be construction sites?

    Donnyboy asked about 1 month ago

    Thanks for the question Donnyboy,

    The Doncaster Park and Ride would be upgraded as a multi-level car park to maintain current parking capacity. The project design also includes a second Park and Ride at Bulleen with parking for around 300-400 commuter vehicles.

    The designs for both park and rides would be developed by the project builders invited to submit detailed designs and bids to build the project.

    During construction, the Doncaster Road bridge over the Eastern Freeway would need to be removed and rebuilt to allow for additional lanes along the freeway.

    These works could take approximately one year with work likely occurring over multiple stages, realigning traffic to different sides of the bridge.

    Doncaster Park and Ride would also be temporarily occupied to rebuild the bridge and the new Park and Ride. Temporary parking for Doncaster Park and Ride would be provided nearby to maintain an equivalent number of parking spaces.

    The builders appointed to construct North East Link would be required to develop and implement a Transport Management Plan to minimise disruptions for all modes of transport, including for pedestrians.

    Where walking and cycling paths are impacted, suitable alternatives would need to be provided. These will be developed during the next stage of detailed design work.

    If you are interested to read more, the following chapters of the Environment Effects Statement include a description of the reference project assessed in the EES, impacts on the transport network and requirements we are proposing to place on the builders to manage adverse impacts.

    ·  Chapter 8 – Project description: http://northeastlink.vic.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0004/364081/NELP-EES-Chapter-08-Project-description.pdf

    ·  Chapter 9 – Traffic and transport: http://northeastlink.vic.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0007/364093/NELP-EES-Chapter-09-Traffic-and-transport.pdf

    If you are interested in talking to our team about the project, we’re hosting a series of drop-in sessions over the coming weeks. To find one that suits you, visit http://northeastlink.vic.gov.au/community/community-events

    Kind regards

    The North East Link team


  • Will the North Box Hill Tennis Club be acquired? Will the green-space on the Northern side of the freeway between Tram Road and Blackburn Road be modified?

    john.dykes@bigpond.com asked about 1 month ago

    Hi John,

    Thanks for the question. We’ve answered it privately because you’ve used your email address as your username. Your privacy is important to us and we don’t want to share your contact details on our website.

    North Box Hill Tennis Club would not be acquired to construct North East Link.

    The proposed upgrades to the Eastern Freeway between Tram Road and Blackburn Road include adding an extra three lanes. Two additional lanes towards Ringwood and one additional lane towards the city.

    We would also need to rebuild the walking and cycling bridge across the Eastern Freeway and realign a small section of the Koonung Creek trail.

    A Map Book for the reference project used to prepare an Environment Effects Statement (EES) is available on our website here http://northeastlink.vic.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0019/364240/NELP-EES-Map-book-Horizontal-Alignment-Plans-Part-2.pdf

    One sheet set shows the reference project during construction and one set shows the project during operation (once it is built).

    You can see the section of the Eastern Freeway between Tram Road and Blackburn Road on sheets 39 and 40. North Box Hill Tennis Club is shown on sheet 37.

    If you are interested to talk to one of our team about the project near you, we’re hosting a drop-in information session in Blackburn North on Tuesday 7 May from 4 – 8 pm. There are also other sessions across the project area if you can’t make it on 7 May. Details are on our website here http://northeastlink.vic.gov.au/community/community-events

    Kind regards

    The North East Link team


  • Hi I live adjacent to the koonung park between Bulleen road and Doncaster road. I have the following questions: A/ how much of the park will be lost in the construction phase b/how much will be lost when construction has been finalised? Please provide a visual representation of what will be lost. C/ what plans do you have to help alleviate excessive noise / pollution during construction phase? D/ will construction occur after hours on the fwy widening. If so, this will significantly impact residents. What is your dispute / complaint resolution process? E/ will noise abatement walls be built across all the south side of the fwy? Thank you Chris

    Ck asked about 1 month ago

    Hi Chris,

    Thanks for the questions.

    A Map Book showing the reference project assessed for the Environment Effects Statement (EES) is available on our website here http://northeastlink.vic.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0019/364240/NELP-EES-Map-book-Horizontal-Alignment-Plans-Part-2.pdf

    The section of Koonung Creek parkland between Bulleen Road and Doncaster Road is on sheets 32 – 35.

    For each sheet set, there is one that shows the reference project during construction and one that shows the reference project once it is built (called operation).

    The Map Book also shows proposed locations for noise walls, including new walls on the south side of the Eastern Freeway that would be designed to meet a tough noise standard of 63 decibels.

    If you need help reading the Map Book, this fact sheet can help http://northeastlink.vic.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0008/365174/NavigatingtheEES-MapBookFactSheetApril2019.pdf

    Construction working hours in most areas would typically be from 7:00 am to 5:30 pm. Some works outside of these hours would likely be required within the Eastern Freeway road reserve.

    Before starting construction, the project builders would be required to develop a Construction Noise and Vibration Management Plan and a Dust and Air Quality Management and Monitoring Plan to minimise impacts.

    They would also be required to develop a Community Engagement Plan that includes a process for notifying residents about upcoming works and a process for the recording, management and resolution of complaints.

    You can read more about the requirements that we are proposing to place on the builders in Chapter 27 of the Environment Effects Statement here http://northeastlink.vic.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0016/364111/NELP-EES-Chapter-27-Environmental-management-framework.pdf

    There is also an opportunity now for you to have your views considered in planning approvals decisions for the project by making a submission to an independent committee. You can read more about this process here http://northeastlink.vic.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0007/365173/Fact-Sheet-Navigating-the-EES-April-19.pdf

    If you would like to talk to our team, you can drop in to an information session near you over the coming weeks. Dates, times and locations are on our website here http://northeastlink.vic.gov.au/community/community-events

    Kind regards

    The North East Link team


  • Hi there, I have had a quick look through the EES and as a resident in Bulleen I am trying to decide on Primary schools for my son who is due to go to Prep next year. The two local primary schools are Belle Vue PS and Boroondara Park PS (there are no non secular public schools in Bulleen). Therefore this project will impact my family and my son's education in many ways for the next 7 years as he and we will be navigating the Bulleen rd interchange every weekday. I wouldn't have to think about anything if this project had gone through the orbital route it should have. How is NELP working with Belle Vue PS? The linking footbridge from estelle st to the koonung path is also how I ride to work each week. Why is that footbridge being moved approx 500m to the west? How long will it is be removed for? The EES also discusses the koonung bike path but there isn't enough detail that lets us know the interruptions - when will this be known?

    aec8p asked about 1 month ago

    Hi aec8p,

    Thanks for getting in touch. Building a project like North East Link is challenging and while disruptions to get this massive project built are unavoidable, we know that through careful planning and consultation with communities we can manage this well.

    As part of planning North East Link we’re working closely with all schools along the project corridor to understand their concerns and how we can minimise impacts.

    The project builders appointed to build North East Link would need to meet strict performance requirements to minimise disruptions during construction. This includes developing a transport management plan to minimise disruptions for all modes of transport.

    The new walking and cycling bridge over the Eastern Freeway at Estelle Street near Kenneth Street would be rebuilt and moved about 75 metres to the west. The new location would allow for new footings to be built and for the bridge to be Disability Discrimination Act compliant.

    Based on the reference project assessed in the EES, the new bridge could be built and in place before the existing bridge is removed.

    A section of the Koonung Creek trail between the Estelle Street bridge and Bulleen Road on the south side of the freeway would need to be realigned and upgraded. This includes building new connections to new paths under Bulleen Road and a new dedicated walking and cycling bridge across the Eastern Freeway. During construction, the builders would be required to provide a suitable alternative to the existing Koonung Creek trail so walkers and cyclists can still travel through the area. The location of a temporary path will be developed during detailed design stages.

    The corridor going ahead for North East Link is the one that best met the project objectives and principles developed with input from communities during strategic planning stages of the project in 2017. This included assessing the corridor options against measures such as getting trucks off local roads, reducing congestion, slashing travel times and minimising impacts on communities and the environment.

    Linking the M80 Ring Road to the Eastern Freeway near Bulleen Road performed best overall. It best caters for where people and goods move from and to and is the most effective at taking cars and trucks off local roads, particularly some of the most congested roads in Melbourne’s north-east, such as Rosanna Road and Greensborough Road.

    A road further east connecting near Ringwood would have taken around 500-1,000 vehicles a day off Rosanna Road and 500-1,000 vehicles a day off Greensborough Road between Blamey Road and Watsonia Road.

    The project corridor that is going ahead is expected to take 9,000-11,000 vehicles a day off Rosanna Road and 20,000-30,000 vehicles a day off Greensborough Road between Blamey Road and Watsonia Road. For Rosanna Road, this is a 75% reduction in truck traffic.

    A road further east would also have weaved through the urban growth boundary and worked contrary to strategic plans in place to control how and where Melbourne will grow in the decades to come.

    If you are interested to come and speak to the specialists who helped prepare the Environment Effects Statement for North East Link, we’re hosting a drop-in session at the Manningham Hotel in Bulleen on Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 May from 10 am – 2 pm. You’ll also be able to talk to our team about how you can have your views considered in planning approvals decisions for the project by making a submission to an independent committee.

    Kind regards

    The North East Link team


  • Will any houses in Ilma Court be acquired?

    MF asked about 1 month ago

    Hi MF,

    We’ve been in close contact with people whose homes could be required to build North East Link since late 2017. We are treating these people with respect and not publicly discussing their personal circumstances.

    The EES Project Map Book shows the reference project assessed for the Environment Effects Statement (EES). You can view it on our website here http://northeastlink.vic.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0020/364241/NELP-EES-Map-book-Key-Maps-Horizontal-Alignment-Plans-Part-1.pdf

    The reference project in the Map Book is not the final design for North East Link. It is one feasible way the project could be designed, constructed and operated. Planning approvals, design work for the project and consultation with communities and stakeholders is still ongoing and components of the project design could change.

    Kind regards

    The North East Link team


  • Map of proposed Bulleen Rd widening around all the schools along Bulleen RD, Carey , Trinity and Marcellen and Veneto Club - what affect on school and club grounds

    Nibor asked about 1 month ago

    Hi Nibor,

    Thanks for the question. The Map Book on our website here http://northeastlink.vic.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0020/364241/NELP-EES-Map-book-Key-Maps-Horizontal-Alignment-Plans-Part-1.pdf shows the reference project assessed for an Environment Effects Statement (EES).

    You can see the reference project around Bulleen Road on sheets 21, 22 and 23. There is one sheet that shows the project during construction and one sheet that shows the project once it is built (called operation).

    The reference project shown in the EES Map Book is not the final design for North East Link. It is one feasible way the project could be designed, constructed and operated.

    Planning approvals, design work for the project and consultation with communities and stakeholders is still ongoing and components of the project design could change.

    Under the reference project, Bulleen Road would remain two main carriageway lanes each way. However, some sections would need to be rebuilt so we can pass the North East Link tunnels as well as entry and exit ramps underneath Bulleen Road.

    Based on the reference project assessed in the EES a small corner of the Veneto Club parking lot would be required to construct the North East Link tunnels. We are working with the club on options to manage this impact.

    We would also need to realign a sewer main to make space for the North East Link tunnels. This would impact part of the sports grounds at Marcellin College and Trinity Grammar. We are working closely with the schools to manage these impacts.

    Once the project is built, our studies for the EES have found there would be improvements to traffic flow in the Bulleen Park area as well as safer, easier access to local clubs, schools and sports facilities for vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists.

    You can read more about the reference project assessed for the EES in Chapter 8 – Project description here http://northeastlink.vic.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0004/364081/NELP-EES-Chapter-08-Project-description.pdf

    If you are interested to find out more, we’ll be hosting a drop-in information with our specialists at the Manningham Hotel in Bulleen on Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 May. You can find details on our website here http://northeastlink.vic.gov.au/community/community-events

    Kind regards

    The North East Link team


  • Will we still be able to access Greensborough Sellars Street by driving under the FWY using Kempston Street ?

    Brucem asked about 1 month ago

    Hi Brucem,

    Thanks for the question. Once the project is finished Kempston Street would stay open and pass under North East Link and a rebuilt Greensborough Highway (similar to how Kempston Street passes under Greensborough Highway today).

    From speaking with local communities, we know how important Kempston Street is to get to and from homes in Greensborough and communities want any closures during construction to be avoided or minimised. This has been considered in impact assessments for the project Environment Effects Statement (EES).

    For the reference project assessed for the EES, our specialists expect that Kempston Street would need to be temporarily closed for around one week.

    During this closure, traffic would need to detour via Yando Street, The Circuit and Grimshaw Street. The project builders would be required to put a transport management plan in place to minimise disruptions and advise communities in advance.

    The reference project assessed for the EES is not the final design for North East Link. It is one feasible way the project could be designed, constructed and operated.

    Planning approvals, design work for the project and consultation with communities and stakeholders is still ongoing and components of the project design, could change.

    If you would like to have your views considered in planning approvals decisions for North East Link, you can make a submission to an independent committee established to review the EES and public submissions. Submissions close at 5 pm, 7 June 2019.

    More information is available on our website http://northeastlink.vic.gov.au/environment/environment-effects-statement-ees or you can visit our Community Information Hub at Watsonia shops to chat to our team. We’re at 17 Watsonia Road next to Thrifty Link Hardware and open from 10 am – 5 pm Monday-Friday and 10 am – 2 pm on Saturday.

    Kind regards

    The North East Link team


  • Currently the shared path between Lower Plenty Road and Yallambie Road has only two minor road crossings. The major crossing at Lower Plenty Road is being replaced with an underpass but now the path has to cross the on/off ramps opposite Strathallan Road at grade. This is a major crossing with slip lanes and multiple lanes of fast moving traffic so why is there no grade separation? It seems the crossing at Lower Plenty Road has simply been shifted north for no nett benefit to shared path users.

    KenS asked about 1 month ago

    Hi KenS

    The reference project shown in the Environment Effects Statement (EES) is not the final design for North East Link. It is one feasible way the project could be designed, constructed and operated.

    Planning approvals, design work for the project and consultation with communities and stakeholders is still ongoing and components of the project design could change.

    If you would like to have your views considered in planning approvals decisions for North East Link, we encourage you to make a submission to an independent committee that will be established to review the EES and public submissions.

    Submissions can be made to Planning Panels Victoria from now until 5 pm 7 June 2019.

    You can find more about how to make a submission on our website here http://northeastlink.vic.gov.au/environment/environment-effects-statement-ees/how-to-make-a-submission

    Kind regards

    The North East Link team


  • What will happen to access in and out of Marcellin College? With so much construction in and around entrances, how will parents and students safely and without delay deliver kids in and out of school.

    Dan asked about 1 month ago

    Hi Dan,

    Thanks for the question. Building a project like North East Link isn’t easy and some disruptions are unavoidable – but we know with careful planning they can be managed well.

    To help minimise construction disruptions we’re planning to put strict requirements on the project builders.

    This includes requiring the builders to develop a Transport Management Plan that minimises disruptions for all modes of transport – including cars, public transport, walking and cycling.

    The builders would also be required to prepare and implement a plan to keep the community informed about the progress of construction activities and changes to transport conditions.

    If you are interested to read more about how traffic and transport disruptions have been assessed and the requirements for the project builders developed, we recommend you read the following chapters of the Environment Effects Statement.

    If you are interested to chat to our team about how we are proposing to minimise transport disruptions during construction, come along to a drop in session near you. Details including locations and times are on our website here http://northeastlink.vic.gov.au/community/community-events

    Kind regards

    The North East Link team


  • Will land be acquired for widening at the end of Koonung Road. My property is in Middlefield Drive, one street from a small reserve which is next to the existing Eastern Freeway

    Black asked about 1 month ago

    Hi Black,

    Thanks for the question. There will be no compulsory acquisition of homes on the Eastern Freeway.

    For the upgrades to the Eastern Freeway near you, we’re planning to add an extra three lanes between Surrey/Blackburn Road and Middleborough/Wetherby Road. There would be one extra lane towards the city and two extra lanes towards Ringwood.

    The city-bound entry ramp onto the freeway at Surrey Road would also be lengthened and widened where it joins the freeway so ramp meters could be added. Ramp meters are signals that activate when the freeway is busy to better space the rate vehicles merge and help traffic keep flowing smoothly.

    For the reserve directly behind Middlefield Drive, the proposed upgrades would not extend past the existing noise walls. We expect these could be kept.

    To make space for the new freeway lanes we would need to rebuild the walking and cycling bridge across the freeway. This would include realigning a small section of the trail that runs through the reserve near Middlefield Drive so it connects to the new bridge.

    You can see details of the proposed freeway upgrades on sheets 40 in the Map Book prepared for the project Environment Effects Statement (EES) here http://northeastlink.vic.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0019/364240/NELP-EES-Map-book-Horizontal-Alignment-Plans-Part-2.pdf

    There are two versions of sheet 40. One that shows the project during construction and one that shows the completed upgrades.

    If you have any questions about this area of the project, we’ll be hosting an information session in Blackburn North on Tuesday 7 May from 4-8 pm. You can drop in to talk to our team, ask questions and find out more about the planning approvals process and opportunities for you to have your views considered. You’ll find details of the session, as well as others across the project area, on our website here http://northeastlink.vic.gov.au/community/community-events

    Kind regards

    The North East Link team


  • What will be the impact of the north east link construction have on residents of Smike street in Yallambie and will any of these houses be reclaimed?

    Ricks asked about 1 month ago

    Hi Ricks,

    Thanks for getting in touch. We've been in close contact with anyone likely be affected by acquisition since late 2017. No homes would be required in Smike Street, Yallambie to build North East Link. 

    While construction work for North East Link would be some distance from your home, you may notice some traffic and other disruptions such as dust, noise and truck movements while we get the project built. There would be strict requirements on the project builders to manage these.

    If you are interested to see the reference project used to prepare the Environment Effects Statement, our EES Map Book has lots of information. You can read it online here http://northeastlink.vic.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0020/364241/NELP-EES-Map-book-Key-Maps-Horizontal-Alignment-Plans-Part-1.pdf

    The Map Book doesn't extend to cover Smike Street as there are no works planned here, but you can see the reference project for an interchange at Lower Plenty Road on sheets 14-15. 

    There is a hard copy of the Environment Effects Statement, including the Map Book and technical reports that cover construction disruptions on display at our community information hub at Watsonia shops. We're at 17 Watsonia Road (just next to Thrifty Link Hardware) and open from 10 am - 5 pm Monday-Friday and 10 am - 2 pm on Saturdays.

    Kind regards

    The North East Link team


  • I live in lower Templestowe and have experienced 30 years of bad traffic conditions on the eastern freeway. I drive to the CBD daily. The bottleneck coming off the freeway onto Alexander pde and Hoddle are horrific especially during non school holidays peak hour. How will this freeway fix any of that when more people will be using the freeway to get into the city? It will still bottleneck once all the cars reach the end of the freeway heading into the city? How has this been considered and planned for?

    A. asked about 1 month ago

    Thanks for the question A,

    North East Link is being built to cater for the increasing number of cars and trucks travelling between our city’s growing north-east, eastern and south-east suburbs.

    Traffic modelling shows North East Link is not expected to make a material difference to traffic volumes at the Hoddle Street end of the Eastern Freeway.

    Kind regards

    The North East Link team


  • Will the bottle neck at the end of the Eastern Freeway be resolved with the North East link?

    Kristine asked about 2 months ago

    Thanks for the question Kristine,

    The Victorian Government is investing $110 million to streamline Hoddle Street, including upgrades to four key intersections. Work started on the Streamlining Hoddle Street project in early 2018, with construction expected to be complete by the end of 2019.

    North East Link is being built to cater for the increasing number of cars and trucks travelling between our city’s growing north-east, eastern and south-east suburbs. Traffic modelling shows the project is not expected to make a material difference to traffic volumes at the Hoddle Street end of the Eastern Freeway.

    Our project includes a major boost to public transport along the Eastern Freeway with construction of Melbourne’s first dedicated high speed busway as well as significant upgrades to commuter cycle routes.

    Kind regards

    The North East Link team


  • When will details be released for the freeway upgrades between Tram Road and Middleborough Road?

    steveb asked about 2 months ago

    Hi Steveb,

    Thanks for the question. You can see current plans for the upgrades between Tram Road and Middleborough Road, including artist impressions, on our online project map here http://northeastlink.vic.gov.au/about/project

    An Environment Effects Statement (EES) for the project will be released for public comment next Wednesday 10 April. You’ll be able to read this on our website and at a display location near you.

    Sign up for our email updates to receive links when they are published here http://northeastlink.vic.gov.au/news/contact

    The EES will include a Map Book of the Reference Project assessed for the EES. This will have a bit more detail than the current online map.

    Kind regards

    The North East Link team


  • Hi, will fosbery crescent or nearby be affected ? When will the project be finished? Thanks.

    311 asked about 2 months ago

    Hi 311,

    Thanks for the question. Fosbery Crescent would not be directly affected by construction work for North East Link.

    However it’s likely you would experience some disruptions in your area during construction such as changes to traffic flows and travel times while we get this massive project built.

    The contractors appointed to build North East Link will be required to develop plans to minimise and manage disruptions during construction.

    More information about likely disruptions during construction and how we plan to manage these will be on display in an Environment Effects Statement (EES) next Wednesday 10 April.

    You’ll be able to view the EES on our website and at our Community Information Hub at Watsonia shops.

    Kind regards

    The North East Link team


  • Hi, we are wondering why Moorwatha Street might be used as a bike route considering it is neither wide nor long and has two off-set cross streets.

    ChrisA asked 2 months ago

    Thanks for the question ChrisA,

    We're investigating potential cycling routes between North East Link and Macleod Station. The route along Moorwatha Street is one possible option we're looking at, but it's not confirmed yet. We'll work with Banyule Council to develop the options further. More information and opportunities for consultation with residents will be available in the future, but this will be happening separately to the main North East Link project works. If you'd like to receive updates as work progresses, make sure you're signed up to receive our project newsletters here http://northeastlink.vic.gov.au/news/contact

    Kind regards

    The North East Link team


  • Why is the bike route going via Moorwatha and Chapman Streets and not via Erskine Road where it is now? Moorwatha Street is choked with parked cars during the week and is already dangerous to turn into from side streets. Also Erskine road has traffic lights at Greensborough Road proving a safer crossing.

    TonyB asked 2 months ago

    Thanks for the question TonyB,

    We're investigating potential cycling routes between North East Link and Macleod Station. The route along Moorwatha Street is one possible option we're looking at, but it's not confirmed yet. We'll work with Banyule Council to develop the options further. More information and opportunities for consultation with residents will be available in the future, but this will be happening separately to the main North East Link project works. If you'd like to receive updates as work progresses, make sure you're signed up to receive our project newsletters here http://northeastlink.vic.gov.au/news/contact

    Kind regards

    The North East Link team


  • Has there been any update on the walking/cycling path between Coleen Street and Erskine Road mentioned by Christine of Yallambie? This is currently a direct path toward Macleod Station, facilitated by a bridge over the Banyule Creek and the pedestrian crossing over Greensborough Road. In the most recent renderings I've been able to access I can see no clear path for the pedestrians and cyclists from east of Greensborough Road currently funneling through Coleen Street to access Macleod Station.

    Ed asked 2 months ago

    Hi Ed,

    The current design for the interchange at Lower Plenty Road, including walking and cycling links, is one possible solution for this complex interchange. The builders we appoint to take the design through to more detailed stages may have ideas for improvements. From speaking with communities we know local residents cross between Coleen Street and Erskine Road and are looking at how to incorporate this into future refinements to the project design.

    Kind regards

    The North East Link team


  • Why are you only increasing Watsonia car park by 60 spots. The reason you don't get more people using trains is due to inadequate car parking for computers. Is there a reason that you can't put another level on the car park?

    Wen asked 2 months ago

    Hi Wen,

    Thanks for getting in touch. The North East Link business case included an additional 60 spaces at Watsonia car park. We’ll take your comment about the need for additional spaces on board as feedback so it can be considered as part of ongoing planning work for the project.

    A key focus of our design for this area has also been improving access to the station on foot and by bike as well as looking at how we can centralise bus services to make it easier to transfer to and from buses and trains.

    Kind regards

    The North East Link team


  • Will there be any upgrades to Templestowe Road as part of the North East Link project?

    Matt asked 2 months ago

    Thanks for the question Matt,

    The project would include an upgrade the intersection between Bridge Street and Templestowe Road. Any additional upgrades to Templestowe Road are outside the scope of our project.

    Kind regards

    The North East Link team


  • Hi, will the traffic exiting the freeway at the Strathallan Rd Macleod (new) intersection be able to proceed directly onto Strathallan Rd? We are new home owners and residents in Strathallan Rd and I have been informed there is a new service lane being introduced but it is not shown on the maps? Many thanks.

    Paul Stroud asked 2 months ago

    Hi Paul,

    Thanks for getting in touch. The current project design includes a service road to distance homes on Strathallan Road from the entry and exit ramps to the North East ink tunnel and prevent the road from being used as a rat run to and from North East Link. You can see the proposed service road in the image below.

    The service road would allow residents travelling north on Greensborough Road to turn left into Strathallan Road. It would also allow residents travelling on Strathallan Road to turn left onto Greensborough Road heading north. The current design would not allow for right hand turns between Strathallan Road and Greensborough Road.

    The design we have now is one possible solution for this complex interchange. The builders we appoint to take the design through to more detailed stages and build the project may have ideas for improvements.

    If you are interested to know more about the proposed service road and to chat to our team, our Community Information Hub at Watsonia shops is open from 10 am – 5 pm Monday-Friday and from 10 am – 2 pm on Saturdays. We’re at No. 17. Watsonia Road (just next to Thrifty Link Hardware).

    Kind regards

    The North East Link team


  • Hi Can you please explain why they are not building on and off ramps at Burke rd to and from Doncaster

    Tanya21 asked 2 months ago

    Hi Tanya 21

    Thanks for the question.

    When looking at the placement of on and off ramps we need to make sure there is enough distance between each for traffic to get on and off the freeway safely and maintain traffic flow. Ramps that are too close together can cause pressure merge points, congest traffic flow and lead to safety issues.

    To maintain traffic flow and meet current standards, you need at least 1.5 km between ramps. This would not be possible between Burke Road and Bulleen Road.

    An on-ramp heading east would also likely be too close to the Yarra River.

    Kind regards

    The North East Link team


  • Residents on the Elder Street side of Watsonia will be significantly impeded by Residents on the Elder Street side of Watsonia will be significantly impeded by the current proposal when accessing Watsonia Station. Originally at least a green bridge was proposed for pedestrians to access from Elder street however it seems even this option has been temporarily shelved for some reason. The ideal solution for the significant number of people that use Elder Street would be a bridge for vehicles & pedestrians to cross to the station and further access then to Watsonia shops. Given this, 1. Is this option being considered? (Because it seriously needs to be) 2. What specific details can you provide of the other options currently being considered? 3. What timeframe is allocated for this decision?

    Michael Neal asked 7 months ago

    Hi Michael,

    We've just released an alternate design for North East Link around Watsonia station and shops. You can find details on our website here http://northeastlink.vic.gov.au/about/northern-section/watsonia-station-and-shops

    The alternate design includes a new green bridge at Elder Street that connects to both sides of Greensborough Road and upgraded parking at Watsonia Station.

    If you'd like to chat to our team about the alternate design, our engineers will be at our community information hub this Saturday 23 March from 10 am - 3 pm.

    Thanks for your patience while we were working on this.

    Kind regards

    The North East Link team.

  • Hi I am trying to identify what the changes to the north east link will entail at the Bulleen road and eastern freeway entrance. I currently live in Jolie vie road Balwyn north and am curious to see what changes will be made. I can see that there will be 2 new roads come off the existing freeway which one is an express lane and the other links ups with the freeway further down, can you confirm if they are tunnels or exposed roads?

    Rossk asked 2 months ago

    Hi Rossk,

    Thanks for getting in touch. You might find the artist impressions of this interchange help answer your question. You can find them on pages 30-33 here http://northeastlink.vic.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0010/328465/EarlyDesignSchematicsAndArtistImpressions-Sept-2018.pdf

    Jolie Vue Road is marked in the illustration on page 30.

    The existing connections between Bulleen Road/Thompson Road and the Eastern Freeway would stay the same as they are today.

    The new ramps you can see in the image would link the North East Link tunnel entry/exit to the Eastern Freeway in both directions.

    The tunnel entry would be just next to Bulleen Road near the Veneto Club parking lot.

    The design shown in these images isn't the final project design. From here we'll be taking the project out to market and asking the best builders in Australia and around the world to submit bids and their designs to build the project. They'll be looking for opportunities to improve the design we've developed so far.

    Kind regards

    The North East Link team

  • The cycling corridor stops weel short of Hoddle street which is a major barrier. How is it intended for cyclists to connect from there to major cycle routes such as Wellington St, Napier St and Canning St?

    KenS asked 2 months ago

    Hi Ken,

    Thanks for the question. We’ve worked with the Department of Transport to ensure our new paths fit into a city-wide network of cycling facilities.  

    The new cycling corridor along the Eastern Freeway connects with the Main Yarra Trail near the bridge over Merri Creek at Roseneath Street.  Riders travelling to and from the west of Hoddle Street would likely use the existing on-road cycling facilities along Roseneath Street and South Terrace to access Wellington Street. Other alternatives could be to continue along the Main Yarra Trail and connect to east-west cycling links elsewhere.

    Kind regards

    The North East Link team

  • There are several pedestrian/cyclist bridges over the NE Link between Watsonia and Greensborough. The online maps shows that these all have a switchback design. ill the design in terms of gradient and turning circle permit cycling at a stable speed. What will be the turning circles on the switchbacks?

    KenS asked 2 months ago

    Hi Ken

    The project design you can see on our website is being used as a reference to assess impacts for an Environment Effects Statement (EES). From here, we’ll take the project out to market and ask the best builders in Australia and from around the world to make refinements and submit competing bids to win the construction contract. The builders will look for opportunities to improve the design while meeting strict requirements to minimise impacts.  

    Many riders have told us how steep grades and switchbacks which require them to dismount or result in difficulty negotiating are very frustrating.  

    To address this we’ve included requirements (some project specific) to ensure that these kind of issues are avoided and that these bridges can be used by a wide variety of riders using various types of bicycles (such as tandems and tag-alongs).   

    Kind regards

    The North East Link team

  • I would like to flag our concern that the Eastern Freeway may be widened from Chandler Hwy to the Hoddle St. This would bring the noisy Freeway even closer than it currently is to the resident Grey headed flying fox colony and day rest areas for wallaby and kangaroo in Yarra Bend Park. The ceaseless traffic is already loud. I am president of the Friends of Bats & Bushcare Inc and Coordinator Victorian Advocates for Animals. It is critical to protect these remnant bushlands.

    Lawrence Pope asked 2 months ago

    Dear Lawrence,

    Thanks for getting in touch. The area along the Yarra River south of the Eastern Freeway near Yarra Bend Park has been designated a ‘no go zone’ for construction works to protect the resident Grey Headed Flying Fox Colony. If you would like some of our team to meet you and Friends of Bats and Bushcare Inc to discuss the upgrades to the Eastern Freeway and an Environment Effects Statement (EES) being prepared for the project in more detail, please give us a call on 1800 105 105.

    Kind regards

    The North East Link team

  • Hi there This is a follow up to my question about shared footpaths adjacent to Greensborough Rd. Thank you for clarifying that the picture in the e-newsletter is of Bulleen Rd. However, my question still stands about the design of footpaths next to Greensborough Rd. Has there been any changes in the design due to community feedback about the path being directly next to Greensborough Rd at the Lower Plenty Rd end?

    LucyM asked 3 months ago

    Hi LucyM,

    The project design you can see on our website is being used as a reference to assess impacts for an Environment Effects Statement (EES). 

    From here, we’ll take the project out to market and ask the best builders in Australia and from around the world to make refinements and submit competing bids to win the construction contract. 

    The builders will look for opportunities to improve the design while meeting strict requirements to minimise impacts. 

    The current design for the Lower Plenty Road interchange, including walking and cycling paths, is one possible design solution. The builders may have other ideas for this complex interchange. 

    As part of developing more refined designs for the project the builders will refer to an Urban Design Strategy we’re developing now. The EES, including the Urban Design Strategy, will be available for public comment in the first half of this year.

    Kind regards

    The North East Link team

  • Hi, I've heard that Elder Street Reserve will be taken over to be used as base to store machines/equipment during construction. Is this correct? Thanks.

    Erin asked 3 months ago

    Hi Erin,

    Thanks for the question. It's too early for us to confirm where laydown areas to support construction work for North East Link are proposed. 

    Information about proposed locations will be included in an Environment Effects Statement (EES) which will be released for public comment in the first half of this year.

    The North East Link project team


  • Does this mean there will be lots of trucks on the Eastern fwy - just like Monash?

    zakintosh asked 3 months ago

    Hi Zakintosh,

    Thanks for the question. One of the key objectives of the North East Link Project is to take trucks off local roads and move them onto freeways that are much better designed to cater for them.

    Information about how North East Link will change how trucks move around Melbourne will be on display as part of an Environment Effects Statement (EES) in the coming months.

    Kind regards

    The North East Link team

  • Dear Sir/Ms When is this project going to start? How will it effect traffic on the eastern fwy? When is it due to be finished? Rgds Jol

    Jol asked 3 months ago

    Thanks for the questions Jol,

    At the moment we're working on the technical studies needed for planning approvals, which we expect will be granted towards the end of this year. Construction is expected to start in early 2020 with the road opening to traffic in 2027.

    The project includes a major upgrade of the Eastern Freeway which is expected to help ease congestion at locations where the freeway currently struggles to cater for demand during peak periods and cater for future population growth.

    The upgrades are expected to make travel times on the Eastern Freeway up to 40% faster.

    Kind regards

    The North East Link team

  • Will the new road affect house in McRae St, Rosanna?

    Justin asked 3 months ago

    Hi Justin,

    Thanks for getting in touch. As part of planning work happening now we’re investigating a broad area where the North East Link tunnels could be built.

    Our online map here http://northeastlink.vic.gov.au/project shows the area where the tunnels could be built as well as a possible route.

    With the tunnel route currently shown, the North East Link tunnels would be near McCrae Road in Rosanna, but not directly underneath.

    The final tunnel alignment will be determined by the project builders later next year.

    The section of tunnel between Lower Plenty Road and Manningham Road would be built using Tunnel Boring Machines (TBMs).

    TBMs are very effective at reducing vibration and many people living and working above the tunnels may not notice construction happening underground.

    If you are interested to read more about tunnelling, our Construction fact sheet online has information about TBMs http://northeastlink.vic.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0008/327581/EES-Study-Update-Sep-18-Construction.pdf'

    Kind regards

    The North East Link team


  • I note the latest email re Community Liaison Groups included a graphic depicting Greensborough Rd looking north toward the vent stack. It shows the shared footpath for cyclists and pedestrians directly adjacent to traffic, exposing them to exhaust and putting them at risk of serious injury should a vehicle come off the road. I know this has been raised in previous community feedback sessions. Is design work being undertaken to create a division between Greensborough Road and the shared footpath? Trees would be ideal offering shade and a buffer.

    LucyM asked 3 months ago

    Hi Lucy,

    Thanks for the question. The photo in our e-newsletter from the 12 February was a view looking south down Bulleen Road. Where possible the project design sets walking and cycling paths back from the road, however there are a number of constraints at this location, including minimising the impact on the school grounds.

    Kind regards

    The North East Link team

  • Hi, I was just wondering whether there has been any further development/commitment on the extended walking/cycling path connecting Elder Street and Watsonia Station/Watsonia shops? Is it expected to continue to follow the powerlines as expected?

    The Nubbets at Warralong asked 3 months ago

    Hi The Nubbets,

    Thanks for the question. We're still looking at other design options for this section of the project. 

    To receive an update when we have more information to share, make sure you are signed up to receive our project e-newsletter here http://northeastlink.vic.gov.au/news/contact

    Kind regards

    The North East Link team

  • Hi Firstly I should point out that the link on the " North East Link Project Map' labaled "Give Us Feedback" takes me to a page that has no facility to give feedback (only to ask a question), hence I've taken that path. I've been looking at the photos accessible via http://nelprojectmap.u-c.com.au/NELprojectmap_v06/index.html Even though I live in Rosanna and am very familiar with the area, I found it difficult to interpret the photos/artist impressions because they don't identify the roads or which direction is North. If you can put an arrow to identify North and name the major roads (at least on the aerial photos), it would assist greatly in the understanding of the photos. The descriptions under the photo are not always adequate and I think that at least one is not entirely correct: e.g.: http://nelprojectmap.u-c.com.au/NELprojectmap_v06/index.html says it is a view looking North, when in fact it is looking more to the East than North.

    micdal22 asked 3 months ago

    Hi Micdal22,

    Our image book here http://northeastlink.vic.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0010/328465/EarlyDesignSchematicsAndArtistImpressions-Sept-2018.pdf has roads and directions marked.

    If there is anything else we can help with, please let us know.

    The North East Link team.

  • How will NEL affect supply truck movements around the Rosanna supermarkets (i.e. Coles, Woolworths) during and after construction?

    Watsonia Hub visitor asked 4 months ago

    Thanks for the question,

    North East Link will provide an alternative route for freight travelling between the M80 Ring Road and the Eastern Freeway and is expected to reduce the number of trucks using Rosanna Road by 75%.

    Trucks making local deliveries would still be able to use local and arterial roads as they do today.

    During construction, the project builders would be required to develop a Traffic Management Plan to minimise and manage disruptions.

    The traffic plan would address how minimum levels of service for key roads and intersections would be maintained.

    More information about the requirements for the Traffic Management Plan will be included in an Environment Effects Statement (EES) we are preparing for the project. The EES will be on exhibition for public comment later this year.

    The North East Link team


  • Hi project team , I am looking forward to know the impact of this project on 6 Borlase street yallambie in terms of noise and air pollution during and after the construction of the infrastructure close to it? Also how the residentials will access to the main roads and freeway? Thanks

    PR asked 4 months ago

    Hi PR,

    Thanks for getting in touch. Air quality and noise are two areas assessed in an Environment Effects Statement (EES) we are preparing at the moment. 

    The EES will be on public display in the coming months and will include  reports on air quality and noise modelling during construction and once North East Link is operating.

    You can read more about air quality and noise assessments for the EES here http://northeastlink.vic.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0011/327584/EES-Study-Update-Sep-18-Noise-Air.pdf

    The current project design retains access to between Greensborough Road and Drysdale Street, although this would need to be reconfigured to allow for the North East Link interchange. 

    There are no changes planned to the connection between Borlase Street and Lower Plenty Road.

    Under the current project design, residents travelling to and from the Eastern Freeway would be able to get on and off North East Link using tunnel entry and exit ramps near Strathallan Road.

    Entry and exit ramps for trips between the M80 Ring Road would connect to Lower Plenty Road.

    We’ve marked these entry and exit points in the image below.

    The design at this stage is a reference only and will be provided to builders we invite to develop more detailed designs for the project. They may have other ideas for how to design and construct this interchange while maintaining access for local residents to local roads.

    If there is anything else we can help with, please let us know.

    The North East Link team


  • There have been multiple answers as well as a small passage in the community engagement report for AUG - OCT 2017 that claim the project will not preclude potential Doncaster heavy rail in the future. Will/have there be any design provisions made with the Doncaster Busway such that it, or other parts of the Eastern Freeway may be transitioned to a heavy rail line in 15-20 years if potential patronage ever justifies the cost? (grade issues notwithstanding) Or is the non-preclusion merely stating that another corridor or tunnel option could always be procured for Doncaster heavy rail; If ever justified. Or is this something we will have to wait for the ESS for an answer on? Thanks!

    Tom asked 4 months ago

    Hi Tom,

    Thanks for the question. The busway is being designed in a way that would make a transition to rail possible in the future should this be found to be a more viable option.

    The busway would also not preclude other public transport projects, or corridors in the area from being considered and assessed for feasibility.

    The North East Link team


  • Will there be noise barriers installed at the Kooning creek reserve (Carron street section) where the freeway is being widened? At the moment there are no noise barriers.

    Jon asked 4 months ago

    Hi Jon,

    Thanks for getting in touch. We’re proposing to apply a noise standard of 63 decibels along the length of the North East Link project to protect residents and other noise sensitive buildings such as schools from noise.

    The noise standard would cover the upgrades to the Eastern Freeway happening as part of the North East Link project. 

    The proposed project design includes noise walls along Koonung Creek parklands near Carron Street to protect residents from traffic noise.

    You can see an artist impression of this section of the project, including the new noise walls below. If you'd like to see this image in more detail, it's available on our online map here http://northeastlink.vic.gov.au/project 

    Kind regards

    The North East Link team


  • When will it be complete!

    timothy asked 4 months ago

    Hi Timothy,

    We're expecting construction to start in early 2020 with the road opening to traffic in 2027.

    This year we'll be exhibiting an Environment Effects Statement (EES) to inform planning approvals and inviting builders to submit detailed designs and bids to build the project so we can select the best.

    Kind regards

    The North East Link team

  • hi. I live on chapman street macleod. how will the new bicycle lane affect our street? what will be the new changes to our street?

    angela asked 5 months ago

    Hi Angela,

    Thanks for the question. We're investigating potential cycling routes between North East Link and Macleod Station. The route along Chapman Street is one possible option we're looking at, but it's not confirmed yet.

    We'll work with Banyule Council to develop the options further. 

    More information and opportunities for consultation with residents will be available in the future, but this will be happening separately to the main North East Link project works.

    If you'd like to receive updates as work progresses, make sure you're signed up to receive our project newsletters here http://northeastlink.vic.gov.au/news/contact

    Kind regards

    The North East Link team

  • As a visitor to Melbourne over the New Year holidays, I found a lot of freeway structures and bridges to be heavily saturated with graffiti. What urban design choices and techniques will be used to minimize this? As this road will be privately operated and funded, I believe there is less likely for graffiti to remain for long periods given my observations of Eastlink and how fabulous that road is compared with the state road run network.

    Tejas asked 5 months ago

    Hi Tejas,

    Thanks for the question and for your interest in North East Link.

    Road maintenance, including measures to reduce graffiti, is something we are considering as part of developing the urban design strategy for North East Link.

    The urban design strategy will be on display for public comment as part of an Environment Effects Statement this year. If you’d like to receive an email when it’s available to view, make sure you sign up to receive our community updates here http://northeastlink.vic.gov.au/news/contact

    Kind regards

    The North East Link team


  • My friend lives in North Balwyn, near Belle Vue Primary School. How will she be able to access the bus way from her home (by walking, not driving)?

    Balwyn Belle asked 5 months ago

    Hi Balwyn Belle,

    To walk to the busway station at Bulleen your friend would use the new crossing over the Eastern Freeway at Bulleen Road. This would be a new bridge just for walkers and bike riders.

    Once your friend has crossed over the freeway, they would turn right onto a new path that would run next to Thompsons Road and connect into the busway station.

    If you’re interested to talk to one of our team about this part of the project in more detail, you may like to visit our new community hub in Watsonia. You can find address details and opening hours on our website here http://northeastlink.vic.gov.au/community/community-drop-in-sessions

    Kind regards

    The North East Link team


  • I live near in North Balwyn, near Boroondara Primary School. How will I be able to access the busway by walking from my home?

    Balwyn Belle asked 5 months ago

    Hi Balwyn Belle,

    To walk to the busway station at Bulleen from near where you live at Boroondara Primary School you could walk up to the new crossing over the Eastern Freeway at Bulleen Road.

    You would be able to walk up Balwyn Road and through Koonung Creek parklands to get to the crossing.

    Once you’re at Bulleen Road you would use a new separated bridge just for walkers and bike riders to cross the Eastern Freeway. Once you’ve crossed over the freeway, you would turn right onto a new path that would run next to Thompsons Road and connect into the busway station.

    If you prefer to walk to the park and ride at Doncaster, you would walk a similar route to the one you use today.

    Kind regards

    The North East Link team


  • I live near the m80 ring road interchange, what noise considerations will there be for this section, seeing there will be more traffic once it is completed. There is currently no noise mitigation, except for mounds, will there be something implemented?

    John H asked 5 months ago

    Hi John,

    Thanks for the question. A noise standard of 63 decibels would be applied along the length of the project to protect residents and noise sensitive buildings (such as schools) from traffic noise.

    The upgrades to the M80 Ring Road interchange happening as part of North East Link are covered by the project noise standard.

    Our specialists have been monitoring existing noise levels in your area and are looking at what kind of noise management techniques would be needed to meet the project noise standard. These will likely be a combination of a low noise road surface and noise walls.

    The noise standard for North East Link project is consistent with the noise standard recently adopted for the West Gate Tunnel project - the toughest applied in Victoria to date.

    Kind regards

    The North East Link team

  • At Bulleen Road - what provisions are proposed for pedestrian access from North Balwyn to the bus station /bus-way?

    Balwyn Belle asked 5 months ago

    Hi Balwyn Belle,

    Thanks for the question. The current project design includes a new bridge for walkers and bike riders over the Eastern Freeway. Walking from Balwyn North you could use the new bridge to cross the freeway and then turn right onto a new path that runs next to Thompsons Road and connects down to the busway station.

    If there us anything else we can help with, please let us know.

    The North East Link team


  • How many trees will be removed? Will you be replacing more than you remove? Where will they go?

    B asked 5 months ago

    Hi B.

    Thanks for the question.

    Minimising impacts on communities and the environment are guiding principles for the North East Link project.

    Similar projects to North East Link have required builders to minimise tree loss, put tree protection plans in place and rehabilitate areas after construction. We’re still working through assessing the impacts likely as part of this project and the requirements we’ll need to place on builders to manage these.

    This year environmental scientists have been surveying the project area to assess existing conditions and investigate impacts and are now preparing reports for an Environment Effects Statement (EES).

    The EES will include reports on Arboriculture and Ecology and be on display for public comment next year.

    If you’d like to be notified with the EES goes on display, please make sure you’re signed up to receive our project updates here http://northeastlink.vic.gov.au/news/contact

    Kind regards

    The North East Link team

  • Hello, this is Haiping Tang, I would like to know how the northeastlink project will affect viewbank colleague and the houses along the warren road? Thanks

    Haiping Tang asked 5 months ago

    Hi Haiping,

    Thanks for getting in touch. As part of the project planning work happening now we’re investigating a broad area where the North East Link tunnels could be built.

    Our online map here http://northeastlink.vic.gov.au/project shows the area where the tunnels could be built as well as a possible route.

    With the tunnel route currently shown, the North East Link tunnels would be near Warren Road and Viewbank College, but not directly underneath.

    The final tunnel alignment will be determined by the project builders later next year.

    The section of tunnel between Lower Plenty Road and Manningham Road would be built using Tunnel Boring Machines (TBMs).

    TBMs are very effective at reducing vibration and many people living and working above the tunnels may not notice construction happening underground.

    If you are interested to read more about tunnelling, our Construction fact sheet online has information about TBMs.

    http://northeastlink.vic.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0008/327581/EES-Study-Update-Sep-18-Construction.pdf 

    Kind regards

    The North East Link team


  • When can we expect to get a proper look at what will be happening at the Lower Plenty Interchange? The current "artistic impression" does not provide sufficient detail to show what is happening near the intersection with Rosanna road. My other question is why does the current picture show a greatly widened Lower Plenty road if the proposed NE link is supposed to be removing a large amount of the traffic from Rosanna Road?

    treegirl7 asked 5 months ago

    Hi treegirl7,

    Works on Lower Plenty Road near the new North East Link interchange are shown as a grey shaded area on our online map here http://northeastlink.vic.gov.au/project

    We’ve pasted a screen shot of this section of the map below and marked the start and end points of the works on Lower Plenty Road with yellow circles to help show where these are planned.

    There are no works planned for the existing intersection between Lower Plenty Road and Rosanna Road.


    Traffic modelling so far has found that North East Link would take around 11,000 vehicles off Rosanna Road a day – including 75% less trucks.

    The works on Lower Plenty Road near the new North East Link interchange are to reconfigure existing lanes and add new turning lanes to separate local traffic moving between Lower Plenty Road and Greensborough Road from traffic entering and exiting the North East Link tunnels. This will help keep traffic in this area flowing freely.

    Kind regards

    The North East Link team


  • Follow up to my previous question about heavy rail submitted a few days ago. Would you confirm that after this project is completed there will be no possibility of a heavy rail system from the City to Doncaster and beyond because the 40+ year old rail reservation will be taken over by extra freeway lanes?

    asked 6 months ago

    Hi David,

    We’re delivering on Infrastructure Victoria’s strategic planning advice to deliver major improvements to bus services along the Eastern Freeway.

    The busway does not prevent the possibility for a rail option should this be recommended in the future.

    Kind regards

    The North East Link team.


  • Your second map marker states "Grimshaw St and Watsonia shops" Grimshaw St is approx 1/2 K from Watsonia shops. The neraest Grimshaw shops to Watsonia's strip are about 2.5 ks apart. Please clarify this error.

    Markwatsy asked 6 months ago

    Hi Mark,

    Thanks for getting in touch. The marker describes the broad area people can see when they click through to a more detailed map.

    During our first design update in April/May, we received lots of questions from people asking how they would travel between the shops, station and Grimshaw Street.

    When developing the online map for our September design update we wanted to clearly label where to click to best find this information.

    We hope this helps explain the thinking behind calling the label ‘Grimshaw Street and Watsonia shops’.

    Kind regards

    The North East Link team


  • Where will the heavy rail line from Clifton Hill to Doncaster and beyond via the Eastern Freeway central reservation be situated after the projects completion? This would connect at Doncaster Shoppingtown with the State Government's other plan - the Suburban Rail Loop.

    David Allen asked 6 months ago

    Hi David,

    Thanks for the question.

    The upgrades to the Eastern Freeway happening as part of North East Link include a busway to make getting to and from the city faster and easier.

    The busway would provide dedicated lanes for buses from Doncaster Park and Ride to Hoddle Street and two park and rides. One at Doncaster and one at Bulleen.

    Infrastructure Victoria’s 30 year strategy, which is guiding how our city grows in the decades to come, recommended against rail along the Eastern Freeway. It recommended upgrading Doncaster Area Rapid Transit (DART) bus system to support increased demand and improve reliability of services.

    Work on the Suburban Rail Loop, which provides a ring around Melbourne rather than routes in and out of the city, is proposed to start with developing a business case for the project. The location for the station at Doncaster would be further explored as part of this process as well as detailed technical and planning work.

    Kind regards

    The North East Link team


  • I have 2 immediate concerns about this project, but first I have to say that I think the North-East link is a good idea in principle. Concern No 1: I live in Valda Avenue Mont Albert Nth not far from Belmore Rd, and because of some quirk in the landscape we get quite a bit of freeway noise (particularly in wet weather) even though we are about 500m away. What do you propose in the way of noise abatement, considering that the freeway will grow from the present 8 lanes to 12 lanes west the of Elgar Rd offramp? Concern No 2: Thinking about the increase from 8 to 12 lanes, I think the illustration of the Koonung Creek wetlands bridge is misleading, in that it does not realistically show the final width of the freeway in that location.

    Jim M asked 6 months ago

    Hi Jim,

    Thanks for getting in touch. We’re planning to apply a noise standard of 63 decibels along the Eastern Freeway upgrades happening as part of North East Link to protect residents and noise sensitive buildings (such as schools) from noise.

    This is an improvement on the current noise standard that applies along the Eastern Freeway.

    New noise walls would be built where needed to protect residents living next to the Eastern Freeway and low-noise road surfacing would also be considered to help minimise noise.

    The artist impressions we use are created using an accurate 3D model of existing conditions. We then place 3D engineering designs into this model so we can produce reliable representations of designs including widths of roads and heights of bridges and ramps.

    If you are interested to see more information about the width of the freeway at this location, our online map here http://northeastlink.vic.gov.au/project shows the finished edge of the upgraded Eastern Freeway over a satellite image of the Eastern Freeway today so you can compare the two.

    If there is anything else we can help with, please let us know.

    Kind regards

    The North East Link team


  • Hi, I can see on the interactive map a new on-road bike path is proposed for Nell St and Nell St West which I think is a great idea. However it is not clear how this bike path connects or continues over the North East Link Freeway. It appears the bike path comes to an end at Greensborough Rd. Are cyclists realiant on crossing the freeway at the new DDA compliant pedestrian bridge? Could you please provide more information from a cyclists perspective of how one will continue along Nell St and Nell St West and negotiate crossing Greensborough Rd and the new freeway. Thankyou.

    Daniel asked 6 months ago

    Hi Daniel,

    Thanks for the question. Cyclists would use the new DDA compliant bridge to cross Greensborough Road and North East Link.

    If you were riding a bike from Nell St towards Nell St West you would turn right at the end of Nell St and use a new path to ride up towards Teresa Street (about 200 metres).

    New DDA compliant ramps would take you up to the new bridge which would cross Greensborough Road and North East Link.

    DDA compliant ramps on the other side would land near Nell Street West and connect to new walking and cycling paths running north and south, as well as the on-road bike route along Nell Street West.

    We’ve looked at whether it is possible to locate the new Nell Street bridge in the same location as the existing bridge and have found this would acquire homes.

    If there are any other questions we can help with, please let us know.

    Kind regards

    The North East Link team


  • How is this fixing the missing link in Melbourne's freeway network. The missing link is the difficulty I have in traveling from the west to the east and vice versa every single day. This plan does not address this and does not appear to assist with this in any way, shape or form. When will an infrastructure project address that issue?

    Johns asked 6 months ago

    Hi Johns,

    Thanks for the question. North East Link was identified by Infrastructure Victoria as the state’s priority road project. It fixes the missing link in Melbourne’s freeway network between the M80 Ring Road and the Eastern Freeway.

    If you are interested to see what other infrastructure projects have been recommended by Infrastructure Victoria, you can read more in their 30 year plan for the state here http://infrastructurevictoria.com.au/sites/default/files/images/IV_30_Year_Strategy_WEB_V2.pdf

    Kind regards

    The North East Link team


  • Willl the new North East link connect to suburbs such as Lilydale, Mooroolbark, Chirnside Park or close. Also is there going to be a Healesville Freeway?

    Kaleb asked 6 months ago

    Hi Kaleb,

    Thanks for the question. North East Link will connect the M80 Ring Road in Greensborough to the Eastern Freeway near Bulleen Road. 

    People who live in Lilydale, Mooroolbark and Chirnside Park would be able to connect to EastLink and the Eastern Freeway at Ringwood and continue through to connect with North East Link near Bulleen Road. From there, they would continue all the way up to the M80 Ring Road.

    You can find a map showing where North East Link is planned to be built here http://northeastlink.vic.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0020/333614/North-East-Link-Melways-Map-October-2018.pdf

    Lots which comprise the Healesville Freeway Reserve started being transferred from VicRoads to the Department of Environment Land Water and Planning in 2017. Work is happening now to transform the land from road reserve to designated parkland. You can find out more here https://engage.vic.gov.au/healesville-freeway-reserve

    Kind regards

    The North East Link team


  • Where can we access the traffic management plan for roads around the Yallambie area during the period of construction. In particular Yallambie road, Elder street and Henry street.

    local citizen asked 6 months ago

    Thanks for the question local citizen,

    This level of detail will be available much later on in the project. 

    At the moment we're preparing the impact assessments and design work needed for planning approvals. The project builders will then develop a more detailed design. This will include finalising how construction would be staged and developing appropriate traffic management plans. 

    Once project builders have been appointed later next year, they would be required to consult with VicRoads on the traffic management plans and to notify residents of any changes to local roads and paths. 

    Kind regards

    The North East Link team

  • We are looking at Purchasing in Balwyn North. How will 14 Carron St in Balwyn North be affected? It has land / parkway opposite which is adjacent to the freeway. How can a more detailed map be viewed as it is difficult/ impossible to see effects from what is shown here.

    Warren Halliday asked 6 months ago

    Thanks for getting in touch Warren,

    The section of the Eastern Freeway near Carron Street would be widened to accommodate new lanes for traffic entering and exiting North East Link and a new busway that would run along the freeway. A new park and ride bus station is planned to be built near Bulleen Road to make accessing public transport to travel to and from the city easier.

    The project map online uses a satellite image to show where the finished edge of the proposed upgrades to the Eastern Freeway would be. The existing edge of the Eastern Freeway can be seen underneath. The existing walking and cycling bridge across the Eastern Freeway as well as the path on the southern side would need to be rebuilt as part of the project.

    Carron Street can be seen in the artist impression included with the online map. We’ve included a copy below with the streets labelled if this helps.

    In addition to the permanent loss of some of the parkland and trees on the south side of the freeway, there would be some disruptions during construction including noise, dust and movement of construction vehicles. These impacts would be managed by requirements placed on the project builders. You can read more about potential construction disruptions and management approaches here http://northeastlink.vic.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0008/327581/EES-Study-Update-Sep-18-Construction.pdf

    Once the upgraded Eastern Freeway is operating a noise standard of 63 decibels would apply to protect residents from noise. New noise walls would be built as part of the upgrades to the Eastern Freeway near Carron Street.

    If there is anything else we can help with, please give our team a call on 1800 105 105

    Kind regards

    The North East Link team


  • Could you please tell us exactly what streets you will be tunneling under to build the tunnels between greensborough rd and bulleen rd. I would like to know if my house will have a freeway running under it!! Your plans are sketch st best and don’t show anything rather than an entry point at blamey rd and exit at bulleen. Specifically the tunnel going south please.

    chris22 asked 6 months ago

    Hi Chris 22,

    Thanks for getting in touch. The project map online here shows a study area were the tunnels could be built and an indicative route http://northeastlink.vic.gov.au/project

    The final tunnel alignment will be determined during the detailed design stage of the project by the project builders later next year.

    Modelling is being undertaken to predict the levels of vibration that might be experienced at properties above the tunnel and to assess predicted levels against relevant Australian and international standards relating to amenity and structural integrity.

    Tunnel boring machines (TBMs) are very effective at reducing vibration and many people living and working above the tunnels may not notice construction happening underground.

    Vibration may be felt in some areas while the TBMs pass beneath. The duration of the vibration will depend on how long it takes the TBM to move through the area.

    The rate TBMs can progress depends on a range of factors including ground conditions. This means the North East Link TBMs may pass under some areas more quickly than others. They are expected to travel about 10 metres a day.

    Vibration would be carefully managed and monitored during construction to minimise impacts to buildings above.

    Specialists would also survey buildings predicted to be exposed to vibration before tunnelling. They would assess building conditions so that, if required, measures could be used to prevent damage. Building conditions would also be assessed after construction.

    If you are worried about your home now, please give us a call on 1800 105 105 so a member of our landowner team can speak with you.

    Kind regards

    The North East Link team


  • Hi, I live on a side street of Greensborough Road’s northern end. I’m looking for confirmation that sound proofing will run between the Grimshaw and Elder St sections of NE link. The modelling has’nt given any clarity regarding how this section will be treated as yet and what impact it will have, will Greensborough Rd be extended past Temby St to Elder St, will that then become a rat race, as the residents would like to see the speed limits and speed humps retained on Greensborough Rd. I’d also like to see the modelling regarding the bike link as I believe that we would be able to ride from the Vet Surgery, following the link to the Yarra Trail. Cheers

    Chris Hall asked 6 months ago

    Hi Chris,

    Thanks for the question. A noise standard of 63 decibels would apply along the project alignment to protect homes and other noise sensitive buildings such as schools from noise.

    Noise modelling to determine the location and height of noise walls is still happening, but we expect that noise walls would be needed along North East Link between Grimshaw Street and Elder Street to protect residents from noise.

    You can see an artist impressions of noise walls along this section of the new road below.

    Greensborough Highway would be rebuilt on both sides of North East Link. The Greensborough Road that connects to Temby Street would stay a local road. It wouldn’t be reconfigured to connect all the way to Elder Street.

    The new walking and cycling paths would let you ride all the way from the vet surgery down to a new underpass under Lower Plenty Road which would connect to River Gun Walk and the Main Yarra Trail.

    Kind regards

    The North East Link team


  • Can you supply a proper map with orientation and street names so we can make head or tail of your proposition.

    Ilona asked 6 months ago

    Hi Ilona,

    Thanks for getting in touch. This map of the project will be helpful if you're interested in a general overview of where North East Link would be built. http://northeastlink.vic.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0020/333614/North-East-Link-Melways-Map-October-2018.pdf

    If you would like to see more detail, our online project map uses a satellite base and can be zoomed in quite close http://northeastlink.vic.gov.au/project 

    If there is a particular area of the project you are interested in and can't find what you are looking for online, please give us a call on 1800 105 105.

    Kind regards

    The North East Link team

  • Hello Where are the ventilatiopn stacks for the NEL tunnel section? Thanks Andrew

    AJP asked 6 months ago

    Hi Andrew,

    The ventilation structures would be located at the tunnel entry/exit portals. 

    There would be one at the northern portal on land currently owned by Simpson Barracks near Blamey Road and one at the southern portal next to Bulleen Road near the Eastern Freeway.

    You can see artist impressions of the locations an idea for what the ventilation structures could look like on our online map here http://northeastlink.vic.gov.au/project. We’ve included some below for you too.

    Kind regards

    The North East Link team



  • Hi, l have looked at the video of the North East link and have to admit its great to finally see some positive moves towards relieving the congestion that exists. On the other hand l am frustrated by the fact that the link will be right in the heart of the current congestion and not an “outer ring” of Melbourne,as the original “ring road” was designed. Added to this is the fact that so many of the trucks transporting dangerous goods to and from the eastern side of Melbourne will be unable to use the link because it uses tunnels. Why would the link not be designed to travel around Ringwood in an open air design to enable so many more vehicles to use it, keeping the dangerous goods vehicles out of the smaller residential roads and away from the hazards of mixing with smaller vehicles in more confined areas? Going back many years ago l am sure that a corridor of land was left available at the end of the Greensborough bypass running out towards Ringwood The planned NorthEast link does not allow traffic to move and disperse but more directs traffic into what is already a heavily congested area. Your thoughts and opinion please

    Matt asked 6 months ago

    Hi Matt,

    Thanks for getting in touch and for your questions – they’re good ones and get asked often.

    The location for North East Link was determined last year through a process which compared different options against assessment measures. We agree that a key outcome for North East Link needs to be easing congestion and getting trucks off local roads and these were areas included in the assessment measures.

    The corridor that is going ahead performed best overall. It best caters for where people and goods move from and to and is the most effective at taking cars and trucks off local roads, particularly some of the most congested roads in Melbourne’s north-east, such as Rosanna Road and Greensborough Road.

    A road further east connecting near Ringwood would have taken around 500-1,000 vehicles a day off Rosanna Road and 500-1,000 vehicles a day off Greensborough Road between Blamey Road and Watsonia Road.

    The project corridor that is going ahead is expected to take 9,000-11,000 vehicles a day off Rosanna Road and 20,000-30,000 vehicles a day off Greensborough Road between Blamey Road and Watsonia Road. For Rosanna Road, this is a 75% reduction in truck traffic.

    All of the corridor options considered needed tunnels to protect residential and sensitive environmental areas.

    Placarded loads won’t be able to use the North East Link tunnels, but they will be able to use above ground sections of the new road.

    A road further east wouldn’t have integrated with existing over-dimension and placarded load networks. Placarded loads wouldn’t have had routes available to divert around the tunnels and would have been unlikely to use the above ground sections in between.

    While the ability of the corridor to carry placarded loads was considered in the assessment measures, it’s important to remember that trucks carrying placarded loads represent around 2% of the total truck fleet.

    Making sure North East Link considers future population growth is an important part of our planning for the project.

    A road further east would have weaved through the urban growth boundary and worked contrary to strategic plans in place to control how and where Melbourne will grow in the decades to come.

    If you are interested to read more, a detailed summary of the corridor assessment process and findings is available on our website here http://northeastlink.vic.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0003/308172/NEL-Business-Case-Appendix-D.pdf

    Kind regards

    The North East Link team


  • While building the link there have been temporary bollards put in place closing down lanes of Diamond Creek Road on the city side of Aqueduct Road. Can something like temporary bollards be put in place separating the south bound right-hand turning lanes to the Western Ring Road on the Greensborough Bypass? Every time I use the Greensborough Bypass so many cars bank up to push in to the right turning lanes leading to M80. It is dangerous and people take huge risks to push in front of right hand turning trucks & cars. If bollards / physical road partitions were in place it may make our road trips safer. This morning the pusherinerers were about 8 deep and closed down an entire south-bound lane while waiting for a gap to push into.

    Kaye asked 6 months ago

    Hi Kaye,

    Thanks for the question. Construction for North East Link is expected to start in 2020. At the moment we’re working on the studies and design work needed for planning approvals.

    The bollards you can see at the moment are part of upgrades to Yan Yean Road VicRoads is managing.

    We’ve spoken to VicRoads about the issues you’re having with traffic pushing in to turn right from Greensborough Bypass to the Ring Road. They’re aware of the issue and are looking at possible solutions.

    The project design for North East Link would remove the traffic lights at the M80 Ring Road to keep traffic flowing and avoid queues.

    Kind regards

    The North East Link team


  • I live approx. 200 metres north of the Eastern freeway, between Springvale Rd and Blackburn Rd. Currently the noise coming off the freeway is extraordinarily loud. I have lived there for just on 20 years and the noise was bearable until Eastlink opened up about 10 years ago. I'm concerned that with the added lanes and added traffic, particularly semi-trailers, that will travel this section of the freeway once NELA opens up, that the noise will be even worse again. is there anything being done to address this ? I would be more than happy for noise assessments to be done from my property.

    GT21 asked 6 months ago

    Hi GT21,

    Thanks for getting in touch. We’re planning on applying a noise standard of 63 decibels for the North East Link project to protect residents and noise sensitive buildings such as schools. The noise standard would apply to the upgrades to the Eastern Freeway and provide better protection for residents in areas where a noise standard of 68 decibels currently applies.

    Our specialists are looking at what sort of noise management measures would be needed along the Eastern Freeway to meet a noise standard of 63 decibels. This includes looking at where existing noise walls would need to be upgraded, or where new noise would need to be built.

    Kind regards

    The North East Link team


  • Hi. I recently traveled by train from Southern Cross station to Wangaratta and was shocked to see so much rubbish littering the area between rail line and the adjacent properties. This rubbish trail was mainly concentrated outside industrial and suburban areas and went for klms. Surely there's a better way to manage this problem? How often are clean- ups organised? What about suppling free skip bins?, Cameras and fines for offenders? It really seems like nobody cares about this situation and turn a blind eye to it. Pete

    Super Natural asked 7 months ago

    Hi Pete,

    Thanks for getting in touch. North East Link Authority is responsible for planning and overseeing construction of a new road that will link the M80 Ring Road to the Eastern Freeway.

    We've passed your feedback about your trip on the Wangaratta train line to Public Transport Victoria so they can respond.

    Kind regards

    The North East Link team


  • If the Liberals win the election will north east link be built?

    questionier asked 7 months ago

    Thanks for the question,

    Our job as the North East Link Authority is to do the best job possible to plan the project, including the technical studies and design work needed for the planning and approvals process.

    Information from the major political parties about their position on the project is available on their respective websites. 

    Kind regards

    The North East Link team

  • Thanks for your timely response below. Regarding the tunnel limitation, I’m afraid that if you can’t tunnel all the way through the suburb, then the corridor chosen is simply the wrong one and continuing to pursue it is do do so at the expense (and to the detriment) of the local residents, who won’t be compensated for it. I believe it’s simply an unethical position. As far as the rat-run problem goes, I think your organisation has profoundly underestimated the “pull” factor that comes with a freeway entrance/exit. And a freeway entry/exit in the middle of a residential suburb is inevitably going to bring substantial traffic through the suburb and segregate the community even further. How can this be considered even remotely reasonable and what is the justification for this decision? It really is salt in the wound for locals. Regards

    CMF asked 7 months ago

    Hi CMF,

    Thanks for the follow up questions. The corridor that is proceeding for North East Link is the one that best met the assessment criteria developed and used last year to measure how different options performed.

    Community input helped inform the assessment criteria, which included measures such as getting trucks off local roads, easing congestion and slashing travel times, improving access to employment and study opportunities, improving walking, cycling and public transport options and minimising impacts on communities and the environment.

    The corridor that is going ahead is the one that best met the assessment criteria overall – and delivered the outcomes communities told us they want from this project.

    A project like North East Link brings enormous benefits, but there will also be impacts and we appreciate that this can be difficult for some.

    A key guiding principle for our project team is to minimise impacts on communities and the project design includes a number of approaches to keep communities in your area connected such as keeping North East Link as low as possible to pass it under green bridges and local roads. There are also significant upgrades to walking and bike riding links, including completing strategic cycling corridors outlined in local council plans.

    Our urban design strategy also includes a strong focus on recognising and responding to the local character of the area, particularly native planting and trees.

    Planning approvals for North East Link will be informed by an Environment Effects Statement (EES).

    This is Victoria’s most transparent and rigorous impact assessment process. Specialists are currently working across 18 different study areas to assess impacts (positive and negative) and to develop approaches to avoid, manage or mitigate negative impacts.

    Traffic and transport is one of the study areas being assessed and we are looking closely at predicted changes to traffic on local roads.

    From our modelling, we know that North East Link will take a significant amount cars and trucks that currently use local roads in your area to travel between the Ring Road and the Eastern Freeway off these streets and put them on a motorway where they belong.

    Our traffic modelling is also looking at changes to traffic on roads near interchanges for North East Link.

    The findings from our traffic studies will be included in the EES and on display for you to read in full next year.

    You will also be able to read a report on issues raised by community members and how we have responded.

    As part of the EES public display, the Minster for Planning will appoint an independent panel to hear submissions from community members and stakeholders. You can read more about the EES process on our website here http://northeastlink.vic.gov.au/environment/environment-effects-statement-ees

    If you would like to know when the EES goes on display, please make sure you are signed up to receive our project updates here http://northeastlink.vic.gov.au/news/contact

    Kind regards

    The North East Link team


  • As a Macleod resident, this design shows a complete and utter disregard for the impact to local residents, specifically : 1) the design shows on ramps and off ramps at Lower Plenty and Strathallan Road. Having entry ways opposite Strathallan road will encourage huge cut-through traffic through suburban Macleod. Is this really necessary considering there are also an entrance in Watsonia? 2) if you’re adding a freeway next to the existing Greensborough Highway then why can’t the highway be reduced to a service road to protect Macleod residents? Allowing motorists to use either the highway or the freeway and use cut throughs is going to reduce Macleod to a rat run suburb. It really shows no regard for locals. 3) will the local Macleod roads be turned into cul-de-sacs to reduce local traffic? Particularly abutting Greensborough Highway? If not why not? 4) why can’t the tunnel be lengthened past Macleod, to the north? Why should residents have to put up with a trench through their suburb with all the dirt and noise that goes with it? Regards

    CMF asked 7 months ago

    Hi CMF,

    Thanks for the question. The point you raise about the location of entry and exit ramps near Strathallan Road is a good one. This is why the project design (as you have suggested) includes a service road to distance homes on Strathallan Road as well as Edward Street and Sydney Street from the interchange and prevent these roads from being used as a rat run to and from North East Link. We’ve been speaking with residents on and near Strathallan Road to seek their views on this change to their access to Greensborough Road.

    Connections between other local roads and Greensborough Road would remain to allow residents to move about their local area as they do today.

    The Hurstbridge Rail line limits how far we can tunnel north. We need to leave enough of a buffer between the bottom of the rail line and the top of the road tunnel. A tunnel this deep would result in a steep incline up to the interchange at Grimshaw Street.

    We’re planning to apply a noise standard of 63 decibels to protect residents and noise sensitive buildings along the project alignment. The noise standard would apply to the trench and this is being considered in our noise studies and modelling for an Environment Effects Statement (EES). Our specialists are also assessing the project against EPA Victoria’s air quality requirements as part of the EES.

    The findings from our EES studies and the project design will be on display for public comment next year.

    Kind regards

    The North East Link team.


  • In regard to what appears to be 4 new bridges close to where Bulleen Road crosses the Eastern Freeway, how do you propose limiting the impact of traffic noise from the bridges to nearby residents? Please bear in mind that a large number of houses in Bulleen and North Balwyn will overlook the bridges . At present in this area noise levels are high from traffic on the Bulleen Road Bridge and it appears the level of noise will rise to unacceptable levels. Also how do you propose to visually limit the impact of the bridges in the present green landscape? As well, the drawing of the proposed inter change makes the area look like a concrete jungle with little space remaining for tree planting.

    Near Belle Vue asked 7 months ago

    Hi Near Belle Vue,

    Thanks for getting in touch. We’re planning to introduce a noise standard of 63 decibels to protect residents and other noise sensitive buildings such as schools along the entire alignment of the new road as well as the upgrades to the Eastern Freeway and M80 Ring Road.

    The noise standard of 63 decibels will apply to the ramps at the interchange between North East Link and the Eastern Freeway.

    As part of the Environment Effects Statement (EES) being prepared for the project, noise specialists are modelling predicted changes to noise levels and recommending the kind of noise mitigation measures that will be needed to achieve the project noise standard. This includes low-noise road treatments and noise walls. At some locations noise treatment, such as double glazed windows, may be required for individual properties.

    We still have more work to do to finish the noise modelling and the findings from our studies will be included in the EES when it goes on display for public comment next year.

    Visual impacts are also being studied as part of the EES and an Urban Design Strategy will guide the project builders to develop designs that fit with the local character and minimise visual impacts for residents. We’ve heard from people across the project area how important planting is to screen and filter views of road infrastructure and this is a key focus of the Urban Design Strategy.

    More information about the project design and the Urban Design Strategy will also be on display with the EES for public comment next year.

    Kind regards

    The North East Link team


  • The Eastern Freeway still dies at Hoodle Street. Isn't doing something about this more pressing? Fix up that with some priority bus lanes would seem to hit the masses better.

    Peter50s asked 7 months ago

    Hi Peter50s,

    North East Link meets a priority need for a motorway connection for people and goods travelling between Melbourne’s north and east/south-east. It is not expected to significantly change traffic volumes at the Hoddle Street end of the Eastern Freeway.

    We’ll pass your feedback about existing traffic conditions at the Hoddle Street end of the Eastern Freeway on to VicRoads.

    Kind regards

    The North East Link team


  • Does the latest design include an entry towards the Eastern Freeway from the Lower Plenty Road and Greensborough road intersection?

    Stefano DS asked 7 months ago

    Hi Stefano,

    Thanks for the question. The interchange at Lower Plenty Road includes an entry and exit ramps towards the Eastern Freeway and the Ring Road.

    We’ve shown the entry and exit points to travel to and from the Eastern Freeway in the image below.

    If there is anything else we can help with, please let us know.

    Kind regards

    The North East Link team


  • will homes on thompsons rd lwr templestowe be effected by new links?

    kare asked 7 months ago

    Hi Kare,

    Thanks for the question. Templestowe Lower is outside the North East Link project area and there would not be any direct impacts on homes in this suburb.

    You can see a project map on our website here http://northeastlink.vic.gov.au/project

    Kind regards

    The North East Link team


  • Between the Ring road and Watsonia station, you have a couple of lanes for Greensborough Highway that are seperate from the North East Link. My question is, why bother? Why not connect it onto the link, but make local trips free? Like, you could have a no toll section between Watsonia station and the Ring road. This would cut down on the need for the massive interchange near the Ring Road with roads going in all directions. You have roads going around roads, and all just to allow a lane for Greensborough Highway to still exist. It's a mess, when instead you could just significantly widen the North East Link.

    BezLovesFreeways asked 7 months ago

    Hi BezLovesFreeways,

    Thanks for the question. Our reference design has been developed to separate through traffic on North East Link from traffic making shorter local trips between local roads. Keeping these two kinds of different trips separate helps keep intersections between local roads open, and helps keep traffic on North East Link flowing by reducing merging and weaving at entry and exit points that can cause congestion.

    We’ll be taking our reference design out to market next year and inviting builders to improve the design and submit bids to build their proposals. They may have different ideas for how to provide for local and motorway movements and keep traffic flowing.

    Kind regards

    The North East Link team


  • With the proposed busway along the Eastern Freeway, I am wondering if it would be possible to have a bus stop at the intersection of Burke Rd and the Freeway so that nearby residents living north and south of the Yarra could walk along Burke Rd to catch the bus. Thank you

    williabj asked 7 months ago

    Thanks for the question Williabj,

    We’re working with Transport for Victoria to develop designs for the busway and are leaving the possibility for a stop near Burke Road as an option they can consider in the future. We’ll pass your feedback about this option on to Transport for Victoria.

    Kind regards

    The North East Link team


  • Will tolls be introduced on the current section of the Eastern Freeway or just on the new section of the Northeast link? How much could we expect to pay from Bulleen to the Airport?

    Simone asked 7 months ago

    Thanks for the question Simone,

    The Eastern Freeway and the M80 Ring Road will not be tolled.

    The new road between the Eastern Freeway and the M80 Ring Road will be tolled. We still have more work to do to determine where the toll points will be and the pricing structure.

    The tolls will likely be equivalent to other toll roads in Melbourne.

    Kind regards

    The North East Link team

  • Have you learnt the lessons of Sydney's M5 East tunnel? The Melbourne NE Link will have potentially 100,000 cars and trucks a day at its busiest time, it's vital managing emissions is designed and done right now. https://www.smh.com.au/environment/m5-east-one-of-worlds-worst-tunnels-20081107-gdt1vx.html - Will vents be adequate for such a long tunnel? - Will there be particulate filtration system of sufficient capacity for traffic volumes in 10-30 years? - Will there be environment monitoring of emissions? - Will the environment monitoring of emissions in the tunnel, at the exits and at the vents being in real time, publicly accessible online?

    Tom asked 7 months ago

    Hi Tom,

    Thanks for the questions and the link to the article about emission levels in the M5 tunnel in Sydney.

    The ventilation systems for North East Link tunnels will be designed to meet Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) Victoria air quality requirements.

    Victoria’s air quality standards for pollutants such as fine particles are consistent with World Health Organisation guidelines and are among the most stringent in the world.

    As part of the Environment Effects Statement (EES) being prepared for the project, specialists are analysing and evaluating changes to air quality conditions in the vicinity of the project. The findings from the modelling will be available when the EES goes on display for public comment next year.

    The draft Environmental Performance Requirements (EPRs) the project will need to meet, such as ongoing air quality monitoring, will also be included in the EES for public comment.

    It’s important to note that while improvements in vehicle technology and tighter regulations mean that even with more people living in Melbourne and more cars and trucks on the roads, traffic pollution is expected to significantly decrease by 2030.

    The air quality monitoring for North East Link is taking a conservative approach and assuming that there will be no reduction in vehicle emissions associated with improvements to technology and regulations.

    Kind regards

    The North East Link team


  • Will there be consideration to make the current design 3 lanes each way to 4? currently we know our infrastructure cannot survive with just 3 lanes on a major road such as a freeway

    Stvalgirl asked 7 months ago

    Thanks for the question Stavgirl,

    Our traffic modelling has found that three lanes each way will be sufficient to cater for future demand.

    Kind regards

    The North East Link team.


  • What becomes of Greensborough Road in the plans?

    JA asked 7 months ago

    Thanks for the question JA,

    Between Lower Plenty Road and Watsonia Road, Greensborough Road would run next to a lowered North East Link. You could use it as you do today.

    At Watsonia Road, North East Link would be built where Greensborough Road is today and Greensborough Road would be rebuilt on both sides.

    Connections between Greensborough Road and Elder Street, Grimshaw Street, the Ring Road and Greensborough Bypass would still exist but be reconfigured.

    Greensborough Road would stay toll free.

    You can see artist impressions for the project on our website here http://northeastlink.vic.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0010/328465/EarlyDesignSchematicsAndArtistImpressions-Sept-2018.pdf

    If there is anything else we can help with, please let us know.

    Kind regards

    The North East Link team


  • Hi, On the map I received in the mail this week the outbound entrance at Chandler Hwy is missing! Is this a mistake?

    Sam asked 7 months ago

    Thanks for the question Sam,

    Don't worry, the outbound entry ramp at Chandler Highway will still be there. 

    We used a Melways base for our project map which didn't include this level of detail. 

    We've updated the online version of our project map.

    Kind regards

    The North East Link team

  • Thanks for responding to my earlier question regarding providing a more detailed map and the placement of infrastructure around the YJFL, Bulleen playing fields and Carey Sports facilities. I don't believe the maps are sufficiently detailed to identify what the impact will be on the owners/users of these facilities but I can see from one of the videos that the emission stack has been placed immediately adjacent to the YJFL, the Bulleen playing fields and the Carey sports grounds. Not only is an emission stack highly unattractive but the health risks posed to those exercising nearby are not acceptable. Given the number of children and adults playing sport in this vicinity, how can this be deemed an appropriate location for an emission stack?

    Jerome asked 7 months ago

    Thanks for the follow up question Jerome,

    Well-designed ventilation outlets are proven to be very effective at safely dispersing vehicle emissions from tunnels high into the atmosphere.

    Tunnels can also help reduce air pollution along road corridors by moving traffic off surface roads near where people live and putting traffic underground where emissions can be collected and dispersed more effectively high above ground level.

    The tunnel ventilation structures for North East Link will be designed to meet EPA Victoria’s air quality requirements and specialists are currently assessing air quality as part of the Environment Effects Statement (EES) being prepared for the project.

    You’ll be able to view the findings from the air quality studies and modelling when the EES goes on display for public comment next year.

    Kind regards

    The North East Link team


  • Will the ring road from before Plenty Road to the Greensborough By pass be completed as part of this project, at present the single lane entry onto the ring road when travelling north is extremely hazardous as two lanes of traffic attempt to merge to one entry lane.

    M asked 7 months ago

    Hi M,

    Thanks for the question. The North East Link project includes a new free-flowing interchange between the Ring Road, Greensborough Bypass and North East Link.

    The new interchange would include upgrades to the Ring Road up to Plenty Road. We’re planning new lanes to separate traffic travelling to different destinations. This will reduce merging and weaving and ease congestion.

    The upgrades planned as part of North East Link won’t extend further west than Plenty Road.

    If there is anything else we can help with please let us know.

    Kind regards

    The North East Link team


  • Where will the northern tunnel-mouth be located ?

    Mark Wilson asked 7 months ago

    Thanks for the question Mark,

    The northern tunnel portal would be located under Blamey Road in Yallambie.

    Kind regards

    The North East Link team

  • Hi I would like to know what percentage of the funding is going towards commuter cycle and walking infrastructure. Given that over 5.4% of Melbournians walk or cycle to work and the whole intent of this project is to remove congestion I would expect it would be over 5% of the funding however from the plans it seems only token efforts at this stage to link commuter cycle networks.

    Pony asked 7 months ago

    Thanks for the question Pony,

    While a % equivalent like the one you propose would be a simple way to measure investment in walking and cycling infrastructure, a basic dollar value of money spent is not necessarily the best way to assess the value of the actual infrastructure provided, including the return delivered.

    The 25 kilometres of new or improved walking and cycling paths proposed as part of the North East Link project are based around fixing strategic missing gaps in the existing network within the project area, including key commuter routes.

    This includes investing in upgrades to commuter routes along the Eastern Freeway, and new routes to Greensborough, Watsonia, Heidelberg and La Trobe University.

    More information about upgrades to walking and cycling links across Melbourne’s east and north-east suburbs is available here http://northeastlink.vic.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0011/328466/Walking-Cycling-Sep-18.pdf

    Kind regards

    The North East Link team


  • Could you please provide a more detailed map of the impact on the Bulleen playing fields, the YJFL facilities and the Carey Sports Grounds. In particular, I would like to understand the placement of any emission stacks and other freeway infrastructure as well as the plan to mitigate noise, vehicle emissions and visual pollution on the facilities of the YJFL and the Carey Sports fields as they appear to be the most heavily impacted users on Bulleen Road. I have looked at all the information available for this area and there is not enough detail provided to fully assess the impact. Thank you

    Jerome asked 7 months ago

    Thanks for getting in touch Jeremy,

    The maps and artist impressions on our website are the level of design detail we have available at this stage of the project.

    Our online map available here http://northeastlink.vic.gov.au/project shows the finished edge of the project at Bulleen Road over a satellite image of existing conditions. This should help explain what the permanent changes in this area are likely to be.

    There are likely to be some additional temporary impacts during construction, such as top down tunnel construction. Our team are still investigating these impacts and working closely with the schools and clubs involved.

    The online map includes a number of artist impressions of this area which show what the finished project could look like, including where the tunnel ventilation structure is likely to be.

    Where community spaces or facilities are likely be permanently required at Bulleen Park we’re working closely with councils, affected clubs and other stakeholders to develop a plan for the area. This includes looking at reconfiguring Bulleen Park and considering options available to impacted clubs and facilities.

    Air quality and noise are two of 18 study areas in an Environment Effects Statement (EES) we are preparing this year.

    Specialists are analysing and evaluating changes to air quality conditions in the vicinity of the project and more information about the findings from the studies, as well as the draft requirements that will need to be met during construction and operation, will be on display for public comment early next year.

    The findings from noise studies for the EES and the draft requirements that will be need to be met during construction and operation will also be on display for public comment.

    You can read more about our air quality and noise studies here http://northeastlink.vic.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0011/327584/EES-Study-Update-Sep-18-Noise-Air.pdf

    We appreciate that people have questions that we aren’t able to answer while we still have more work to do to refine the design and complete the EES studies.

    More information about the project will be available on our website and at information displays early with next year as part of the EES exhibition.

    Kind regards

    The North East Link team


  • Will there be local access northbound to Greensborough bypass to access Greensborough, Diamond Creek, St Helena and surrounding suburbs? For example, will you be able to travel locally from Macleod, Watsonia, La Trobe University and surrounding areas to St Helena etc bypassing Greensborough?

    BanyuleResident asked 7 months ago

    Thanks for the question BanyuleResident,

    Local, toll-free access between these locations would still be available.

    Between Lower Plenty Road and Watsonia shops, we are planning to lower North East Link and build it next to the existing Greensborough Road. You would be able to use this section of Greensborough Road as you do today.

    At Watsonia shops, Greensborough Road would be rebuilt on both sides of North East Link and remain open for local, toll-free trips. The rebuilt Greensborough Road would still connect with Greensborough Bypass and the M80 Ring Road.

    If there is anything else we can help with, please let us know.

    Kind regards

    The North East Link team


  • Will cyclists be able to travel the full length of North-East link and the upgraded parts of the Eastern Freeway trails without having to stop at a traffic light? I'd hate you to repeat the problems of Eastlink Trail - where bike bridges were not started until years after the road opened, and intersections like Canterbury Rd and Eastlink where cyclists still have to wait for 3 uncoordinated sets of lights to get through one intersection.

    Kimo asked 7 months ago

    Thanks for the question Kimo,

    Across the project we’ve been working with members of the community to plan for around 25km of new and improved paths and trails for walkers and bike riders. 

    Many of these paths include new grade separated facilities. 

    On completion of the project, riders will be able to ride the full length of the Eastern Freeway without needing to cross at any traffic lights, including at Bulleen Road where we are providing a new grade separated crossing. 

    North East Link between the Eastern Freeway and the M80 is a very different project than the Eastern Freeway with proposed road tunnels and sections in vertical cuttings. 

    Whether we have provided grade separation of paths depends on a number of factors, such as the road being crossed (a busy arterial or an entrance to a school sports complex), available space to avoid property acquisition, environmental constraints and the function of the path (a local path or a strategic connection). 

    We believe our proposals carefully balance these issues.

    Further details of what we are currently proposing can be found on our website (https://northeastlink.vic.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0011/328466/Walking-Cycling-Sep-18.pdf

    Kind regards

    The North East Link team


  • My question is regarding Musca Street reserve. I currently use the existing bike path to both Hays Paddock and through the tunnel that connects the Yarra Flats area and the main bike path toward the city along the freeway. I don't see these paths represented as existing on your map, nor do I see any provision for these routes. Will these be lost?

    Lisa Lecerf Perry asked 7 months ago

    Thanks for the question Lisa,

    The paths on the south side of the freeway through Musca Street Reserve (including the one that connects to Old Burke Road and Hays Paddock) and the underpass under the Eastern Freeway that links Musca Street Reserve to the north side of the freeway would be kept.

    We’re also planning on upgrading the lighting in the underpass. 

    There may be some temporary disruptions or diversions during construction, but you would still be able to use these paths as you do today once the upgrades are complete. 

    We are also proposing new paths on the north side of the freeway, including one that bypasses the long route around the Burke Road Billabong, a bypass of the steep hill at Belford Road and a shorter, faster route into to and from the city for bike riders.

    If there is anything else we can help with, please let us know.

    Kind regards

    The North East Link team


  • Will Yallambie road still connect to Greensborough RD at the end of the project?

    Disappointed & Concerned asked 7 months ago

    Thanks for the question,

    North East Link would pass under Yallambie Road and Yallambie Road would stay connected to Grensborough Road. The image below shows how this connection is proposed to work.

    If there is anything else we can help with, please let us know.

    Kind regards

    The North East Link team


  • Which end of the North Eastern Freeway will be started first?

    Lynette asked 7 months ago

    Thanks for the question Lynette,

    We still have more work to do before we'll know what order the upgrades to the Eastern Freeway and the new North East Link will be built.

    We'll know more about construction timelines and sequencing once we have a preferred project builder on board later next year.

    Kind regards

    The North East Link team

  • Where is the entry point for North East Link, to travel northwards, (eg to the airport) for residents living south side of Bulleen Road where it currently crosses the Eastern Freeway?

    Mary P asked 7 months ago

    Thanks for the question Mary,

    You would drive up Bulleen Road and enter the North East Link tunnels at the Manningham Road interchange.

    Kind regards

    The North East Link team


  • Will noise barriers be erected that are more effective then those which currently exist? When Northerly winds blow or when the roads are wet the residents of Balwyn North and Mont Albert North are blasted? Will there be acoustic testing before and after the upgrades for public viewing?

    Simone Whaling asked 7 months ago

    Thanks for the questions Simone,

    We’re planning to apply a noise standard of 63 decibels for residential areas and noise sensitive buildings (such as schools) along the length of the North East Link project.

    The project noise standard of 63 decibels would apply to the Eastern Freeway upgrades and provide better protection from noise for residents where a noise standard of 68 decibels currently applies.

    Specialists have been measuring noise along the project alignment to survey existing noise conditions as part of the Environment Effects Statement (EES) we are preparing to inform planning approvals for the project.

    Specialists are also modelling predicted changes to these conditions to help determine where upgraded or new noise walls would be required. The modelling includes looking at road surface treatments and surrounding terrain (such as hills or valleys) that could influence how sound travels.

    The EES, including the findings from the noise studies and modelling will be on display for public comment next year.

    On similar projects (such as the West Gate Tunnel) the project builders are required to complete similar noise testing once the project is operating to assess noise levels and make adjustments to noise treatments if the project noise standard is not being met.

    The requirements the project builders for North East Link will be required to meet will also be included in the EES.

    Kind regards

    The North East Link team


  • Are you going with option A? If so, that would be the worst option and would create a couple of new bottlenecks?

    Jack asked 8 months ago

    Hi Jack,

    Corridor A is the option that stacked up best during business case development and is the one that is going ahead.

    It performed significantly better than the other options at easing congestion and getting trucks off local roads, slashing travel times and getting the most people and goods where they need to go.

    The other options would have cost significantly more and delivered nowhere near the benefits.

    If you're interested to read more, a report published in December 2017 outlining how the different corridors performed is on our website here http://northeastlink.vic.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0005/217526/North-East-Link-Corridor-Assessment-Summary-Dec-2017.pdf

    If you have any more questions, please let us know.

    Kind regards

    The North East Link team

  • We got on East link at Maroondah Hwy & got off at Bulleen do we need to pay a toll

    Jean asked 7 months ago

    Hi Jean,

    We recommend you contact EastLink as soon as possible about this one. We're planning North East Link which is a different, new road.

    You can use EastLink's online enquiry tool here https://www.eastlink.com.au/enquiries/contact-us or give them a call on (03) 9955 1400 Monday-Friday 7am-6pm.

    You may also like to visit their website https://www.eastlink.com.au/ and use their number plate finder tool to check if you have a toll to pay.

    Kind regards

    The North East Link team

  • Hi, just wanting to ask question in regards to the businesses that may be affected by the NE link. How will businesses that are going to be acquired be either relocated or compensated? How does the government plan to address this issue for local business owners? thank you.

    Georgio asked 8 months ago

    Hi Georgio,

    The Environment Effects Statement (EES) we are preparing for North East Link will assess potential effects on individual businesses and business precincts during construction and once North East Link is built. This includes looking at effects such as access, freight transport and logistics supply chains.

    Business premises that could potentially be required to construct North East Link as well as other businesses in the project area are included in the impact assessment.

    Where businesses are likely to be required to construct North East Link our team are working closely with local councils, business owners and private landowners to understand needs of businesses and to review commercial land availability in the area. We’ll continue to work with people who could be affected in a respectful way. We are also providing resources to support the Bulleen industrial zone during the planning stage of the project.

    Building major projects like this through congested urban areas is challenging and we understand it can be a very difficult time for people impacted. Under the law, people will be treated fairly and fully compensated if their property needs to be acquired.

    Kind regards

    The North East Link team


  • 1. Why go the long way? 2. The original plan of East/West is shorter so BUILD IT! 3. How much more will it cost to build North East Link? 4. NO WAY THAT I SUPPORT THIS NORTH EAST LINK build the original East West Link as recommended by businesses & RACV. More business will benefit the original plans then the new one so stop wasting money & build the East West Link that Andrews Gov WASTED! I bet the Andrews Gov employed like the red shirt professional protesters no to build the original Link. 5. BUILD THE EAST WEST LINK NOW WITH NO TOLLS AS THE ANDREWS GOV OWNS AS HE HATES THE EAST OF MELBOURNE PEOPLE. DISCRIMINATING PERSON! NO MORE POLITICS!

    Teo asked 8 months ago

    Hi Teo,

    Thanks for your comments. North East Link is the priority road project in Infrastructure Victoria’s 30 year plan for Melbourne. Infrastructure Victoria is an independent statutory authority which provides expert advice and guides decision-making on Victoria’s infrastructure needs and priorities.

    You can read more about Infrastructure Victoria’s 30-Year Strategy for Victoria and how different road projects are prioritised on their website here http://www.infrastructurevictoria.com.au/

    You can also read the Business Case for North East Link, which outlines the economic benefits for the project, including a return of $1.30 for every $1 spent, on our website here http://northeastlink.vic.gov.au/project/businesscase

    Kind regards

    The North East Link team


  • How close does the new road go near Hoban street, Greensborough?

    Sue Stone asked 8 months ago

    Thanks for the question Sue,

    You can see a map of the proposed alignment for North East Link on our website here http://northeastlink.vic.gov.au/project

    In Greensborough, North East Link would be built where Greensborough Road is today with Greensborough Road rebuilt on both sides for local trips. 

    This would be quite far away from Hoban Avenue in Montmorency, which we think may be the road you are asking about?

    If you meant another street, please give us a call on 1800 105 105 with more details so we can help you.

    Kind regards

    The North East Link team

  • If I am travelling from Eltham to the city on Lower Plenty road can I turn left near Simpson Barracks on to the new link to go to the city?

    Brian James asked 8 months ago

    Thanks for the question Brian,

    Driving along Lower Plenty Road you would turn right onto Greensborough Road, then head north for around 1 km to the tunnel entry.

    You would then get a run straight through all the way to the Eastern Freeway.

    To get home, you would make the same trip in reverse.

    The ramps in and out of the tunnels are marked in the image below.

    If there is anything else we can help with, please let us know.

    The North East Link team


  • Hello, Just wondering if the NE link will be opened in sections as they are completed. In other words, if the total project will be complete by 2027 - will certain sections of the road be built and open prior to 2027? Thanks

    PaulT asked 8 months ago

    Thanks for the question PaulT,

    With a project as large as North East Link, construction will most likely be split into packages. This means some sections could start and be finished before others. However, we still have more work to do before we know what this could mean for construction sequencing and timelines.

    We've been engaging with industry early to help inform how we develop possible construction packages for the project so this can be considered well before we invite builders to submit bids later next year.

    We'll know more about likely packaging, sequencing of works and construction timelines once we have a preferred builder on board later next year.

    Kind regards

    The North East Link team

  • Hi, I currently live above Sellers Street in Watsonia North, which is above the height of the current Greensborough Bypass. You claim sound will be contained to a 63db limit, talking volume, and I'm wondering at which point exactly this will be measured. That is, time of day and where the measurement will be taken. Using a basic (granted it is basic and not professional) my place outside sits at 50-55db at most times. If the 63db limit is going to be breached, then NELA I'm assuming will supply compensation to owners of affected areas by way of double glazed windows? Most of the housing in this area would have been built in the 80's and are not the most secure when it comes to noise intrusion.

    Brendan asked 8 months ago

    Hi Brendan,

    Thanks for getting in touch.

    Primary traffic noise mitigation for North East Link would include a combination of low noise road surfacing on the main carriageways and noise walls.

    Acoustic building treatment (such as double glazing) would be considered on a case by case basis where other types of noise mitigation cannot be constructed to achieve the project noise standard.

    As part of our work to prepare an Environment Effects Statement (EES) for the project, noise specialists have been measuring noise along the project alignment to determine existing levels. 

    Noise is measured for at least seven consecutive days continuously (i.e. 24/7 for a week).

    Microphones to record noise levels are located one-metre from the lowest habitable level of the front of buildings that face onto a street or an open space. This means they are usually placed just outside the building in a front or back garden.

    Modelling is now being used to help determine what kind of noise treatments are needed to meet a noise standard of 63 decibels. This includes determining where new or upgraded noise walls would be needed.

    We are also preparing a suite of requirements the project builders will need to meet during construction and once the project is operating. These are called Environmental Performance Requirements – or EPRs.

    For similar projects to North East Link, the EPRs have required the builders to measure noise once the project is operating to assess if the noise standard is being achieved, and to make adjustments to noise mitigation if required.

    The builders are typically required use a similar method to the one in the original study.

    More information about the locations and heights of noise walls, as well as the draft EPRs the project builders for North East Link will need to meet will be on display as part of the Environment Effects Statement early next year. 

    Communities will have a chance to comment on the EES and can make submissions to an independent panel if they would like.

    If there is anything else we can help with, please let us know.

    Kind regards

    The North East Link team


  • Looking at the Eastern Freeway Schematics, it seems that traffic heading from Doncaster Road and Elgar Road to the city will only have one lane to pass under Bulleen Road. I don’t usually drive from Doncaster Road onto the freeway but it seems many cars do. Will this single lane be enough to cater for traffic heading to the city, or do we need more lanes?

    Henry F asked 8 months ago

    Thanks for the question Henry,

    The layout of the Eastern Freeway has been developed using the strategic transport model which predicts the routes that vehicles will use to travel to their destinations. In this case, the transport model predicts that a single lane will be sufficient for the amount of traffic that will come from Doncaster Road and Elgar Road to travel towards the city under Bulleen Road.

    Kind regards

    The North East Link team


  • How are you going to deal with the increased bottleneck created from increased traffic volume from the Eastern Freeway into the City?

    JC asked 8 months ago

    Thanks for the question JC,

    The majority of traffic using North East Link would travel to and from the eastern end of the Eastern Freeway. 

    Approximately 75 percent of vehicles travelling southbound on North East Link would head east, away from the city, when joining the Eastern Freeway.

    The remaining 25 percent would head west, with most of these exiting the freeway before reaching Hoddle Street. 

    Just 5 percent of traffic on North East Link would be destined for Hoddle Street. However, this would not be new traffic. It would be traffic already on our roads that would redistribute from other routes, such as Heidelberg Road, to take advantage of improved travel conditions on the Eastern Freeway.

    If you are interested to read more about our traffic studies for the project business case, Appendix K is available on our website here http://northeastlink.vic.gov.au/project/businesscase

    Kind regards

    The North East Link team


  • Does your modelling predict an increase or decrease in the east and westbound traffic on Lower Plenty Road? What is the percentage increase/decrease?

    Jimjam asked 8 months ago

    Thanks for the question Jimjam,

    A key objective of North East Link is to remove through traffic travelling between the M80 Ring Road and the Eastern Freeway off local and arterial roads.

    Based on conditions in 2036 with North East Link in place there would be 20% less cars and trucks on Lower Plenty Road between Greensborough Road and Rosanna Road and 60% less trucks.

    If you are interested to read more about our traffic studies to date, Appendix C and Appendix K of the business case released earlier this year are available on our website here http://northeastlink.vic.gov.au/project/businesscase

    Information from updated traffic studies based on a more refined project design will be available when the Environment Effects Statement (EES) is on public display early next year.

    Kind regards

    The North East Link team


  • What are the plans for the Boroondara Tennis Centre? Voted the number 1 Tennis Centre in Victoria and Australia!

    JC asked 8 months ago

    Thanks for the question JC,

    Where community spaces or facilities are likely be permanently required at Bulleen Park we’re working closely with councils, affected clubs and other stakeholders to develop a plan for the area.

    This includes looking at reconfiguring Bulleen Park and considering options available to impacted clubs and facilities.

    Kind regards

    The North East Link team


  • What is going to done to reduce the noise pollution caused by the increased traffic that will result in the plans to the Eastern Freeway?

    JC asked 8 months ago

    Thanks for the question JC,

    We’re planning on applying a noise standard of 63 dB(A) for residential areas and other noise sensitive buildings such as schools along the project alignment. This includes the upgrades to the Eastern Freeway planned as part of the North East Link project.

    The North East Link project noise standard would be a significant improvement for residents along the Eastern Freeway where a noise standard of 68 dB(A) currently applies.

    As part of the Environment Effects Statement (EES) being prepared this year, specialists have monitored noise at more than 60 locations to determine existing noise levels and are modelling predicted changes to determine what noise treatments (such as noise walls) would be needed and where.

    Kind regards

    The North East Link team


  • Hi, With 3 dedicated lanes each way between Burke Rd and Middleborough Rd, what increase in speed limit has been envisaged? With no intersecting traffic and vehicles a lot safer now than the 1970's, when 100kph limits came in (de-restriction zones existed prior to this), can we hope for autobahn limits or at least 160kph to start with and phase in to higher limits as the traffic acclimatizes?

    GregA asked 8 months ago

    Thanks for the question GregA,

    The express lanes between Burke Road and Middleborough Road will help keep traffic flowing on the Eastern Freeway by separating traffic making long through trips from traffic getting on and off, reducing merging and weaving that causes congestion. We’re not planning to change the existing speed limits however, the upgrades will make trips smoother and improve travel times.

    Kind regards

    The North East Link team


  • Re Lower Plenty Rd intersection. It seems overly complicated....why the extra road to turn left from Greensborough Rd to Lower Plenty just north of Moorwatha when that turn already exists at the intersection of Lower Plenty and Greensborough? The drawing shows the right hand turn from Lower Plenty into Greensborough at the existing intersection will be for those wanting to access Finlayson, Newton & Moorwatha Streets only. Is this realistic? Will that be a local traffic only sign? Why not keep that intersection as is and retain access to Drysdale St as is? It seems there's an additional road at this end of the interchange serving the same function as the existing intersection. Wouldn't this be better kept as green space? I think it risks being unnecessarily confusing. Also, the left hand turn from Lower Plenty Road on to either the northbound tunnel also includes a road diverting back on to Greensborough Rd, even though the driver would have either just come from there or driven past Greensborough Rd where they could have turned directly on to it Lower Plenty Rd. Why this duplication? Again, it's confusing. Finally, how will traffic flow be managed at the point where traffic turning right from Lower Plenty Rd toward Greensborough Rd or the tunnel merge with traffic coming from the other direction? Are there lights? I assume it is not an expectation that 2 lanes of traffic from 2 different directions will be expected to cross paths as drivers to get into their desired lanes (either north toward Greensborough Rd or into the northbound tunnel). Thanks

    LucyM asked 8 months ago

    Thanks for the question Lucy,

    The existing intersection between Lower Plenty Road and Greensborough Road has been altered to allow for the new ramps to and from North East Link. 

    The new ramps connecting to Lower Plenty Road are close to Greensborough Road which means  there is limited space for vehicles to queue between the two intersections. 

    Our modelling showed that if we kept the bulk of the left turning traffic from Greensborough Road where it currently is, it would queue back up Greensborough Road impacting traffic that was wanting to run right at Lower Plenty Road. Likewise, the right turn from Lower Plenty Road into Greensborough Road was creating traffic performance and queuing issues along Lower Plenty Road.

    Our solution was to separate the movements at this intersection. Southbound traffic on Greensborough Road wanting to head east along Lower Plenty Road could be relocated further east. This would remove a large volume of turning traffic from the Lower Plenty/Greensborough intersection and improve performance. The existing left turn would remain for traffic accessing North East Link to head north. Right turning traffic from Lower Plenty Road would turn at the same time as traffic entering North East Link  and then would access Greensborough Road at a relocated Drysale Street connection.  As you point out the existing right turn lane will remain for vehicles accessing Finlayson, Newton and Moorwatha Streets, however this will not be posted as a local access only.

    The intersection of Lower Plenty Road and the North East Link ramps will be signalised. This will mean that right turning vehicles will not conflict with through or left turning vehicles.

    Kind regards

    The North East Link team

  • The Shared path alongside Greensborough Rd will now have a set of traffic lights blocking it halfway along for the on-off ramps leading to the tunnel. could an alternative path be located on the East of these access ramps to allow uninterrupted North south use between Lwr Plenty Rd and Yallambie Rd?

    Paul asked 8 months ago

    Hi Paul,

    Thanks for the question. A number of people have suggested we shift the path to the east at the Greensborough Road intersection with the NEL ramps so that walkers and bike riders don’t need to cross this intersection. We’ve incorporated this suggestion into our design.

    Kind regards

    The North East Link team

  • Hi, The East West Link is a fantastic project and long overdue, im a very big supporter of this. I do have one question however, i use the eastern at the moment to get into the city and come through Greensborough, as does a lot of other traffic and this will help a lot, however this puts all the traffic and with this project more traffic at Hoddle St, then for everyone who then needs to get to the city centre or the MCG Precinct etc the then need to cross the city, when your on the soutern or northern side of the city and you need to get to the other side there is no way to do this, will there be an addition to the end of the eastern to get to the other side of the city? If you could unload Hoddle somewhere you could actually get the city moving again, and most of the congestion on Hoddle is people who are actually just trying to cross the city to come in from the other side or leave from a freeway on the other side. Thanks

    Michael Hood asked 8 months ago

    Hi Michael,

    Thanks for the question and the support!

    While North East Link does provide access to the city, we know from our traffic modelling that there would be very minimal increases at the Hoddle Street end of the freeway – around 4%.

    This would mostly be traffic redistributing from other roads (such as Lower Heidelberg Road) to take advantage of improved travel conditions and faster travel times using NEL and an upgraded Eastern Freeway. It wouldn’t be new traffic.

    The bulk of the traffic using North East Link will use it to travel between Melbourne's north and east/south-east.

    As the North East Link Authority, we’re tasked with building this particular project. If you’re interested to see what other projects are potentially in the pipeline we recommend you take a look at Infrastructure Victoria’s 30 year plan for Melbourne here http://www.infrastructurevictoria.com.au/30-year-strategy

    Kind regards

    The North East Link team


  • Why think short term and only do a dedicated bus lane, add a train as well and involve private companies to finance it. This is all short term solutions and will fail to provide a great benefit for the money spent

    lchiuchi asked 8 months ago

    Thanks for the question lchiuchi,

    Making sure North East Link supports the plans in place to strategically guide Melbourne’s growth and invest in the infrastructure needed over the decades to come has been, and will continue to be, a key focus of our work.

    Infrastructure Victoria’s 30 Year Plan for Melbourne looked at the feasibility of rail along the Eastern Freeway and recommended against the option.

    Infrastructure Victoria instead recommended upgrading the existing Doncaster Area Rapid Transit (DART) bus system to support increased demand and improve the reliability of services – and that’s what we’re doing.

    If you are interested to read more, the plan is available online here http://infrastructurevictoria.com.au/sites/default/files/images/IV_30_Year_Strategy_WEB_V2.pdf

    Kind regards

    The North East Link team


  • The Tunnel access at Lower Plenty road is actually a km north, putting it only 2.5km from the Grimshaw St access/exit points for cars moving in the same direction. Would it be more efficient, less intrusive on local traffic and less confusing to have only one southbound access and one Northbound exit on this stretch of road?

    Paul asked 8 months ago

    Thanks for the question Paul,

    It's a good one. We've undertaken a number of reviews of the need for an interchange at Lower Plenty Road. These included removing the interchange all together, or only providing some of the ramp access.

    Our analysis has found that reducing functionality of the interchange at Lower Plenty Road would

    • Have a significant impact on access to and from North East Link in the local area.
    • Have reduced the project benefits on Greensborough Road and Rosanna Road - traffic that would have used the interchange at Lower Plenty Road would have used these roads instead, returning them to today’s traffic levels and congestion.
    • Increased rat-running to access the interchanges at Manningham Road and Grimshaw Street (from people trying to avoid congestion on roads like Rosanna and Greensborough roads).
    • Required the interchanges at Grimshaw Street and Manningham Road to be larger than currently planned and have a greater impact.

    The analysis that we have undertaken shows that the interchange at Lower Plenty Road is required in its full form.

    Kind regards

    The North East Link team

  • What are you going to do to protect the indigenius fauna in the Bulleen and Ivanhoe Yarra billabong areas?

    Debra asked 8 months ago

    Hi Debra,

    Thanks for the question. Qualified ecologists have surveyed and mapped over 100 hectares of native vegetation and provided advice on significant flora and fauna that could be affected by North East Link.

    The largest and most sensitive areas of habitat for native flora and fauna will be protected by tunnelling under the Yarra River, Warringal Parklands and Banyule Flats.

    We’ve also established Bolin Bolin Billabong as a ‘no-go zone’ where construction will not be permitted because of its environmental significance as well as cultural significance for Traditional Owners.

    You can read more about ecology studies for the project Environment Effects Statement (EES) here http://northeastlink.vic.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0010/327583/EES-Study-Update-Sep-18-Environment.pdf

    Kind regards

    The North East Link team


  • I'm looking at buying a house in Balwyn North (Winfield Rd) and would like to know what effects I might experience from the North East Link construction and the time line of the constrictions from start to finish?

    Chambo asked 8 months ago

    Hi Chambo,

    Thanks for getting in touch. We’re in the early planning stages for North East Link and won’t know specific details about construction disruptions and timelines until the project has gone through planning approvals and we get a builder on board.

    Disruptions during construction would likely be traffic disruptions, noise, dust and vibration. These are all modelled and considered as part of the Environment Effects Statement we are preparing for the project.

    We have a fact sheet online that provides some more information about the EES process and how construction disruptions would likely be managed here http://northeastlink.vic.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0008/327581/EES-Study-Update-Sep-18-Construction.pdf

    More information about construction disruptions will be available when the EES goes on display next year and again when a preferred builder is appointed.

    If you would like to talk to our landowner team, please give us a call on 1800 105 105.

    Kind regards

    The North East Link team


  • Do you have an artists impression of how the Doncaster Busway joins back into the Eastern Freeway please

    Peter Clark asked 8 months ago

    Hi Peter,

    Doncaster Busway would start at Doncaster Park and Ride and run in separated lanes on the northern edge of the Eastern Freeway to Chandler Highway where it would split to run on both outer edges of the Eastern Freeway.

    Local services could get on and off the busway at Thompsons Road near a new Park and Ride near Bulleen Road and at Chandler Highway.

    The busway would enter and exit the Eastern Freeway using the Hoddle Street on and off ramps.

    Artist impressions of the busway passing under Doncaster Park and Ride and at Chandler Highway are included in our online map here http://northeastlink.vic.gov.au/project

    We don’t have artist impressions of the busway lanes at Hoddle Street. We’re working closely with Transport for Victoria to consider how services could be improved here.

    Kind regards

    The North East Link team


  • You answered my previous question about having provision in the NEL design for future extensions south of the Eastern Freeway at Bulleen with the following: ''Network planning to meet Melbourne’s future land use and transport needs does not include any connections south of the Eastern Freeway at Bulleen so we haven't considered this in our planning for North East Link.'' Who's Network Planning are you referring to because it is clear that the Melbourne Proposed 2040 Road Network Development Plan did have a southern extension in mind, and it was produced by VicRoads in 2010. Regardless of whether it is in the scope of the design of the NEL or not, why isn't there any provision made for or considered for in the design of the NEL. Surely for any such large scale projects like the NEL there should be consideration and provision for links to other possible future projects at key intersection points such as this one where it makes logical sense that this future link may be built at some time. The need for this particular southern extension of the NEL is obvious and much needed, as much as the need for the NEL itself was in the first place, which is why the NEL is now becoming a reality. When projects like the NEL are built, an overarching comprehensive consideration and planning for future links in the road network should be implemented in order to meet Melbourne’s future land use and transport needs.

    Foti asked 8 months ago

    Hi Foti,

    Forward planning is a key element of our work for North East Link and we are working closely with VicRoads and other transport agencies including Transport for Victoria. We are also considering documents such as Plan Melbourne, which will guide the growth of our city for the next 35 years. You can read the plan here https://www.planmelbourne.vic.gov.au/

    There is no southern extension in current future planning for Melbourne’s road network.

    Kind regards

    The North East Link team


  • Whats the difference between a drop in centre and a pop up?

    Heather L N asked 8 months ago

    Hi Heather,

    Thanks for the question. Drop-ins are in big venues where we have lots of space to display large maps and can have a big team of specialists available to answer questions.

    Pop-ups are being held in shopping centres to make sure as many people as possible have the chance to see the latest design information and learn about the planning studies happening this year. 

    The pop-ups have a smaller display and team on hand to answer questions. This helps us fit with the guidelines of the various shopping centres.

    Kind regards

    The North East Link team

  • Hi, Couple of questions: 1) Please could you provide me artist details + confirm the projected number of lanes proposed between Doncaster Rd and Elgar Road section of the Eastern? 2) Has the project been fully approved by the government or still to be agreed? 3) What are the projected times of the start of the works flagged the section of road listed in question 1? 4) What will be the effect on the Konnung Reserve, do you have artist impressions? Thanks, Preets

    Preets asked 8 months ago

    Hi Preets,

    Thanks for the questions.

    3 new inbound and 4 new outbound lanes would be added between Doncaster Road and Elgar Road.

    We are working on the technical studies and project design work needed to inform the planning approvals process for North East Link. This involves preparing an Environment Effects Statement (EES) which will be on display for public comment and reviewed by an independent panel and the Minister for Planning next year.

    You can read more about the EES process on our website here http://northeastlink.vic.gov.au/environment

    It’s still too early for us to know which sections of the project would be built in which order. We are working towards construction starting in 2020, or possibly very late in 2019, with the road opening to traffic in 2027. However some sections could start and be finished earlier.

    We’ll know more about construction timelines once we have a project builder on board.

    A key focus of our design work this year has been to keep the upgraded Eastern Freeway within the existing road reserve wherever possible.

    Under the current design the upgraded Eastern Freeway would step outside the road reserve in 3 locations.

    One of these locations is Koonung Reserve near the new interchange between the Eastern Freeway and North East Link just east of Bulleen Road.

    You can find artist impressions of this section on our online map here http://northeastlink.vic.gov.au/project

    Our team will be at Yarra Junior Football League Club House in Bulleen this Saturday and Sunday from 10am- 4pm if you would like to come and see maps and images in print and speak with our specialists.

    Kind regards

    The North East Link team

  • In the Melbourne Proposed 2040 Road Network Development Plan one of the proposed future freeway links is indicated to continue the North East Link south beyond the Eastern Freeway in a tunnel approximately aligned with Warrigal Road connecting at the southern end with the Dingley Bypass / South Road / Warrigal Road intersection (probably also providing underground tunnel connectivity with the Monash Freeway along the way). It is indicated as a dashed green line with arrows on the plan. Looking at the details of the NEL released so far, it seems that the connections provided in the design of the intersection of the NEL with the Eastern Freeway do not have provision for a future design to continue south in tunnels. If and when this future link is built, the existing NEL design shows that major disruptions would need to occur. Tunnel entrances and exits and connecting ramps would need to be closed and major rebuilding of tunnel alignments and entry and exit portals would need to occur in order to provide continuing north south connection tunnels south beyond the Eastern Freeway. It seems to me that the current design of the NEL has not been designed and future proofed with this future South extension in mind, not to mention the other connections from the Eastern Freeway that with the current design most probably would require compulsory property acquisitions south of the Eastern Freeway. My question is have all these issues concerning the possible future south extension of the NEL been taken into consideration by those designing the NEL.

    Foti asked 8 months ago

    Thanks for the question Foti,

    Network planning to meet Melbourne’s future land use and transport needs does not include any connections south of the Eastern Freeway at Bulleen so we haven't considered this in our planning for North East Link.

    Kind regards

    The North East Link team


  • Hi, How many of the trees lining the eastern freeway between Bulleen rd & Doncaster rd are you planning to cut down ? My look of the artists work would indicate all of them - is that the intention or will they be saved?

    Rupert asked 8 months ago

    Thanks for the question Rupert,

    Ecologists have been surveying and assessing all trees and vegetation within the project boundary to inform the Environment Effects Statement (EES) study - this is Victoria's most stringent impact assessment process and will inform planning approvals for the North East Link project.

    Our studies for the EES will assess potential impacts of the project on planted trees and canopy cover however we won’t know how many trees would be required until the process to select a preferred builder is complete.

    The builders appointed to build North East Link will need to meet a set of comprehensive environmental performance requirements. These will include requirements to keep native trees and vegetation where possible. 

    The urban design strategy being developed for the project also includes design guidelines around maximising tree retention and replanting where possible. The urban design strategy will guide the builders we invite to submit designs for North East Link and bids to build it.

    If you would like to read more about the urban design approach for your local area and give us feedback we encourage you to get involved here https://jointheconversation.northeastlink.vic.gov.au/urban-design-september-2018

    You can also give general feedback about the project here https://jointheconversation.northeastlink.vic.gov.au/design-update-september-2018

    Kind regards

    The North East Link team

  • What would happen to the boroondara tennis court?

    Jerry asked 8 months ago

    Hi Jerry,

    Thanks for the question. The current design allows for entry and exit ramps from North East Link and off the Eastern Freeway as well as a new park and ride for the busway near Bulleen Road. 

    Where community spaces or facilities, such as the tennis centre, are likely be required at Bulleen Park to construct North East Link, we’re working closely with councils, affected clubs and other stakeholders to develop a plan for the area. This includes looking at reconfiguring Bulleen Park and considering options available to impacted clubs and facilities.

    Kind regards

    The North East Link team

  • Will there still be bus stops at the on and off ramps where the Eastern Freeway and Middleborough Road/Wetherby Road meet?

    Pauline asked 8 months ago

    Thanks for the question Pauline,

    The bus stops would still be there. The bus stops on the Blackburn Road entry ramp would also stay.

    Kind regards

    The North East Link team

  • Will residents in Avon st have direct access to bullpen road as your current drawings show avonst as a court

    Dina O asked 8 months ago

    Hi Dina,

    Thanks for the question. The interchange design at Manningham Road is now simpler. This involves potentially converting Avon St to a cul-de-sac however we need to talk further to local residents about the way they move around and council. 

    If you live locally and would like to talk to one of our team, please give us a call on 1800 105 105.

    Kind regards

    The North East Link team


  • How do 19 lanes fit in the Eastern Freeway space near Doncaster Rd? The space is too small. It is misleading.

    Dina O asked 8 months ago

    Hi Baddisco,

    A key focus of our design work for the upgrades to the Eastern Freeway has been keeping the road as narrow as possible.

    The artist impression of the Eastern Freeway and new busway lanes passing under Doncaster Road shows this section of the project. Our online map also shows the edges of the upgraded freeway over a satellite image of the area.

    If you would like to see the image and map in print and talk to our team, we’ll be at the Yarra Junior Football League club house in Bulleen this Saturday and Sunday from 10 am – 4 pm.

    Kind regards

    The North East Link team


  • Can you confirm that increased traffic along Bulleen Road (south of freeway) will not result in the single path with bike path being converted into two lane road with no bike lane? Also will Bulleen road (south of freeway) connect with NE link? Or how will people from North Balwyn access NE Link?

    Fot77 asked 8 months ago

    Hi Tim,

    Thanks for the questions. The project design doesn’t include any changes to the existing bike lanes on Bulleen Road south of the Eastern Freeway.

    North East Link connects directly with the Eastern Freeway. People from North Balwyn who would like to use North East Link to travel up towards the Ring Road would use the interchange at Manningham Road.

    If there is anything else we can help with please let us know.

    The North East Link team


  • Will sound barriers be in place at the Tram Rd Entrance. How will noise affect the houses on the Doncaster side which are elevated above the freeway. Will these sound barriers be effective for those houses? What testing has been done/will be done? There is currently no sound barriers and noise from the freeway is an issue already at our residence.

    Fot77 asked 8 months ago

    Thanks for the question Fot77,

    The noise standard for the project of 63 dB(A) would apply along the upgrades to the Eastern Freeway to protect residents and other noise sensitive buildings.

    We still have more work to do to determine the location and heights of noise walls and this information will be included in the EES when it goes on display early next year.

    The noise modelling being undertaken for the EES considers surrounding terrain, like hills or valleys that could influence how sound travels.

    If you are interested to read more about the project noise standard and work to assess and model noise, we have a fact sheet on our website here http://northeastlink.vic.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0011/327584/EES-Study-Update-Sep-18-Noise-Air.pdf

    Kind regards

    The North East Link team


  • Is it possible to download a hi-res version of some of the artwork please?

    Phil B asked 8 months ago

    Hi Phil,

    We'd be happy to organise to send you some. Can you let us know which pages from the book of artist impressions you would like? The entire book is about 250 MB.

    http://northeastlink.vic.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0010/328465/EarlyDesignSchematicsAndArtistImpressions-Sept-2018.pdf

    Kind regards

    The North East Link team.

  • Will Elgar Park (including the hockey field) be impacted by the road widening?

    Edwina asked 8 months ago

    Thanks for the question Edwina,

    The upgrades to the Eastern Freeway would not extend outside the existing road reserve at this spot.

    There may be some temporary disruptions to the park during construction and we’re working closely with the clubs that use this field to discuss what these could involve.

    Kind regards

    The North East Link team


  • The initial reports from NELA indicated a 2000 vehicle reduction on Bulleen Rd. What does the modelling now say with the redesign of the Manningham Rd interchange - one would have to assume it has now increased at the northernmost, compared with the initial assessment? Please don't advise that this information will be available as part of the EES - surely if you have redesigned the interchange, you have assessed the traffic impacts. Can you provide figures for both northbound and southbound projections on Bulleen Rd, between Avon St and Manningham Rd?

    LeeB asked 8 months ago

    Thanks for the question Lee,

    We have assessed traffic changes with the new design for the interchange at Manningham Road and have found that traffic would flow smoothly. 

    South of Manningham Road, local trips would still be made using Bulleen Road. A large number of through trips would be taken off this section of Bulleen Road as drivers making longer trips that start further north would choose to use NEL. 

    The new interchange design would result in a few hundred cars an hour using the very northern tip of Bulleen Road just south of Manningham Road to access NEL to travel north. The design includes two additional right turn lanes to cater for this increase.

    Kind regards

    The North East Link team

  • Why is there no on ramp to go south on NEL for traffic heading west on Manningham Rd, or coming from Templestowe Rd? Does this mean all this traffic clogs up Bulleen Rd? Why don’t you add a ramp and then not toll that bit, to protect Bulleen locals who are already going to be massively inconvenienced during and after construction?

    LeeB asked 8 months ago

    Thanks for the question Lee,

    During the development of the design of the Manningham Road interchange, we used the strategic transport model to predict the traffic volumes accessing the interchange and assessing where these vehicles came from. 

    Our analysis showed that there was a very small demand for traffic from the east of the interchange (Manningham Road or Templestowe Road) wanting to travel southbound onto North East Link to access the Eastern Freeway. Given the constraints within this interchange, it was decided not to provide for this movement. 

    Vehicles wanting to access the Eastern Freeway from Manningham Road would use Bulleen Road or Thompsons Road and are already included in the forecast volumes that we have presented.

    Kind regards

    The North East Link team


  • Hi, when will the final design and actual route (not a dotted line with lots of shading variation) be known for the tunnel?

    Gigi asked 8 months ago

    Thanks for the question Gigi,

    The design we’re taking through the planning and approvals process includes an indicative alignment for the tunnels and a much wider area where the tunnels could potentially be built.

    You can see both on our project map here http://northeastlink.vic.gov.au/project

    This approach allows the builders we invite to submit detailed designs for the project (and bids to build it) the option to recommend the tunnel route they think works best. It may be the tunnel alignment we’ve found, or a different one. But it must be within the area we’ve assessed as part of the planning and approvals process.

    We’ll be looking for the best builders from around the world and will encourage them to look for ways to improve the design.

    The alignment for the tunnel will be known once we have a builder on board and a final project design in late 2019 or early 2020.

    Kind regards

    The North East Link team


  • Hi NEL, I’m keen to understand how many lanes will remain on Greensborough Rd (in both directions) once the project is complete?

    AdsMan asked 8 months ago

    Hi AdsMan,

    Thanks for the question. Under the current design the number of lanes would vary section by section. We’ve included a summary below.

    M80 Ring Road to Grimshaw St

    • 2-3 lanes in each direction

    Grimshaw St to Strathallan Rd

    • Southbound – 2 lanes
    • Northbound – 2 lanes + 1 extra lane to turn left onto North East Link near Strathallan Road

    Strathallan Rd to Oban Way

    • Southbound – 2 lanes
    • Northbound – 2 lanes + 2 extra lanes to turn right onto North East Link near Strathallan Road

    Oban Way to Erskine Rd

    • Southbound – 2 lanes + 1 extra lane to turn right onto Erskine Road
    • Northbound – 2 lanes

    Erskine Rd to Drysdale St

    • Southbound – 2 lanes + 1 extra lane to turn left near Drysdale Street to get to Lower Plenty Road 
    • Northbound – 2 lanes

    Drysdale St to Lower Plenty Rd

    • Southbound – 2 lanes
    • Northbound – 2 lanes + 1 extra lane to turn right to get to Drysdale St

    If there is anything else we can help with, please let us know.

    Kind regards

    The North East Link team


  • How do I go about getting machinery on and becoming a contractor on the north east link

    Matt asked 8 months ago

    Hi Matt,

    Thanks for getting in touch. Local suppliers and contractors that would not be part of a consortia directly tendering for the North East Link can register their details on the ICN Gateway here https://gateway.icn.org.au/project/4055/north-east-link?st=projects&psid=1516145350

    Your details can then be passed on to potential tendering organisations after the procurement process for North East Link has commenced.

    Kind regards

    The North East Link team


  • What is North East Link doing to address the road connectivity for residents living in and around Eltham. It is a known fact for a long time that Eltham (North of the Yarra) is a logistics/traffic nightmare given there is only one road crossing the Yarra. Eltham is part of North East Links residential catchment zone, however I feel the North East Link have failed to address the connectivity of the area. I do not accept the argument that a reduction of vehicles off local roads will improve the traffic. This has been an issue to VicRoads for a very long time, times when Melbourne population and traffic in north east was a lot less than now. This is a big loss for the people in and around Eltham and a missed opportunity to benefit from this major infrastructure project

    Tim Smith asked 8 months ago

    Hi Tim,

    Thanks for getting in touch. As the North East Link Authority we’re tasked with linking the M80 Ring Road to the Eastern Freeway.

    Reductions to traffic on local roads once North East Link is operating would extend to Eltham and the project is expected to deliver benefits for people living in the area.

    Improvements in travel times between Eltham and key destinations would also be delivered.

    For example, by 2036, a trip between Eltham and Ringwood is expected to be up to 15% faster with North East Link in place.

    North East Link is also expected to reduce the number of trucks using roads in Eltham to travel between our city’s east/south-east and north.

    We appreciate there are additional upgrades to local roads outside of the project area for North East Link people would like considered and we recommend people continue to raise these with their local council, members of parliament, and VicRoads.

    Kind regards

    The North East Link team


  • Hi Please advise what impact will the North East Link project have on Marcelin College along Bulleen Road

    Jim. asked 8 months ago

    Hi Jim,

    Thanks for the question. There would be no impact on Marcelin College’s buildings during construction of North East Link, however there may be some temporary disruptions to the school’s sports grounds near Bulleen Road. If this is the case, we will work closely with the school to provide alternative arrangements.

    The project includes a number of improvements to Bullen Road to make it safer and easier for students, parents and local communities to move about the area once North East Link is built.

    Kind regards

    The North East Link team


  • Hello North East Link Team, I have property on 38 Kempston Street Greensborough. Can y ou tell me how the link will affect this street? Regards, Helen

    eleni asked 8 months ago

    Hi Eleni,

    Thanks for getting in touch. We’ve answered your question privately because you’ve included the address of your property in your message. Your privacy is important to us and we don’t want to share this information on our website.

    North East Link and a rebuilt Greensborough Road would pass over Kempston Street to keep the road open for local access.

    There would be no direct impacts to your property however there would likely be some disruptions during construction such as noise, changed road conditions, traffic flows and travel times. These are being modelled and considered as part of the Environment Effects Statement (EES) we preparing to inform planning approvals next year.

    You can read more about likely construction impacts and ways these could be managed on our website here http://northeastlink.vic.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0008/327581/EES-Study-Update-Sep-18-Construction.pdf

    More information will be available when the EES goes on display early next year.

    If there is anything else we can help with, please give us a call on 1800 105 105 and ask to speak with a member of our landowner team.

    Kind regards

    The North East Link team


  • https://www.facebook.com/142809335735770/posts/2399131516770196/ Question - Will the state government commit to a 24/7 truck ban on Rosanna Road as part of the NEL?? It’s happening in the western industrial areas of Melbourne and should happen in the residential area of Rosanna..

    Fixthemess asked 8 months ago

    Thanks for the question,

    Once built, North East Link would take between 9,000 and 11,000 vehicles off Rosanna Road a day and result in a 75 percent reduction in truck volumes.

    Rosanna Road serves an important role for both people movement and freight (including over-dimensional vehicles and placarded loads), as part of Melbourne’s arterial road network. This will continue after the North East Link is completed.

    The truck curfew that is currently in place from 10 pm – 6 am would stay in place.

    More information about the curfew is available online here https://www.vicroads.vic.gov.au/planning-and-projects/melbourne-road-projects/north-east-truck-curfew-trial

    Kind regards

    The North East Link team


  • Is there going to be an on ramp at Burke Rd heading east and an off ramp at Burke Rd heading towards the city? If not, why not!!!!

    Grant asked 8 months ago

    Hi Grant

    Thanks for the question.

    When looking at the placement of on and off ramps we need to make sure there is enough distance between each for traffic to get on and off the freeway safely and maintain traffic flow. Ramps that are too close together can cause pressure merge points, congest traffic flow and lead to safety issues.

    To maintain traffic flow and meet current standards, you need at least 1.5 km between ramps. This would not be possible between Burke Road and Bulleen Road.

    An on-ramp heading east would also likely be too close to the Yarra River.

    Kind regards

    The North East Link team


  • Plans/ artist impression/ models for Manningham Road Bulleen road interchnge

    Annette asked 8 months ago

    Hi Annette,

    You can see an artist impression of the current design for the interchange at Manningham Road on our online map here http://northeastlink.vic.gov.au/project

    This is the design we're planning to take through the planning and approvals process but builders we appoint to construct North East Link may have other ideas for how to build this complex interchange.

    We've included a copy below too. If there is anything else we can help with, please let us know.

    Kind regards

    The North East Link team



  • I previously asked a question about accessing the freeway at Thompsons Rd, in the "helpful" reply that I got I was told Bulleen residents would have to use the Manningham Rd interchange. This looks like it would be almost impossible to do at peak times, as it would require travel along Manningham Rd and into Banksia Rd far enough to then try a U-turn against peak traffic flows to then pick up the slip lane to access the tunnel that would take me back to the Eastern Freeway. Was this design done specifically to punish local residents who need to access the freeway (IN BOTH DIRECTIONS)? Or is the goal to push more traffic onto local roads and send me people down to Doncaster Rd to enable proper access to the freeway in both directions? Either option scream of very poor planning. The more information that is made available about the North East link the more it is shaping up to be a real White elephant to the residents in the Bulleen and North Balwyn area. As we are basically losing the ability to access the Eastern Freeway when travelling away from the city. Why is this the case when the goal of the project is supposed to enable better and easier access to the freeways for travel around Melbourne? Is this situation going to be addressed? Or do we need to vote out the government and shut down this project so that it can be re-done without local residents losing access to infrastructure that we already have?

    Ivan asked 8 months ago

    Hi Ivan,

    Thanks for following up. The access to the Eastern Freeway between Bulleen Road and Thompsons Road would remain as it is today. You would still be able to get on and off the Eastern Freeway here.

    In your previous question you asked how you would get onto North East Link. We're sorry our reply confused you. If you wanted to use North East Link to travel up to the Ring Road, you would do this using the new interchange at Manningham Road.

    If you want to drive south to the Eastern Freeway, you would use the same roads you do today.

    Our team will be at the Yarra Junior Football League club house at Bulleen this Saturday and Sunday from 10 am - 4 pm if you would like to come and see maps and talk to our planners.

    Kind regards

    The North East Link team.

  • Will any houses be acquired in Kempston st Greensborough

    John 123 asked 8 months ago

    Hi John 123,

    Our team has been speaking with landowners whose properties may be required to construct North East Link since late last year. 

    To respect the individuals involved we are not sharing information about which landowners we have been speaking with. 

    If you are concerned about your property and would like to speak to us, our landowner team can be reached 24 hours a day on 1800 105 105.

    Kind regards

    The North East Link team

  • Why wouldn't the same intensive design work be carried out for option C and then evaluate? I believe that option C would potentially be a cooler road with more tunnelling and a diminished contribution to the Urban Heat Island. This appears to be quite a "Hot Road" option.

    John Fordham asked 8 months ago

    Hi John,

    Thanks for the question.

    The corridor option for North East Link was selected based on a process that assessed how each option performed against a range of measures including getting trucks off local roads, reducing congestion and cutting travel times and minimising impacts on communities and the environment.

    The assessment process was guided by the Australian Transport Assessment and Planning (ATAP) Guidelines. A three-stage approach was adopted to narrow down a long list of possible corridor options to a preferred option. Using this process, more detailed assessments were applied at each stage.

    Corridor options B and D were set aside during the first and second stage as they were found to perform poorly against the measures.

    Corridor A and C both continued to the third stage where some additional design work was undertaken to help more detailed assessments to be undertaken.

    During this third stage, Corridor A was found to perform significantly better than Corridor C and was selected to proceed to business case assessment and the planning and approvals process happening now. The planning and approvals process requires the extra design work you can see now to be undertaken.

    If you’re interested to read more about the process and measures used to assess the corridor options, this is included in the project business case as Appendix D and is available on our website here http://northeastlink.vic.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0003/308172/NEL-Business-Case-Appendix-D.pdf

    Kind regards

    The North East Link team


  • Hello, There is some inconsistency regarding whether the North East Link will be in a trench around the Grimshaw Street interchange point. The "Grimshaw Street Explained" video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=61dlFFWxXDk) says it will, however the North East Link Schematic (http://ucstudio.u-c.com.au/NEL/NEL-Schematic-Sep-18.pdf) does not indicate this. Could you please clarify. Many thanks.

    Kate.L asked 8 months ago

    Hi Kate,

    Thanks for getting in touch. North East Link would pass under Grimshaw Street. Grimshaw Street would need to be raised by about 1 metre and we would dig down to build North East Link and new lanes for Greensborough Road under it.

    North East Link would pass under Grimshaw Street, but it wouldn’t be in a long trench similar to the section next to Greensborough Road from Watsonia Station down to Blamey Road where the tunnel starts.

    We’ve included an artist impression of the proposed design for Grimshaw Street below which we hope will help explain what it could look like.

    If there is anything else we can help with please let us know.

    Kind regards

    The North East Link team


  • Just read generic response the the question about the Mullum Mullum creek tunnel being able to handle the traffic from extra lanes. Do you really think motorists are going to buy that?

    Martin. asked 8 months ago

    Hi Martin.

    Thanks for the response and your request for more information.

    Our traffic modelling has found that the tunnels have capacity to take extra vehicles. The congestion in the tunnels today is caused by performance issues on the Eastern Freeway, such as the high pressure merge point at Springvale Road which causes traffic to slow down to allow vehicles to get on to the freeway and bank up from here into the tunnels. The tunnels themselves aren’t the cause of the congestion.

    Our traffic studies have also found that many people won’t use North East Link to travel all the way through to EastLink. Many will be heading to destinations along the Eastern Freeway such as Doncaster or Box Hill.

    Approximately 75 percent of vehicles travelling southbound on North East Link would head east when joining the Eastern Freeway. Approximately 30 percent of North East Link traffic would also travel through the EastLink tunnels; this means that 45 percent of traffic on North East Link would either enter or exit the Eastern Freeway between Doncaster Road and Springvale Road.

    You can read more about the traffic studies undertaken for the North East Link business case here http://northeastlink.vic.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0010/308179/NEL-Business-Case-Appendix-K.pdf

    Kind regards

    The North East Link team


  • I am looking at the artists impression of the Doncaster Road intersection. This looks to me to be simply superimposed over the top of the existing freeway (in miniature) and does not seem to show the extra land that this expanded width will consume. My specific question is, will the Greythorn Bowls Club (and soccer field) be consumed, together with the adjacent walkways?

    chrisl_mel asked 8 months ago

    Hi Chris,

    Thanks for questions. The artist impression of the Doncaster Road intersection shows the new lanes that would be added to the Eastern Freeway as well as the new lanes for Doncaster Busway. The Eastern Freeway is at the same scale as Doncaster Road and hasn’t been adjusted to make it appear smaller.

    A key focus of our design work for the upgrades has been to keep the Eastern Freeway as narrow as possible. Land would not be required from Greythorn Bowls Club or Manningham Park Reserve.

    There would likely be some disruptions during construction such as noise and these are being considered as part of the Environment Effects Statement we are preparing for the project.

    The walking and cycling path on the north side of the freeway would still be available.

    Improvements to the path to pass it under Doncaster Road so people don’t have to wait at traffic lights to get across are included in the project design.

    Kind regards

    The North East Link team


  • Watsonia station/shops area: What residential houses on the Greensborough side of Greensborough road will be impacted by the planned options for this area? Will they be aquired through a compulsory acquistion process? Do all options include easy local access from Greensborough side of suburb to Watsonia station either by foot, cycle or car? Will Watsonia station car parking be impacted by any of the options either during construction or permanently? What noise controls will be put in place to protect residents from noise during construction and once opened? If there is an accident on NE Link in built up areas what traffic impact will it have on the suburbs surrounding the entry/exit points? Will emergency vehicles have easy access to both roads if there is an accident?

    Kate MOD asked 8 months ago

    Hi Kate,

    Thanks for the questions.

    Our team has been speaking one-on-one with residents whose properties could be potentially be required to construct North East Link since late last year. Under the law, people will be treated fairly and fully compensated if their property needs to be compulsory acquired.

    Maintaining local access by car, on foot and by bike has been a key priority of our design work for North East Link. There are significant improvements to walking and cycling links and access between local roads heading north and south and east to west has been modified in some locations, but still maintained.

    There would likely be some disruptions to the station car park during construction however the exact nature and timing of these won’t be known until we have a more detailed project design and a preferred builder on board. The builder would need to develop a plan to manage transport disruptions. This would over all modes of transport and parking.

    Construction sites for North East Link would need to comply with government policies, legislation and guidelines for noise. These cover conditions such as reasonable hours of work and recommended approaches to minimise noise such as muffling machinery.

    There is more information about how construction impacts would likely be managed in our fact sheet here  http://northeastlink.vic.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0008/327581/EES-Study-Update-Sep-18-Construction.pdf

    North East Link would be a fully managed motorway. This means incident detection technology would be in place to help manage accidents or break downs should these occur. This includes measures such as CCTV, overhead signs to close lanes and keep traffic flowing during incidents and get the motorway up and running at full capacity again as soon as possible.

    The road is being designed to consider emergency vehicle movements.

    Our team is at Watsonia RSL this Sunday from 10 am – 4 pm. If you have more questions you’d like to ask we encourage you to come along and talk to our specialists.

    Kind regards

    The North East Link team


  • On the interactive map, it states that the SUP near Belford Rd will now go under and "bypass" Belford Rd. Will the SUP still be accessible at the higher level (ie from Belford Rd)? Will residents still be able to access the path from Elm Grove, the Kew Golf Course and if so, how?

    Jarrod asked 8 months ago

    Thanks for the question Jarrod,

    The existing path would be kept and connected to the new path at freeway level (at the bottom of the hill). All existing path connectivity would be retained.

    Kind regards

    The North East Link


  • when will it be completed

    Cliff asked 8 months ago

    Hi Cliff,

    We’re working hard to get the reference design and technical studies ready to go on public display early next year to help inform planning approvals.

    Construction is expected to start in 2020, or possibly late next year, with the road opening to traffic in 2027.

    Kind regards

    The North East Link team


  • Residents in Willow Grove East Kew, next to the Eastern Freeway, are desperate for better sound barriers to block traffic noise, and also to protect homes from excessive sound levels and pollution carried across Willsmere Park by prevailing winds. Wildlife in the billabong area also needs protection ,especially with tens of thousands additional cars and trucks going past our doors. Residents have suffered long enough from noise levels exceeding that of new freeways. What is going to be done to restore our quality of life ?

    Kathy asked 8 months ago

    Thanks for the question Kathy,

    We’re planning to apply a noise standard of 63 dB(A) to protect residents and other noise sensitive buildings such as schools along the entire project alignment for North East Link. This would include residents living along the upgrades planned as part of North East Link.

    Our noise modelling considers surrounding terrain, like hills or valleys that could act as natural sound barriers or influence how sound travels.

    If you are interested to read more about the project noise standard we have a fact sheet on our website here http://northeastlink.vic.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0011/327584/EES-Study-Update-Sep-18-Noise-Air.pdf

    You can also give feedback about the standard using the project survey on this website here https://jointheconversation.northeastlink.vic.gov.au/design-update-september-2018

    Our team, including noise specialists, will be at Yarra Junior Football League club house next Saturday and Sunday from 10 am – 4 pm if you would like to come and find out more.

    Kind regards

    The North East Link team


  • What is happening to the railway line at grimshaw st and m80

    Colleen asked 8 months ago

    Thanks for the question Colleen,

    The railway line would stay where it is today.

    The rail tunnel that currently goes under Greensborough Road would need to be made a bit longer to pass under North East Link and a rebuilt Greensborough Road.

    Kind regards

    The North East Link team


  • When you build a new Park and Ride - which part of Bulleen Road is that going to be? With the current reserve land (Koonung Creek) that runs adjacent to the freeway until it reaches Bulleen Road - how much of that will be used for new lanes? Are Kosciusco Street or areas that currently line the freeway such as the bottom of Mountain View Road or Viewpoint Road and Bellevue Primary School affected? Thanks.

    Mari asked 8 months ago

    Thanks for the questions Mari,

    The new park and ride is proposed to be built where the tennis courts are currently located and we’re working closely with councils, clubs and community facilities to develop a masterplan for this area.

    A key focus of our design work this year has been refining the upgrades to the Eastern Freeway, including the new Doncaster Busway, to stay within the existing road reserve wherever possible.

    Under the current design, there are three locations where the freeway would need to extend outside the existing road reserve. The area immediately east of the new interchange between North East Link and the Eastern Freeway is one of the three areas. This is to allow for the new Doncaster Busway lanes, ramps on and off North East Link and Bulleen Road and lanes for through traffic.

    The artist impressions below show this area in a bit more detail, including Kosciusco Street, the new lanes on the Eastern Freeway and noise walls to protect nearby residents from noise.

    A noise standard of 63 dB(A) would apply to protect residents and other noise sensitive buildings such as schools along the length of the upgrades to the Eastern Freeway planned as part of North East Link. This would result in a significant improvement in areas where a standard of 68 dB(A) currently applies.

    No residential homes would be required for the upgrades.

    Our team will be at Yarra Junior Football League club house next Saturday and Sunday from 10 am – 4 pm if you would like to come and see the latest designs and talk to our specialists.

    Our online map here http://northeastlink.vic.gov.au/project also has lots of information including more artist impressions.

    Kind regards

    The North East Link team


  • Hi, I would like to know what will happen to the Borlase Reserve (Banyule Drain) as part of the Lower Plenty Road Underpass. From the artist's impression, it seems the entire Reserve will be replaced with roads and bike trails between Drysdale Street and Lower Plenty Road . Also, what access will pedestrians have to get from Borlase Street to Finlayson Street as it seems they will have to cross a couple of roads with no signals ?

    Ke asked 8 months ago

    Thanks for the questions Ke,

    By moving the ventilation structure further north to Blamey Road we’re investigating better use of the open space made available and may be able to improve Banyule Creek at this location.

    The artist impression shows how the area could be used for planting and walking and cycling paths, but we’re interested to hear more from communities.

    The current design includes signalised crossings for pedestrians at Erskine Road and Lower Plenty Road.

    If you’d like to give us feedback, we encourage you to complete the short survey here https://jointheconversation.northeastlink.vic.gov.au/lower-plenty-road-interchange

    Our team is at Watsonia RSL today and tomorrow from 10 am – 4 pm if you’d like to come and say hello.

    Kind regards

    The North East Link tem


  • I would like some clarity on how Thompsons road will be impacted, as I live in one of the adjoining streets and find peak hour at the moment painful and can only imagine what will happen once this goes ahead... I am all for progress BUT I think it is a flawed design when you have NOT dealt with the major issue affecting the area... for those not aware, the region is impacted by a single crossing over the yarra between Bulleen and Warrandyte ( which is Fitzsimmons lane) .… all of this traffic has at best one to two ( depending on where they are coming from) routes that will allow them to cross the yarra and by default if heading to the city they will end up at most likely either of 2 routes onto the eastern ...Thompsons road and Mannningham Road ( some could argue Doncaster road also ...but you are travelling away from the city ) ….My point is that once they have crossed the yarra ...traffic is funnelled onto Thompsons & Manningham roads... in order for this same traffic to enter the eastern they will have to come to virtually the same entry points(outside the link) as they do today … so why would they opt to use the link at all ?… especially when local roads will stay open? ... Then you have those that cannot afford the tolls from other suburbs etc ...plus more Buses .... and I cannot see how you are looking after the interests of locals ? ... at the moment traffic from the Templestowe / Lower Templestowe / Bulleen areas either makes its way onto Manningham Road Or Thompsons road to slowly merge at the overpass ( bulleen Road) and then onto the eastern . Your writeup regarding Bulleen Road states that it will have the same connections to the eastern as it has today and be kept open for " local use " . I understand traffic that wants to go from northern suburbs to south or vice versa would make use of the link ( if affordable ) … and that is great …. But how many will opt NOT to use the Tolls and just use the same routes they use today ? My focus is on those living in and around this pocket ( Warrandyte , Eltham Templestowe, Lower Templestowe , Bulleen etc etc ) who commute to the city daily. Why would they not take roads " kept open for local use" <- to use your words vs paying a toll to gain a couple of seconds or minutes at best. ... to me this would work if they had a branch of the tunnel allowing access at or around fitzsimmons lane OR NO tolls inbound to encourage traffic to use the link instead of " local use roads " ... your schematic indicates that a busway "may" be created at the intersection of Thompsons road and Bulleen Road (around where the tennis center is located, in order to make public transport more convenient... It then states Local Services would use Thompsons Road to get on and off the busway, given that the busway extends to Blackburn Road ..Does "Local Services" refers to pretty much the same routes & volumes as we currently have travelling up and down Thompsons Road ?. OR is the plan to have every bus route through this single location ? ( e.g busses currently using Manningham Road will they continue to do so ? ) & how will Bus vs car traffic work out … Will cars only be allowed down to the bus and ride parking but not onto the eastern ? For your diagrams to actually be informative and meaningful to review and assess you must tell us where and how TOLLS will be applied ( and estimated charges ) - as that will allow us to better predict how traffic will most likely react ( please do not tell me your traffic engineers will do this on our behalf... ) and what the impact will be on local amenity ... AND yes LOCAL is the important word to me .. basically make its way onto the eastern towards the city ...it is clear that your plan will have a Thompsons road will be limited to bus traffic onto the Eastern AND if

    papara asked 8 months ago

    Thanks for the comments and questions papara,

    North East Link would result in a significant redistribution of traffic off local roads and onto North East Link across the north east of Melbourne. It would draw traffic from across a large area due to significant travel time savings, more reliable travel times and a more efficient route.

    As you point out, people are still able to choose to use the arterial road network to travel to their destinations. While North East link is projected to improve travel times on arterial roads due to reductions in traffic volumes, the route from the M80 Ring Road to the Eastern Freeway is still predicted to take up to 40 minutes on the arterial road network. This is almost twice as long as it would take if you used North East Link.

    As shown on our online map, the Doncaster Busway would provide a connection at Thompsons Road.

    However, the Busway connects to the Doncaster Park and Ride, it does not continue onto Blackburn Road. The connection to Thompsons Road provides the opportunity for local buses (ie not the DART bus services) to access the Busway to travel to/from the city. It is not currently proposed to reroute all buses along Thompsons Road to access the Busway. Services that currently run along Manningham Road would keep using this route.

    Cars would be able to access the proposed Bulleen Park and Ride from Thompsons Road and they would also still be able to access the Eastern Freeway using the current entry ramp on Thompsons Road. Thompsons Road would not be limited to bus only traffic.

    The location of the toll gantries and the toll rate is still being developed. The toll rate will be similar to those applied on other toll roads around Melbourne.

    Our team will be at the Yarra Junior Football League club house next weekend from 10 am – 4 pm to answer questions about the project if you’d like to come along to find out more.

    Kind regards

    The North East Link team


  • How much of Estelle street Bulleen is going to be 'acquired'? While I love the Koonung parklands across the road, Id rather not have a freeway wall built on my front path. And when you are building along this section how are you going to protect residents from the noise of construction?

    Kerrye asked 8 months ago

    Hi Kerrye,

    Thanks for getting in touch.

    A key focus of our design work for the Eastern Freeway has been to keep the upgrades within the existing road reserve as much as possible.

    Our online map shows the finished edge of the upgrades of the Eastern Freeway near Estelle Street.

    Our team has been been speaking with your neighbours on Estelle Street and would be happy to give you a call or come and see you to talk about the project in more detail. 

    If you’d us to organise this, please give us a call 1800 105 105 or write to us at community@northeastlink.vic.gov.au

    Kind regards

    The North East Link team


  • Coming from Montmorency into the city would I use North East Link?

    Tim Martin asked 8 months ago

    Thanks for the question Martin,

    If you wanted to use North East Link to save some travel time you could get on at either Grimshaw Street or Lower Plenty Road depending on which way you'd like to travel.

    Kind regards 

    The North East Link team

  • What about a light rail coming off Nicholson Street, turning onto the Alexander Parade medium strip and running along the Eastern Fwy, it could run all the way to Frankston?

    Martin. asked 8 months ago

    Thanks for the question Martin,

    Infrastructure Victoria recommended upgrading the current Doncaster Area Rapid Transport (DART) Bus services to support increased demand and improve reliability. Doncaster Busway wouldn’t prevent a rail option along the Eastern Freeway in the future should this be recommended to go ahead.

    Kind regards

    The North East Link team


  • Your new site has some extra detail on it but still leaves me unsure of what we are to face in years to come. I live in Orion Street, North Balwyn between Burke and Bulleen Roads, overlooking the freeway. The current plywood noise walls are next to useless and Vicroads have, despite pressure from the council, consistently refused to upgrade them. Will NEL upgrade these old wooden walls? The NEL website is rather vague as to which sections might be upgraded and only makes mention of the section east of Bulleen Road.

    pwarob asked 8 months ago

    Thanks for the question pwarob,

    We’re planning on applying a noise standard of 63 dB(A) along the entire project alignment. This includes the upgrades to the Eastern Freeway happening as part of North East Link near you.

    To achieve the project noise standard, some noise walls may need to be upgraded and new noise walls would need to be built in some places where there are currently none.

    Kind regards

    The North East Link team


  • Will the Freeway Golf Course be impacted.

    Garry asked 8 months ago

    Thanks for the question Garry,

    It’s likely that some of the golf course land near Bulleen Road would be required to construct North East Link. Our team are working closely with local councils, sporting and community clubs and landowners in the Bulleen Park to develop a master plan for this area.

    Kind regards

    The North East Link team


  • Has there been a study on the increase in traffic and noise on local roads where an interchange is planned, eg: Manningham road & Thompsons road where even park and ride is planned ? What are the plans to handle traffic and noise on these roads ?

    Kumar asked 8 months ago

    Thanks for the question Kumar,

    Our traffic modelling for the project business case found that with North East Link in place traffic would reduce on Manningham Road and Thompsons Road. These studies considered the park and ride.

    Our studies for the EES happening this year are also looking at changes to traffic on these roads.

    Our EES are still underway and more information about the findings will be available when it goes on display for public comment early next year.

    Kind regards

    The North East Link team


  • Hi there Can you please confirm that the updated design shows the northern tunnel entry and exit is not at Lower Plenty Road, but at Blamey Street in the Simpson Barracks and the ventilation stack is near the corner of Yallambie Road and Greensborough Road? Does this mean the Simpson Barracks woodlands that run along Greensborough Road from Blamey Street to Lower Plenty Road will be retained? How does the interchange at Strahallan connect to the tunnel entry at Blamey Street? Also, Greensborough Road looks wider at the MacLeod end, can you confirm whether there are increased lanes here and given there will still be significant amounts of traffic on this road including dangerous goods trucks, are there going to be any steps taken to minimize noise impacts on Greensborough Rd, including maintaining truck curfews? Current drawings show bike and walking paths directly adjacent to Greensborough Road at this end. Could there be some division between the road and cyclists/pedestrians to improve safety and make it more user friendly and pleasant for anyone walking or cycling.

    LucyM asked 8 months ago

    Thanks for the questions Lucy,

    With the latest design, the tunnel ventilation structures would be located on what is currently Simpson Barracks land near Blamey Road. This allows us to move the structures further away from residents to reduce visual impacts. Locating the ventilation structures near Blamey Road means this is where the tunnel would start.

    An entry ramp into the North East Link tunnels heading south and an exit ramp from the tunnels heading north would be located off Greensborough Road near Strathallan Road.

    We’ve included an artist impression below to help explain the traffic movements on and off North East Link here. This image also shows the extra lanes that would be added at this location for traffic to turn right on to North East Link.


    An entry ramp into the tunnel heading north and a ramp to exit the tunnels heading south would be located further south near Lower Plenty Road.

    Our noise modelling so far is finding that, with North East Link in place, there would likely be a reduction in noise on Greensborough Road as traffic that would otherwise have used Greensborough Road would be using North East Link instead and travelling in the covered tunnels.

    The existing truck bans on Greensborough Road would stay in place.

    This section of the project is complicated to build and would most likely be built from top down and then covered.

    Thanks for your feedback about moving the walking and bike riding paths further back from the road. It’s great feedback to receive and we’ve passed this on to our teams so it can be considered as part of our ongoing work to refine the project design.

    Our team is at Watsonia RSL from 10 am – 4 pm today and tomorrow if you’d like to come and say hi.

    Kind regards

    The North East Link team


  • I can't tell from the map but is Elder Street proposed to be a dead end or still be open?

    Annette asked 8 months ago

    Thanks for the question Annette,

    Under the current design Elder Street would still connect to Greensborough Road on the east side. Greensborough Road on the west side would connect to the station and carpark. We’ve included an artist impression of this section of the project with some labels to help explain the traffic movements.

    Other options for this area of the project are still being considered including a more direct connection between Elder Street and the station carpark and Greensborough Road, connections between Greensborough Road and Watsonia Road and crossings for pedestrians and cyclists.

    We’re working closely with Banyule Council to see how this section of North East Link can align with their future plans for Watsonia and how this can be considered in the next stage of design work.

    If you would like to be involved in future conversations about this area of the project we encourage you to register here https://jointheconversation.northeastlink.vic.gov.au/watsonia-station-and-shops

    We’re at Watsonia RSL this Saturday and Sunday from 10 am – 4 pm if you would like to come and see the latest project designs and chat to our specialists.

    Kind regards

    The North East Link team


  • Looking at the map where the North East Link meets the Eastern Freeway it appears that there is no option available to exit the North East Link and get onto Thompson Rd when travelling southbound. This would be a MAJOR inconvenience to those of us living in the area and having to suffer through construction if we can't even use the new road to get home. Please advise if this is the case, as it will likely cost a great many votes if it is.

    Ivan asked 8 months ago

    Thanks for the question Ivan,

    The current design for North East Link does not provide direct access to Thompsons Road.

    It would not be possible to provide a grade separated interchange between North East Link and the Eastern Freeway if a connection was provided to Thompsons Road. This would impact the performance of North East Link, potentially reducing the amount of people using it and pushing more traffic back onto local roads.

    For residents along Thompsons Road, the fastest way to access North East Link would be the interchange at Manningham Road.

    Kind regards

    The North East Link team


  • The north east link will pass Macleod area. Is the link road in this area underneath? How about the noise of the Macleod residential area within 200 meters away from the link?

    Sandy asked 8 months ago

    Thanks for the question Sandy,

    Near the Watsonia station and shops North East Link would lower into a trench about 12 metres deep and run next Greensborough Road on the barracks side heading south. Green bridges would be built on top of North East Link to keep local communities connected and North East Link would pass under Yallambie Road. The tunnel would start at Blamey Road. We’ve included an artist impression of this section of the project for you with some labels.

    We’re planning to apply a noise standard of 63 dB(A) to protect residents living along the length of the North East Link project. You can read more about the noise standard here http://northeastlink.vic.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0011/327584/EES-Study-Update-Sep-18-Noise-Air.pdf

    If there is anything else we can help with, please let us know.

    Our team is at Watsonia RSL today and tomorrow form 10 am – 4 pm if you would like to come and see the latest designs and chat to our specialists.

    Kind regards

    The North East Link team


  • battery powered buses

    Russell Turner asked 8 months ago

    Thanks for the suggestion Russell,

    We've received lots of ideas for how the new busway could operate and have been passing these on to Transport for Victoria who are looking after how the busway would be managed once it's built. We'll make sure they get yours too!

    Kind regards

    The North East Link team

  • If you are travelling from Mitcham on Eastlink can you get out of the tunnel onto Banksia St to get to Heidelberg?

    billando asked 8 months ago

    Hi Billando,

    Thanks for the question. Yes you can. To make this trip you would come out of the North East Link tunnels using a ramp and be able to turn left to Banksia Street or right to Manningham Road.

    You would also be able to make the same trip in reverse. We’ve marked this up in the artist impressions below.

    This is the design we’re intending to take through the planning and approvals process but the contractors we appoint to build North East Link may have other solutions for how this complex interchange could provide the same level of access to local roads.

    If there is anything else we can help with, please let us know.

    Kind regards

    The North East Link team


  • Who designed the sculpture mural on the Melba Tunnel?

    KenW asked 9 months ago

    Thanks for the question Ken,

    Apologies it's taken us a while to get back to you. We've been asking around to see if we can find this answer for you. We haven't had much luck, but we think if you contact EastLink they may be able to help. You can find their contact details here https://www.eastlink.com.au/enquiries/contact-us

    Kind regards

    The North East Link team

  • Who in the Government voted for this option? Why was it considered the best option and does not service northern and outer north east suburbs? Are we still constricted by this option if a change of government comes to office?

    37Mark asked 8 months ago

    Hi 37Mark,

    Infrastructure Victoria, an independent statutory authority which provides expert advice and guides decision-making on Victoria’s infrastructure needs and priorities, identified North East Link as Victoria’s priority road project – so that’s what we’re building.

    The corridor for North East Link was selected through an intensive corridor assessment and business case process. You can read the findings from the technical, planning and other studies completed as part of this process on our website here http://northeastlink.vic.gov.au/publications

    The documents on our website provide detailed information on how the corridor options compared.

    The corridor going ahead best met all the objectives and principles developed for the project with input from communities across Melbourne. These included measures such as getting trucks off local streets, easing congestion and slashing travel times as well as minimising impacts on communities and the environment.

    As the North East Link Authority, our job is to get on with the technical studies and engagement with communities for planning approvals.

    Kind regards

    The North East Link Authority


  • How do you get across Greensborough Road from Torbay Street into Yallambie Road

    Ask a Question asked 8 months ago

    Thanks for the question,

    North East Link would be lowered and run next to Greensborough Road along this stretch of the road. You would travel between Torbay Street and Yallambie Road as you do today.

    We’ve marked these roads in the image below for you.

    If there is anything else we can help with, please let us know.

    Kind regards

    The North East Link team


  • are there any aspects of this plan which will cause an increase in traffic along Erskine Road in macleod?

    Ann asked 8 months ago

    Thanks for the question Ann,

    Our modelling predicts a slight increase in traffic volumes on Erskine Road as North East Link would provide a new route for traffic accessing locations in Rosanna as well as around La Trobe Uni.

    These would be vehicles redistributing off other local roads such as Waiora Road, and Finlayson Street.

    While traffic volumes are predicted to increase on Erskine Road, the forecast volume can be accommodated.

    This is assisted by less traffic along Greensborough Road, which would allow the existing traffic signals to give more priority to Erskine Road reducing congestion and delays.

    Kind regards

    The North East Link team


  • What will happen where Kempston meets Sellars St. Will we still have vehicle access to travel along Kempston, Sellars and out to Grimshaw street as we do now under the current Greensborough Bypass

    SLH asked 8 months ago

    Hi SLH,

    Thanks for the question. Kempston Street would pass under North East Link and a rebuilt Greensborough Road. You would still be able to use it to get to Sellars Street and Grimshaw Street.

    If there is anything else we can help with, please let us know.

    Kind regards

    The North East Link team


  • As part of this project is there going to be the much needed and overdue extension of sound barriers on the northern side of the Eastern Freeway before the Belford Road bridge as one heads away from the city. I was lead to believe there would be from speaking to consultants at show and tell meetings, but have not heard anything since.

    Ajeet asked 8 months ago

    Thanks for the question Ajeet,

    The noise standard planned for the project of 63 dB(A) would provide protection from noise once the upgraded freeway is operating for residents and noise sensitive buildings, such as schools, along the length of the upgrades for the North East Link project. This means the noise standard would apply for residents living on the north side of the freeway near Belford Road.

    To achieve the project noise standard, some noise walls may need to be upgraded and new noise walls would need to be built in some places where there are currently none.

    Our specialists are still working to determine the location and heights of noise walls and this information will be included in the EES and put on display for public comment early next year.

    If you’d like to read more about the project noise standard we have a fact sheet on our website here http://northeastlink.vic.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0011/327584/EES-Study-Update-Sep-18-Noise-Air.pdf

    Kind regards

    The North East Link team


  • Hi, From the images, It looks as though Avon st is turning into a court? Is this correct? Will there be any streets that allow acces to bulleen road? E.g. Austin st? Will the shops on bulleen road remain?

    Teddy asked 8 months ago

    Hi Teddy,

    The interchange design at Manningham Road is now simpler. This involves potentially converting Avon St to a cul-de-sac however we need to talk further to local residents about the way they move around and council. Austin Street would potentially have left hand turn access onto Bulleen Road.

    If you live locally and would like to talk to one of our team, please give us a call on 1800 105 105.

    The shops on the east side of Bulleen Road would not be required to construct North East Link. Our landowner team are working closely with local businesses on the west side of Bullen Road in the industrial zone to understand their needs and keep them informed as the project progresses.

    Kind regards

    The North East Link team


  • Hi, I can’t find images of the interchange of bulleen road and Manningham road? Where can I find out info on that?

    Teddy asked 8 months ago

    Hi Teddy,

    You can find images of these locations on our online map here http://northeastlink.vic.gov.au/project

    If you click on the pins near Bulleen Road and Manningham Road on the main map you’ll be taken to these sections of the project. We’ve circled these pins in the image below.

    Once you are in these sections of the map, click on the blue pins with the camera icon to see the artist impressions.

    If you have any more questions, please let us know.

    Kind regards

    The North East Link team


  • Will there be new noise abatement walls built on the south side between Bulleen and Burke Roads. At present levels the noise levels are ever present and intrusive and likely to increase with more heavy transports; especially at night . How is traffic congestion going to be managed during construction; Bulleen ,Burke and other roads adjacent to the freeway will inevitably carry heavy traffic? Are there projections being made of this and effects on travel times over years of construction?

    Janlynb asked 8 months ago

    Thanks for the question Janlynb,

    The noise standard planned for the project of 63 dB(A) would provide protection from noise once the upgraded freeway is operating for residents and noise sensitive buildings, such as schools, along the length of the upgrades for the North East Link project. This means the noise standard would apply for residents living along the freeway between Bulleen and Burke Road.

    To achieve the project noise standard, some noise walls may need to be upgraded and new noise walls would need to be built in some places where there are currently none.

    Our specialists are still working to determine the location and heights of noise walls and this information will be included in the EES and put on display for public comment early next year.

    Our work for the EES also includes assessing traffic impacts during construction. This includes modelling for truck movements and other likely disruptions during construction. The findings from these studies will also be available when the EES is on display early next year.

    The contractors appointed to build North East Link will be required to develop a Traffic Management Plan to minimise and manage disruptions during construction, including addressing how minimum levels of service for key roads would be maintained.

    If you’d like to read more about the project noise standard we have a fact sheet on our website here http://northeastlink.vic.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0011/327584/EES-Study-Update-Sep-18-Noise-Air.pdf

    We also have a fact sheet on construction here http://northeastlink.vic.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0008/327581/EES-Study-Update-Sep-18-Construction.pdf

    Kind regards

    The North East Link team


  • yes, more expensive but why not extend the covered freeway further north towards the grimshaw street cross over - giving better walking/bike access between watsonia and greensborough, more asthetic green areas for locals, better noise protection for locals, less stress for locals.

    anne-maree asked 8 months ago

    Thanks for the question Anne-Maree,

    To tunnel under the rail line, we would need to be quite far underneath it to leave enough of a buffer between the North East Link tunnels and the rail line.

    This means the tunnel would be very steep coming up to ground level to connect to the interchange at Grimshaw Street.

    The land also slopes upwards as it heads north which would add to the steepness of the tunnel.

    Kind regards

    The North East Link team


  • What happens to the new busway when it gets to Hoddle St?

    McJibbert12 asked 8 months ago

    Thanks for the question McJibbert12,

    Doncaster Busway would align with the Hoddle Street on and off ramps. We’re working closely with Transport for Victoria to look at opportunities for how this section of the bus network would work with the new busway in place and where improvements could be made.

    Kind regards

    The North East Link team


  • Using the Middleborough Rd to Station St ramps city bound as an example has consideration been given to the same approach for the Bulleen Rd off ramp passing underneath the Doncaster Rd on ramp?

    Peter Lansdell asked 8 months ago

    Hi Peter,

    Thanks for the question. It's a good one.

    The Doncaster Road entry ramp would be upgraded as part of the works along the Eastern Freeway. New lanes as well as ramp signals to better manage traffic flow would be added.

    This will assist in removing the flow breakdown that currently occurs at this location, removing the need to have the Bulleen Road ramp to pass under the Doncaster Road ramp.

    Kind regards

    The North East Link team


  • With the upgrades to the Eastern, will you take the opportunity to add an outbound on ramp and inbound off ramp at Elgar Road? Presently, we are forced to use suburban streets (particularly Shannon St and Woodhouse Grove) to travel between the Station St off and on ramps from Elgar Road. This would be much safer and return these streets to the residents.

    LisaT asked 8 months ago

    Thanks for the question Lisa,

    When looking at the placement of on and off ramps we need to make sure there is enough distance between each for traffic to get on and off the freeway safely and maintain traffic flow. Ramps that are too close together can cause pressure merge points, congest traffic flow and lead to safety issues.

    To maintain traffic flow and meet current standards, you need at least 1.5km between ramps.

    There is currently just over a 700m separation between Elgar Road and Station Street, which is not enough to allow for east facing ramps to be constructed without breaking down the flow of traffic on the freeway. 

    Kind regards

    The North East Link team

  • why no detailed picture of Watsonia road and Greensborough hwy. intersection. what effects are being considered/ameliorated eg noise access, traffic flow in this area surrounding Watsonia shops?

    anne-maree asked 8 months ago

    Thanks for the question Anne-Maree,

    You can see an artist impression of how the current design connects Greensborough Road and Watsonia Road on our interactive map here http://northeastlink.vic.gov.au/project. We’ve included this below with some labels to help explain the traffic movements.

    Other options for this area of the project are still being considered including a more direct connection between Elder Street and the station carpark and Greensborough Road, connections between Greensborough Road and Watsonia Road and crossings for pedestrians and cyclists.

    We’re working closely with Banyule Council to see how this section of North East Link can align with their future plans for Watsonia and how this can be considered in the next stage of design work.

    If you would like to be involved in future conversations about this area of the project we encourage you to register here https://jointheconversation.northeastlink.vic.gov.au/watsonia-station-and-shops

    The Environment Effects Statement (EES) we are preparing for the project is Victoria’s most stringent impact assessment process. Air quality and Traffic are included in our impact assessment studies. You can read an update on our work for the EES so far in the fact sheets on our website here http://northeastlink.vic.gov.au/project

    We’ll be at Watsonia RSL this Saturday and Sunday from 10 am – 4 pm if you would like to come and see the latest project designs and chat to our specialists.

    Kind regards

    The North East Link team


  • I live on the southern side of the Eastern Freeway near the Surrey road - Freeway intersection. I do not support freeways being constructed along creek valleys or through parkland at all and fought bitterly against the construction of the freeway extension between Doncaster road and Springvale road in the 1980's - 1990's through the Koonung creek valley and against the further extension through the Mullum Mullum creek valley. All to no avail, but at least environmental activism got the tunnels under the Mullum Mullum parkland which otherwise wouldn't have been built. Now thanks to Vic Roads, the RACV and the road transport lobby the noise is horrendous plus the air pollution is no doubt increasing exponentially. I recall listening to the noise of chain saws for weeks cutting down trees along the Koonung creek valley but it appears that governments have learned little about protecting the environment and climate change. The freeway was gridlocked outbound from Middleborough Rd to Punt Rd last week following an accident as I drove inbound taking a bike to my grandson's birthday party (and, no I only use the Eastern freeway from Doncaster rd). When will the road lobby understand that the only way to solve Melbourne's traffic problems is to cut down on immigration (1 million extra people in 8 years for goodness sake!) and to provide adequate public transport? It is not possible to fix Melbourne's traffic problems by building more and more freeways without dealing with the root causes. My questions are these - Why is it necessary to obliterate more parkland along the Koonung creek linear easement between Bulleen and Springvale Rd at all, and why can't this project be modified to cut back on the number of traffic lanes in order to avoid any loss of parkland or indeed a significant amount of landscaping, shrubs and trees on the road side along the existing so-called sound ''barriers''? The reasonably treed & landscaped Eastern freeway will no doubt end up looking like the Monash freeway and City Link with kilometres of concrete.

    Disgusted John Young asked 8 months ago

    Hi John,

    Thanks for your questions.

    A key focus of our design work this year has been refining the upgrades to the Eastern Freeway, including the new Doncaster Busway, to stay within the existing road reserve wherever possible.

    Under the current design, there are three locations where the freeway would need to extend outside the existing road reserve. Immediately east of the interchange between North East Link and the Eastern Freeway to allow for the new Doncaster Busway lanes, ramps on and off North East Link and Bulleen Road and lanes for through traffic. At the existing Doncaster Park and Ride to allow works for the new busway, and mid-way between Tram and Middleborough Road to allow for lanes to separate traffic getting on and off the freeway and making short trips from through traffic to ease the existing congestion caused here by merging and weaving traffic.

    The upgrades to the Eastern Freeway would also include bringing it up to modern standards with technology to detect incidents, respond more quickly and manage traffic flow. This includes approaches like giving advance notice when lanes are closed to help minimise traffic banking up similar to what you experienced on your trip the other day.

    We know that local communities value the Koonung Creek linear parklands and the work we are doing to prepare an Environment Effects Statement for North East Link includes developing requirements to maximise retention of trees and native vegetation. Our urban design strategy, which will guide the builders we invite to develop more detailed designs for the project and bids to build it, also includes a strong focus on maintaining and/or planting new buffer vegetation to filter views of the freeway and noise walls from surrounding houses and public spaces.

    Now that we have released an update on the project design, including artist impressions that show how it could look, and an update on our EES studies we’re interested to hear more from communities about our work so far.

    You can provide feedback on the draft urban design strategy here https://jointheconversation.northeastlink.vic.gov.au/urban-design-september-2018

    You can also give us feedback about the project more generally here https://jointheconversation.northeastlink.vic.gov.au/design-update-september-2018

    We encourage you to get involved.

    Kind regards

    The North East Link team


  • Please advise precise location of tunnel exit along Bulleen Road.

    Jim. asked 8 months ago

    Hi Jim,

    With the current design, the tunnel portal would be located next to Bulleen Road just south of the Veneto Club parking lot. You can see the location in the artist impression below.

    Kind regards

    The North East Link team


  • Will the project impact the Kew Box Hill Hockey Club and field situated right next to the current Elgar Rd on ramp and Koonung Creek?

    LisaT asked 8 months ago

    Thanks for the question Lisa,

    The upgrades to the Eastern Freeway would not extend outside the existing road reserve at this spot.

    There may be some temporary disruptions to the park during construction and we’re working closely with the clubs that use this field to discuss what these could involve.

    Kind regards

    The North East Link team


  • Why is the no thought into tunneling under the parkland area opposite Trinity Playing Fields rather than tunneling under Housing ad then tunneling under the Industrial sector in the proposed Manningham Road Interchange. It seems to me that the designers don't mind tunneling under people's homes or factories which could cause future damage to people's properties rather than tunneling under the existing parkland areas. As for costs they seem to me almost similar and certainly less disruptive.

    THEODORE HRISTAKOS asked 8 months ago

    Hi Theo,

    Thanks for the question. Protecting the Yarra River, its tributaries, floodplains and surrounding environment – along with culturally significant sites such as Bolin Bolin Billabong – is a core requirement for North East Link and has been a key consideration in developing the project. Habitat for identified threatened species has also been identified in the vicinity of Bolin Bolin Billabong.

    For these reasons, we’ve declared Bolin Bolin Billabong a ‘no-go zone’ for construction.

    Like CityLink built decades ago and current projects like the Metro Rail tunnel and Westgate tunnel most people barely notice the tunnelling happening below them.

    Work is being done to predict the levels of vibration that may be experienced at properties above the tunnel – all this work is done to stringent Australian and international standards.

    Kind regards

    The North East Link team


  • Can you confirm that Bulleen Rd is being widened to at least six lanes south of Manningham Rd (that's how it appears on the artist impression provided)? What impact will that have on traffic on this part of Bulleen Rd, compared with the previous design for the Manningham Rd interchange, released in April? Also, could you please detail the changes intended at Avon St, Bulleen?

    LYB asked 8 months ago

    Thanks for the question LYB,

    This simplified interchange design would result in a slight increase in traffic volumes on Bulleen Road between Manningham Road and the North East Link ramps into the tunnels heading north.

    The additional lanes you can see in the artist impression would be to filter traffic to turn right into the tunnels and maintain traffic flow along Bulleen Road. Our traffic modelling shows that traffic performance around the Bulleen/Manningham intersection for both the April layout and current layout is similar, due to the additional capacity of the turn lanes.

    The revised design involves potentially converting Avon St to a cul-de-sac however we need to talk to local residents about the way they move around and council.

    If you live on Avon Street and would like to talk with one of our team, please give us a call on 1800 105 105.

    Kind regards

    The North East Link team


  • I live in Elvin Street Macleod, how am I going to be able to get onto the new north-east link? And how am I going to be able to get to the Watsonia Shopping Centre?

    glenys asked 8 months ago

    Thanks for the question Glenys,

    North East Link would be lowered and pass under Yallambie Road so you would still be able to use Yallambie Road to turn on and off Greensborough Road to get to Watsonia shops as you do today. There would also be new walking and bike riding paths and crossings.

    To get onto North East Link towards the Eastern Freeway, you would use Greensborough Road, then turn left near Strathallan Road to get into the tunnels.

    Coming home, you would exit the tunnels at the same spot, then turn right onto Greensborough Road up to Yallambie Road.

    We’ve shown the entry and exits to the North East Link tunnels near Strathallan Road in the image below.

    We hope this helps. We’ll be at Watsonia RSL this Saturday and Sunday from 10 am – 4 pm with more information about the project and specialists to help answer any questions you have if you’d like to come and say hello.

    Kind regards

    The North East Link team


  • This question has most likely been asked...why can’t the road be built underneath the Greensborough railway line? Therefore under Watsonia and picking out the barracks Yallambie! Surely there would be lower road gradient.

    Vaughan asked 8 months ago

    Hi Vaughan,

    It is a question that’s been asked before and a good one. There is a very large gas main that runs east to west near the Watsonia train station that creates some major challenges making North East Link road lower here. The tunnel would also need to pass deep under the rail line so there is enough buffer between the two. This would make the tunnel entry and exit very steep to connect with Grimshaw Street.

    Kind regards

    The North East Link team.


  • Did anyone consider an upgrade from the busway to a train line. It does not to be built straight away ... but to give it a possible upgrade some consideration. Plan ahead. Also the new underground ring metro railway might be able to be combined with the construction of the road ... dig it up only once and built tunnels in parallel (if the same section) ... talk to the other project! There might be massive savings possible when planned properly. Make sure a bike path to the city is not only a recreational one ... it needs to be fast too (so maybe even 2 options sometimes ... but definitely no crossings!) Park & Ride in Doncaster - it's packed ... of course you need more parking. Why have a busway when you can't get to the bus!

    Andreas asked 8 months ago

    Hi Andreas,

    Thanks for your comments and questions.

    Infrastructure Victoria recommended upgrading the current Doncaster Area Rapid Transport (DART) Bus services to support increased demand and improve reliability. Doncaster Busway wouldn’t prevent a rail option in the future should this be recommended to go ahead.

    Construction work for the first section of Suburban Rail Loop is expected to start by the end of 2022 after a full business case, design work and planning approvals have been completed.

    North East Link is Victoria’s priority road project and we’re working hard to get it happening as soon as possible.

    We’re working to get construction work started by early 2020 and possibility as early as the end of 2019 with the road opening to traffic in 2027.

    The tunnels for North East Link and the Suburban Rail Loop wouldn’t be in the same area.

    The new bike paths along the Eastern Freeway heading towards the city from Bulleen Road are being planned as commuter routes to make getting to the inner city faster and easier. We hope this will improve your trips if you travel this way!

    Lots of people have let us know that they would like upgrades to parking at Doncaster Park and Ride to be considered as part of this project. We’ve used surveys and studies to assess future demand for parking and are talking with Transport For Victoria, councils and other stakeholders to see what upgrades could be possible as part of North East Link.

    Kind regards

    The North East Link team