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In 2017 we got North East Link underway by identifying where it will be built. Our next step is to design the project.

We're asking communities to get involved as soon as possible. We want people to help start shaping design ideas in early 2018.

You can:

  • Tell us what you're most interested in by completing the short survey below
  • Ask us a question using the Q&A tool below. You can also see what questions other people have asked and read our answers.

We don't have a project design yet. This step is just the start of discussions with communities about design.

In early-mid 2018 we'll refine the design further, start the planning and approvals process and keep talking with communities about more specific elements of the project design.


View the project map and some early design ideas


In 2017 we got North East Link underway by identifying where it will be built. Our next step is to design the project.

We're asking communities to get involved as soon as possible. We want people to help start shaping design ideas in early 2018.

You can:

  • Tell us what you're most interested in by completing the short survey below
  • Ask us a question using the Q&A tool below. You can also see what questions other people have asked and read our answers.

We don't have a project design yet. This step is just the start of discussions with communities about design.

In early-mid 2018 we'll refine the design further, start the planning and approvals process and keep talking with communities about more specific elements of the project design.


View the project map and some early design ideas


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  • Is Link going under Heidi Gallery?

    Cinqueterra asked 4 days ago

    Thanks for the question Cinqueterra,

    North East Link would dive into tunnel on the north side of Lower Plenty Road and connect to an underground interchange on the south side of Manningham Road.

    We have more geotechnical studies and a lot more design work to complete before we'll know what route the tunnel will take between these two points. You can view a map of some of the opportunities and design challenges we're currently working on here http://northeastlink.vic.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0007/213955/Project-map-with-key-design-challenges-and-opportunities.pdf

    We're working towards being able to share an update on the project design early-mid this year.

    Kind regards

    The NELA team

  • No new tolls on existing roads. How will tolls be applied from M80 to Eastern Freeway? Which sections, if any will have tolls?

    Jeff1946 asked 6 days ago

    Hi Jeff,

    Thanks for the question. North East Link would be tolled between the M80 and the Eastern Freeway. 

    There would be no tolls on the M80, the Eastern Freeway or local roads.

    We're working on a tolling policy that makes sure North East Link is a good alternative for people. More information about tolling will be available in the project business case early-mid this year.

    Kind regards

    The NELA team

  • Currently Greensborough residents can easily get to and from the airport by jumping on the ring road from Greenbsborough Highway. Once the NE Link is in place, will local residents be required to pay a toll to take the same journey to the airport?

    PLC asked 10 days ago

    Hi PLC,

    Local residents will be able to use North East Link if they want, but won't be forced to. 

    Between Lower Plenty Road and near Elder Street, North East Link would be lowered and run alongside the Simpson Barracks side of Greensborough Road. Greensborough Road would be kept for local use. 

    From near Elder Street, North East Link would continue north using the existing Greensborough Highway road reserve. Local roads would run directly along both sides of North East Link to provide a toll-free option. These would connect to the M80.

    We still have a lot more design work to do before we know exactly how North East Link will work, but you can see an early schematic of the functional intent for the section from Yallambie Road to Grimshaw Street on our website here http://northeastlink.vic.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0008/213956/Watsonia-Map-Yallambie-Rd-to-Grimshaw-St-schematic-web.pdf

    We're working towards sharing an update on project design work and seeking community feedback early-mid this year.

    Kind regards

    The NELA team

  • How is project designed to access North East link from Lower Plenty Rd

    Jian asked 13 days ago

    Thanks for the question Jian,

    Travelling southwards, North East Link will dive into tunnel north of Lower Plenty Road. This means that connections to North East Link will need be on the north side of Lower Plenty Road to connect to the tunnel entrance.

    We're working on project design at the moment and expect to share some early design ideas and seek community feedback early-mid this year.

    Kind regards

    The NELA team

  • The endangered Matted Flax Lily grows near the top of Banyule creek. This species is protected by the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act. These plants are in the middle of an area that will become a road trench for the North East Link. Habitat loss is the main reason this species is endangered and this rare area of good Matted Flax Lily habitat will be razed. Moving existing plants somewhere else does not address the loss of this habitat. What are you planning to do to preserve the Matted Flax Lily?

    Save the Matted FLax Lily asked about 1 month ago

    Hi Save the Matted Flax Lily,

    Thanks for the question. Our environment teams have been conducting field studies across the project corridor, together with using information available in government and other databases, to identify flora and fauna in the area. As the project progresses we will do more detailed surveys and analysis to determine the full extent of native flora and fauna that may be affected, including any protected species. This work will inform the design of the project and allow for a comprehensive assessment of potential impact by specialists through the formal Environment Effects Statement process. The Matted Flax Lily is one species we are currently looking at closely in our studies.

    Kind regards

    The NELA team

  • Will there be a night time noise policy to deal with the noise from trucks whilst people are sleeping? The current Vicroads noise policy excludes midnight to 6 am on the Eastern Freeway. This question relates to both the new road and the existing Eastern Freeway.

    barry watson asked about 2 months ago

    Hi Barry,

    Thanks for the question. Truck curfews are determined by VicRoads. We'll continue to work closely with them as we plan North East Link.

    We'll also be undertaking detailed studies to assess existing noise conditions and model predicted conditions once North East Link is built to determine mitigation measures.

    Kind regards

    The NELA team

  • I would like to understand more about the plans for Elder St connectivity to Watsonia train station and what will become Old Greensborough Rd. As a resident of Greensborough, I do not want to be restricted to just Grimshaw St or Yallambie Rd to get out every morning at peak hour as these will become very congested. Greensborough to Watsonia connectivity via Elder St is important. Thanks

    PLC asked 13 days ago

    Hi PLC,

    Thanks for getting in touch. Through conversations with communities throughout 2018 we heard that maintaining local connectivity in your local area is important to people. 

    As we develop the project design for North East Link we'll be working to keep the same kind of local connectivity you have now. There would still be an east-west connection between Greensborough and Watsonia at Elder Street. 

    We'll be sharing more information about project design ideas and seeking community feedback early-mid this year.

    Kind regards

    The NELA team


  • How long will this 'Ask a Question' web page remain open in 2018?

    DLB asked 17 days ago

    Hi DLB,

    We'll be here to answer your questions throughout 2018. You can also contact us on 1800 941 191 and at community@northeastlink.vic.gov.au 

    Kind regards

    The NELA team

  • Greensborough Hwy currently has a (seemingly unenforced) truck curfew between 10pm and 6am. I presume that this will disappear with the introduction of the NEL. What noise mitigation is planned for the NEL between Elder St and Grimshaw St?

    WatsoniaMind? asked about 1 month ago

    Thanks for the question WatsoniaMind,

    Managing noise will be an important part of our assessments to inform planning approvals for North East Link.  

    Detailed work will be done to understand existing and predicted noise levels and what mitigation measures would be required. We'll be able to share more information about noise management and seeking community feedback as the project develops.

    Kind regards

    The NELA team.


  • Hi, when will you make a detailed map showing the planned freeway widening between Doncaster Rd and Bulleen Rd available to the public? Many of us in this area would be keen to see the proposed footprint of this change. If there is one already available, could you please refer me to it. Cheers Ange

    Ange asked about 1 month ago

    Hi Ange,

    Thanks for the question. Now that we have a project corridor for North East Link, our next step is to design the new road and the upgrades to the Eastern Freeway. We're working to share a project design with communities early-mid next year. We'll make information available online and host a number of drop-in display sessions to seek community feedback.

    Kind regards

    The NELA team

  • Can you advise how many less cars on Bulleen Rd are expected? You have provided specific figures for Greensborough Rd, Rosanna Rd, Fitzsimons Ln, Lower Plenty Rd, Banksia St, Plenty Rd, Burke Rd, Reynolds Rd, Chandler Hwy and Main Rd - can you please provide for Bulleen Rd?

    Lyrebird asked about 1 month ago

    Hi Lyrebird,

    Detailed traffic modelling results will be available in the business case next year.

    Kind regards

    The NELA team

  • The NEL Community Update 3 (Nov-17) details, on the last page, the number of cars and trucks that will be "off local streets a day". This shows reductions for ten different streets around the NEL study area, indicating that modelling is available for the traffic impacts on key local roads. Curiously, the figures for Bulleen Road are not listed in this update. Can you please provide these figures (decrease or increase) for Bulleen Road, based on this modelling?

    Lyrebird asked about 1 month ago

    Hi Lyrebird,

    Thanks for the question. Our traffic modelling shows that there would be less cars and trucks on Bulleen Road with North East Link in place. Detailed traffic modelling will be available in the business case next year.

    Kind regards

    The NELA team.

  • Hi, I am a resident of the Streeton Views Estate, Yallambie. My concern is for continued access from the east side of the proposed Northeast Link Road to Greensborough Rd and the suburbs of Macleod and Watsonia on the west side of the Link Road. I have noted the answers to similar questions and the commitments to build access from Elder St to the Watsonia Station and shops and from Yallambie Rd to Greensborough Rd. Will there be continued provision for cars turning right from Lower Plenty Road into Greensborough Rd heading north? Also, there is presently a rough foot track at the end of Coleen St, Yallambie, that provides pedestrians and cyclists a route across Greensborough Rd to Erskine Rd and Macleod Station. Will a foot bridge be built to continue this access?

    Christine of Yallambie asked about 1 month ago

    Hi Christine,

    Thanks for the questions. We'll be designing North East Link to keep the local connections you have today.

    Cars travelling along Lower Plenty Road will still be able to turn into Greensborough Road.

    Thanks for letting us know you use the path at Coleen Street. We'll be developing a walking and cycling plan for the area and this kind of information is very useful for us. If you're interested in helping to shape walking and cycling connections in your area, we encourage you to let us know by completing the short survey on this site. We'd love to have you involved.

    Kind regards

    The NELA team


  • so I see you've chosen the cheapest option - no surprise there Imagine if the Sydney Harbour planners had chosen to go cheap in the 1930s this is in no way a ring road for the north- east, option C would have been better how can you mitigate bottlenecks on the Eastern Freeway by adding more lanes when you've got the mother of all bottlenecks just east of Springvale Road in the form of tunnels also we do not want to loose any of the Koonung Creek reserves and bike tracks to lane widening work on the Bulleeen Road interchange must include an underpass for riders/walkers as currently Bulleen Road is the only place where traffic has to be crossed between Fed Square and Ringwood

    rider1 asked about 1 month ago

    Hi rider1,

    Thanks for getting in touch. As we design North East Link we'll be working to keep, upgrade, or build new walking and cycling connections along the Eastern Freeway. This would include a new pedestrian bridge over the Eastern Freeway at Bulleen Road to make walking and cycling connections here safer and easier.

    The problems people are experiencing on the Eastern Freeway today come at high volume merge points, like Springvale Road near the Mullum Mullum tunnels. The tunnels themselves do not pose a problem now or in the future. The upgrades planned at Springvale Road will help to ease congestion at this merge point, keep traffic flowing and improve the operation of the tunnels.

    It's also important to note than none of the options for North East Link would have been cheap. The project corridor that will be proceeding provides the most benefit for users and the broader community in a more cost-effective way than the other corridors. Options B or C would have cost significantly more and provided nowhere near the benefits. We're talking billions more dollars for a project which would not have given us the travel time savings or the congestion busters North East Link needs to deliver.

    Kind regards

    The NELA team

  • I have looked at your map on your website and there is not very much detail there at all. My house in Koonung Sweet Balwyn North backs onto the freeway reserve at one of the narrowest points. I am very concerned about if you are widening the eastern freeway between Bulleen and Doncaster Roads. I can find no information about where the Eastern freeway is going to be widened. I would also like to know what noise cancelling barriers you are planning to put along the eastern freeway to compensate residents for the increased traffic noise.

    Worried CB asked about 1 month ago

    Hi Worried CB,

    Thanks for getting in touch. The Eastern Freeway will be widened between Bulleen Road and Springvale Road.

    As part of the design work we'll be undertaking next year we'll be looking at ways to keep the works on the Eastern Freeway within the existing road reserve as much as possible. Where works outside the road reserve are needed we'll be minimising the project footprint and impacts as much as possible.

    During our conversations with communities this year we heard from lots of residents who are concerned about current noise levels along the Eastern Freeway. New or improved noise barriers will be installed along the Eastern Freeway as part of North East Link. 

    Kind regards

    The NELA team

  • Hi NELA Your Technical Summary (p57) states that "The project has the potential to enable the creation of new public transport services or enhance existing routes within the corridor." In the latest information there doesn't seem to be any mention of new services, just additional buses on the Eastern and additional parking at Watsonia Station. Can you please update us on your discussions with Councils and PTV to improve connectivity and services for those of us who want to avoid adding to the traffic problems.

    beautifulbanyule asked about 2 months ago

    Hi beautifulbanyule,

    Thanks for the question. North East Link will make real improvements to public transport services and make it easier and safer to travel on foot and by bike.

    Doncaster Busway will provide a massive boost to public transport and slash current bus travel times by around 30%. Each day around 16,000 trips are made using Doncaster Area Rapid Transit (DART) routes. It’s the highest patronised bus route in Melbourne and carries more passengers than the Upfield and Alamein train lines. During peak periods services depart Doncaster Park and Ride every 5 minutes. Doncaster Busway provides the potential to increase capacity further.

    As part of our early planning we’ve looked at SMART bus services across the north-east and how reducing congestion on the roads these routes use can improve services. We’ve also looked at the potential for bus services to be prioritised. Discussions with Transport for Victoria have been a key part of this early work. We’ll keep working closely with them as we develop the project design. You can read more about Transport for Victoria, and their role to coordinate Victoria's transport network, here https://transport.vic.gov.au/

    As we develop the project design, we’ll also be talking to communities, Councils and other government public transport bodies.

    North East Link includes a major upgrades to existing as well as brand new walking and cycling links all the way from the M80 to the Eastern Freeway and Main Yarra Trail. The project will provide up to 12 kilometres of new dedicated off-road walking and cycling paths, with an additional 10 kilometres of on-road bicycle lanes.

    The new walking and cycling connections will improve connectivity to St Mary’s Parish Primary School, Watsonia Primary School, Greensborough College and the schools and sporting facilities along Bulleen Road (Trinity College Sports Complex, Marcellin College) and to other local schools nearby.

    On-road bicycle paths will improve cycling accessibility to the activity centres of Greensborough, Watsonia and Heidelberg.

    The new shared use paths will connect to nearby local roads where possible.

    A new bridge for pedestrians and cyclists over Lower Plenty Road is one example of how the North East Link project will improve walking and cycling connections for short as well as longer commutes.

    Kind regards

    The NELA team


  • If option A goes ahead my question is we will have to build an actual ring road to benefit all the cars going to Diamond Creek and Eltham. At present cars coming off the ring road go to Diamond Creek or down Diamond Creek road and then St Helena Road to go to Eltham. So eventually we will have to have a proper RING road that will cater for all people living out further. Option C would have been better as this would have helped people living out further and been a proper ring road. Pity Greensborough. We have enough traffic now.

    Sandra asked about 1 month ago

    Hi Sandra,

    Thanks for the question. The project corridor that has been recommended takes the most cars and trucks off local streets than any other option – by far. It will attract the most traffic and provide the greatest opportunity for connection into the existing road network.

    Melbourne hasn’t grown in a neat circle, particularly in the north east and east, so the shape of the road through areas where it collects the most traffic doesn’t naturally follow a ring. We’re connecting the freeways in the most direct way where it will benefit the most people.

    We’ve also looked carefully at projected population growth. Our modelling and analysis goes to 2051 and indicates that this alignment will still be providing value to the community at that time. This decision does not rule out future project corridors.

    In addition to North East Link, we’re looking at potential complementary projects to address other local congestion issues. During our conversations with communities earlier this year, lots of people told us about congestion on Diamond Creek Road, particularly at the roundabout. This is something our team is looking closely at.

    Kind regards

    The NELA team


  • Hi, I notice that several of your responses to previous questions regarding the widening of the Eastern Freeway mention " At this early stage we think between 5-40 metres of Koonung Creek Reserve could be required in some sections". This seems very specific so you must have a pretty good idea about where you will need to break out of the current "road reserve". Are you able to comment about the section of freeway between Elgar Road and Doncaster Road, will there be a requirement to break outside of the road reserve there? In particular will there be an impact to the Koonung Creek Wetlands on the south side of the freeway where my children and I go to see the birdlife and turtles? Thank-you

    Steve74 asked about 1 month ago

    Hi Steve74,

    Thanks for the question. As we develop the project design we’ll be working to keep the upgrades to the Eastern Freeway within the road reserve as much as possible. We’ll know more about where we may need to extend outside the road reserve after we’ve completed more technical and environmental studies and design work.

    We understand that public open space and the environment is important to communities and that many people in the area want to see information about the project design as soon as possible. We’ll be sharing this and seeking feedback from communities to help refine the design as soon as we can. At this stage we expect information about design will be ready early-mid next year. 

    Kind regards

    The NELA team


  • Your response to my question regading commencing the tunnel north of Grimshaw Street (or at least well north of Elder Street) to maintain the current connectivity between Greensborough & Watsonia is confusing at best. You stated that "NELA investigated extending the tunnel further north but it would have clashed with the Hurstbridge rail line. A longer tunnel also wouldn't have allowed for an interchange at Grimshaw Street which is needed to get traffic off local roads." Please better explain this statement when NELA proposed a tunnel portal near Grimshaw Street in Option B? I too have a design & road engineering background and see no impediment to grading a tunnel well below the rail line invert levels and accommodating an interchange at Grinshaw Street under the current road alignment if the portal is north of Grimshaw Street. Also a tunnel from Grimshaw street could be more optimally aligned to more conveniently cross under the rail line. It would also allow the current surface Greensborough Rd to be narrowed & beautified with a landscaped median strip. Given this situation was proposed in Option B, will the extent of the tunnel be re-examined during the upcoming design phase of the project or is our community going to be resticted to 'Green' Bridges over a noisy & smelly motorway that will divide the community WE live in?

    Effbee asked about 2 months ago

    Hi Effbee,

    Thanks for getting in touch again. We're designing North East Link to have maximum grades of 4% in tunnels and at the approach and exit of tunnels. We also need to maintain a minimum clearance of 15 metres above a 3 lane tunnel and below the existing Hurstbridge rail line.

    The interchange at Grimshaw Street needs to provide movements in all directions. One of the issues with Option B would have been major impacts to residential properties in the area.

    We're still early in the project. The design for North East Link will continue to be refined next year. We'll also be completing further geotechnical studies.

    We'll be hosting a community drop in this Wednesday night in Greensborough from 2-7pm at the Masonic Hall, 23 Ester Street. Our engineers will be there if you would like to meet with them to talk about some of the design challenges and opportunities for North East Link. 

    Kind regards

    The NELA team

  • Hi NELA There a few large panels of cyclone fencing left at Banyule Flats where you were drilling a couple of months ago. No apparent reason for them and they are an eyestore in an otherwise natural landscape. Could we have them removed please?

    beautifulbanyule asked about 2 months ago

    Hi beautifulbanyule,

    Thanks for letting us know. We have a few geotech study sites at Banyule Flats, some of which are still active. Can you give us a little bit more information about where the fencing is? 

    Kind regards

    The NELA team

  • Hi NELA, Is it possible that the local toll-free connections along NEL between Watsonia Rd & the M80/Greensborough bypass might end up similar to the connections between Hoddle St & Alexandra Pde (except longer)? E.g., northbound traffic travels west of NEL & southbound traffic travels east of NEL. If this may be the case, could it be possible for traffic from side streets east of Greensborough Hwy, to access a stretch of road running parallel to the other side of NEL (i.e., on its western side) via bridge crossings? This could be one way to open up and improve access for local traffic. I'm primarily thinking of the streets between Elder St & Grimshaw St.

    AtoB asked about 2 months ago

    Hi AtoB,

    Visual impact, as well as the potential for homes to be acquired for footings and access ramps, would likely prevent bridges from smaller residential streets over North East Link from being a viable option.

    Kind regards

    The NELA team

  • What is going to happen to Koonung Park Reserve at the corner of Furneaux Grove and Balwyn Rd in Bulleen?

    bulleenresident asked about 2 months ago

    Hi Bulleen Resident,

    Thanks for the question. We'll be working to keep the works on the Eastern Freeway within the existing road reserve as much as possible. Where we have to go outside the road reserve the impacts will be minimised as much as possible.

    We'll be working with local councils to manage impacts to public open space outside the freeway reserve. At this stage we think we may need around 5-40 metres of the Koonung Creek Linear reserve in some sections. The Koonung Park Reserve playing fields at the corner of Furneaux Grove and Balwyn Road are not likely to be required for North East Link.

    Kind regards

    The NELA team

  • Hello. Will the entry from Thompsons Rd for traffic heading East along the Eastern Freeway be retained? Will the exit from the Eastern Freeway on to Bulleen Rd be retained? Will the Veneto Club experience a loss of parking and access from Bulleen Rd?

    Nobull asked about 2 months ago

    Hi Nobull,

    Thanks for your questions. 

    We're working to make sure that people don't lose the local connections they have now. Connections from both Thompsons Road and Bulleen Road to the Eastern Freeway would be retained. You would also still be able to access the Veneto Club from Bulleen Road.

    We've been speaking regularly with the Veneto Club and will stay in contact with them as the project develops to understand their concerns and discuss possible solutions and improvements to access.

    Kind regards

    The NELA team


  • 1. Will you be acquiring any part of the Koonung Creek Reserve in Balwyn North? 2. Will you retain the small lake? This is OUR "green wedge" which is very important for our community. Also, 3. will Dunshea Oval at Carey Sport Ground be safe? Illustration 2 on the third page of your pamphlet looks as though all lanes go to the west of Bulleen Road as they approach the portal, encroaching on Carey's grounds.

    Rosalind Alley asked about 2 months ago

    Hi Rosalind,

    Thanks for the questions. 

    We'll be working to keep works on the Eastern Freeway within the existing road reserve as much as possible. Where we have to go outside the road reserve we'll be minimising impacts as much as possible. 

    We'll be working with Melbourne Water and local councils to manage impacts to the Koonung Creek Reserve and other public open space along the Eastern Freeway. At this early stage we think between 5-40 metres of Koonung Creek Reserve could be required in some sections - but we know that open space is important to people and will keep this as tight as we can during project design.

    At this stage we do not expect that North East Link would require part of Dunshea Oval. We've been talking to the school regularly and will continue to work closely with them as the project develops. Importantly, we'll be looking at how we can improve access and safety for students.

    Kind regards

    The NELA team

  • Placarded loads (petrol, lp gas, corrosives etc) are not permitted in tunnels. Trucks carrying these dangerous loads will still have to use local roads, past homes, schools, playgrounds etc. if the eastern most option was chosen, which had no tunnels, these trucks could have used the link, removing them from local roads. What is your solution to remove the transport of such loads through local roads? Was the chosen plan ‘the cheapest option’?

    Neil1 asked about 2 months ago

    Hi Neil,

    Thanks for your questions. Through our very early work on North East Link we determined that the eastern option (Corridor D) would have required tunnels to protect sensitive environmental areas. Early studies also found that this option would have offered minimal ability to reduce trucks on residential roads and been unlikely to help reduce congestion in the north east.

    Connecting the M80 to an upgraded Eastern Freeway takes the most cars and trucks off local streets than any other option - by far.

    Placarded loads represent around 1% of truck traffic in the north-east. We'll be designing North East Link tunnels to world-class standards. This will enable some placarded vehicles to use the tunnels in the future should restrictions in Australia change.

    None of the options for North East Link would have been cheap. The project corridor provides the most benefit to road users and the broader community in a more cost effective way than the other corridors. Costings are still estimates but the other options would have cost billions more and provided nowhere near the time saving or congestion busting benefits North East Link needs to deliver.

    Kind regards

    The NELA team


  • Hi We received information on the proposed north east link tunnel yesterday. There were statistics on the level of traffic relief on specific roads. We noted that Bulleen Road was not listed which concerns us greatly. We would like to know if the Manningham Road interchange or any other interchange includes off ramps onto Bulleen Road, and if so is the project team conceding much of the south bound traffic relief from Burke Road is simply being redirected onto Bulleen Road exits, which will then cut through the residential streets in Balwyn North + Doncaster Road in Balwyn North to crab back onto Burke Road. This will no doubt shorten the trip south bound but will create significant bottle necks around Balwyn North if accurate. Our hope is that freeway bound traffic from current south bound roads will be relieved by north east link connecting seamlessly onto the Rastern Freeway and that south bound traffic will continue to take either the existing Burke or Bulleen Road options. Best Oliver Kysela

    OK73 asked about 2 months ago

    Hi Oliver,

    Thanks for the questions. Our traffic modelling does show reductions on Bulleen Road. 

    The reductions on Burke Road would be from traffic redistributing onto North East Link - not onto Bulleen Road. 

    North East Link will connect seamlessly to the Eastern Freeway and help relieve congested north to south bound arterial roads. 

    Our traffic modelling also shows that around 75% of people on North East Link would use it to travel between Melbourne's north and east/south-east rather than to travel into the city.

    There is no increase expected for traffic to the CBD.

    Kind regards

    The NELA team

  • When will NELA release to the public detailed traffic estimates for Corridor A that show the changes to traffic volumes on all other roads in the corridor? I am disappointed that this type of information was not available during the consideration of alternative corridors. I am also interested in how NELA can accomodate sufficient traffic lanes and a bus express lane service in the section between Bulleen Road and Doncaster Road without significant impact on existing parkland and other properties.

    Mary V asked about 2 months ago

    Hi Mary,

    Thanks for the questions. We've heard that communities want North East Link to get the traffic solution right. Traffic modelling information will be provided as part of the project business case which will be released early next year. There is information from our early traffic modelling here http://northeastlink.vic.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0003/124257/170804-NEL_Technical-Summary.pdf

    We'll be working to keep as much of the works on the Eastern Freeway within the existing road reserve as possible. There would be no homes required along the Eastern Freeway. 

    We will be working with Melbourne Water and the local councils to manage impacts to the Koonung Creek Linear park and other public open space along the Eastern Freeway.

    Kind regards

    The NELA team

  • What impact will widening of the Eastern Freeway have on adjacent parkland, walking/cycling path (Koonung Creek Trail) and houses in Blackburn North?

    Ashley asked about 2 months ago

    Hi Ashley,

    Thanks for the questions. We'll be working to keep as much of the works as possible for North East Link with the existing Eastern Freeway road reserve.

    Where we have to go outside the reserve, the impacts will be reduced as much as possible.

    We will be working with Melbourne Water and the local councils to manage impacts to the Koonung Creek Linear park and other public open space along the Eastern Freeway. 

    We'll also be working to maintain or improve existing walking and cycling connections and looking at opportunities for new connections.

    There would be no homes required along the Eastern Freeway.

    Kind regards

    The NELA team.

  • The new bus way sounds exciting. I hope you allow for a lot more car parking at Doncaster Park & Ride. By 8:15am the car park is full.

    Murphy asked about 2 months ago

    Hi Murphy,

    Great to hear you're excited about Melbourne's first express busway! This part of the project will be developed in partnership with Transport for Victoria and we're looking forward to talking to communities about it next year. If you'd like to get involved, we encourage you to complete the short survey on this site.

    Kind regards

    The NELA team.

  • Hi, Can you give a bit more detail about the position of the Manningham Rd interchange and how it will effect local traffic. Will the massive plot of vacant land on Bulleen Rd, which was the old Drive inn site be used...???

    Benn asked about 2 months ago

    Hi Benn,

    Thanks for the questions. We still have more work to do before we can know more detail about the Manningham Road interchange. At this stage we know it will be underground south of Manningham Road. We'll be designing the interchange so that people would still be able to make the same trips on local roads that they do today.

    Kind regards

    The NELA team.

  • Why weren't you honest during the consultation AND WILL NOISE RESTRICTIONS ON THE FREEWAY AT SPRINGVALE ROAD BE RELAXED and WHAT WILL THE LEVEL BE? WHAT RESTRICTIONS WILL THERE BE ON NOISE MADE AS PART OF CONSTRUCTION, EXACTLY? At the 'consultation' I attended, tiring of the pious 'somebody has to be affected' spin, I asked specifically how we would be affected in the area bounded by Springvale Road, AShwood Drive/Basingstoke Road and Springfield Road in MItcham. I was specifically told that only option A would affect this area. When I persisted and wouldn't be fobbed off, I was told 'noise restrictions WILL HAVE TO BE ADJUSTED TO A HIGHER LEVEL OF NOISE FOR CONSTRUCTION AND LATER TRAFFIC after completion if options C and D are implemented'. This map looks as if this area WILL be affected by Option A. So resist this opportunity for further mendacity. Questions: WILL NOISE RESTRICTIONS BE RAISED AND TO WHAT FROM WHAT, DURING CONSTRUCTION AND LATER WHEN THE EXTENSION IS IN OPERATION AT THE SPRINGVALE ROAD EXIT? As it is you can hear traffic night and day in my area, and air brakes all through the night with no apparent controls and there is no glowing track record on this without strident resident action for their existing rights to quiet enjoyment being reinforced eg "2013 CALLS for acoustic barriers to protect residents from Western Ring Road ... built noise walls on Monash Freeway to protect residents despite it falling below the noise threshold. ... but couldn't commit to Labor funding should it win next year's state election". 2015 "The existing noise policy allows older freeways — including sections of the Eastern, Monash and Calder freeways — to reach 68db before noise reduction measures like barriers are installed." So, what will the noise level limit be during construction and later during operation of the the link at Springvale Road?

    TruthPreferred asked about 2 months ago

    Hi TruthPreferred,

    Thanks for letting us know you are concerned about existing noise in your area and potential changes associated with North East Link.

    Works for North East Link would be west of Springvale Road and would mostly be adding extra lanes. We expect that these works will help improve traffic flow onto EastLink.

    Managing noise will be an important part of our assessments to inform the planning approvals. 

    Detailed work will be done through the planning and approvals process to understand existing noise levels across the corridor and predicted noise levels once North East Link is constructed.

    If you would like to meet with our team to talk about noise we’ll be hosting some informal drop-in sessions over the next few weeks. The closest one to you will be on Wednesday 13 December from 4 – 8pm at the Manningham Hotel in Bulleen.

    Kind regards

    The NELA team. 


  • Have the tunnels been shown to be feasible? What are the environmental impacts to groundwater and surface water of a tunnel? How will road runoff be treated? Where are the air stacks and will there be air treatment? Can all trucks use the tunnels? What usage restrictions will be put on Rosanna Road? What difference will this make to Rosanna Road? What happens to th river and paths alongside the Eastern Freeway? Will it be built over?

    B asked about 2 months ago

    Hi B,

    Thanks for the questions. The Victorian Government has committed to building North East Link with a six lane tunnel beneath Bulleen Flats and the Yarra River to preserve sensitive ecosystems and residential areas.

    We will be using a Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM) machine method which means no surface impact apart from construction at the openings at each end. We have great experience and proven technology to ensure the project is built safely and efficiently while preserving the surrounding environment.

    As with any road tunnel construction, a ventilation system will be included in its design to maintain air quality in accordance with all stringent laws.

    Air quality assessments and modelling will be undertaken through the extensive planning and approvals process to understand existing conditions and to predict changes. This will inform the design of ventilation system.

    It’s too early to say where the ventilation structures will be. However, as a general rule, ventilation structures are located at the beginning or end of the tunnels.

    Air quality would be monitored both before and after the construction of the road tunnel to ensure EPA guidelines are met.

    This route accommodates the highest freight volumes and takes the most number of trucks off residential roads in the north-east. Around 75% of trucks will be gone from Rosanna Road.

    The tunnels will be designed and constructed to the highest engineering standards which will enable some placarded vehicles to use the tunnels in future should restrictions change. It’s important to remember that placarded/dangerous goods vehicles make up a small percentage of local truck traffic - less than 1%.

    We will be working with Melbourne Water and the local councils to manage impacts to the Koonung Creek Linear park and other public open space along the Eastern Freeway.

    We will work to stay within the Eastern Freeway reserve and where we have to go outside the reserve, the impacts will be reduced as much as possible.

    We’ll also be working to maintain and improve existing walking and cycling connections and at opportunities for new connections.

    Kind regards

    The NELA team


  • Re Austral Ct Heidelberg How deep will the tunnel be and will there be movement of earth that will cause foundations to shift causing cracks in our homes? Will there be air vents affecting us? Or impact tablewater at Banyule Flats and surrounds?

    Red asked about 2 months ago

    Hi Red,

    Thanks for the questions. We still have more engineering and geotechnical studies to complete before we can know more about which route the tunnel will take and how deep it will be.

    We do know that when the tunnel passes under the Yarra River the top of the tunnel would be about 15 metres under the river bed.

    There are thousands of tunnels operating around the world, including some in Melbourne. These tunnels are built deep underground and designed so that people living and working above them don't even notice they are there. During tunnel construction vibration is managed so that the buildings above are not affected. Building surveys are also completed before and after construction for nearby properties.

    It's too early to say where ventilation structures would be. However, as a general rule they are typically located at the beginning or end of the tunnels. There would not be a ventilation structure near Austral Court. 

    We have teams of surface and groundwater specialists working on North East Link. Our geotechnical studies are also helping us to understand ground water levels and geology so that we can develop the best alignment. We have great experience and proven technology to ensure the project is built safely and efficiently while preserving the surrounding environment.

    Kind regards

    The NELA team

  • Hi, what is the impact of this road on Watsonia Primary School, Concord Junior Campus and AK lines reserve. As the limited images supplied suggest that there will be slip lanes along the fence lines of these locations. Also what will be done to mitigate the increased traffic noise

    Bryan asked about 2 months ago

    Hi Bryan,

    Thanks for the questions. We'll be keeping works for North East Link within the existing Greensborough Highway road reserve as much as possible. 

    To allow for North East Link and local roads running either side of North East Link it is likely we would require a small edge of the A.K.Lines Reserve and a small edge of Watsonia Primary School's land. There would be no impact on school buildings. We'll be working closely with Banyule City Council and the school as the project progresses. 

    Managing noise will be an important part of our assessments to inform planning approvals. For the school we'll be looking at options to improve noise attenuation. 

    Kind regards

    The NELA team

  • Will there be any impact to St Martins of Tours Primary School?

    Patrick B asked about 2 months ago

    Hi Patrick,

    Thanks for the question. We've been talking with St Martin of Tours and will continue to work closely with them as the project develops. We've committed to not requiring land on the west and south sides of Lower Plenty Road interchange and it's not likely any of the school's land would be required to construct North East Link.

    Kind regards 

    The NELA team 

  • My specific question is: How are you going to widen the Eastern Freeway (already very close to my home in Blackburn North) between Doncaster Road and Springvale Road without swallowing up homes and precious parkland along Koonung Creek and the Mullum Mullum Creek? This is especially pertinent as we already lost several homes and much of the creekland in this area when the Eastern Freeway was extended originally. This is a disgusting project which I do not support at all. Thank you. John Young

    John Young asked about 2 months ago

    Hi John,

    Thanks for your questions. We'll be working to keep as much of the works on the Eastern Freeway within the existing road reserve as possible. 

    There would be no homes required along the Eastern Freeway.

    We know open space is important to people and are working to keep impacts to Koonung Creek Reserve minimal. Conversations with Melbourne Water, local councils and communities will be an important part of how we do this.

    Mullum Mullum Creek runs on top of the EastLink tunnels. North East Link would not include works in this area.

    Kind regards

    The NELA team.


  • Hi, I am trying to understand where the tunneling will end in the Bulleen area? Is it likely that Marcellin College will lose a portion of its playing fields?

    ADN asked about 2 months ago

    Hi ADN,

    Thanks for the question. Now that we know where North East Link will be built, we can start work on project design. There may be some impact on some school sporting grounds near Bulleen Road and we're working closely with the schools to get the best outcomes for them and their students.  

    We'll also be working with the schools to improve access and safety including providing better connections on foot and by bike.

    Kind regards

    The NEAL team

  • Hi NELA, Thanks for the responses. Regarding the Busway, I note that 2 of the 4 DART routes (907 + 908) exit the Eastern Fwy @ Doncaster Park & Ride as it is, while the 906 exits a little further on at Blackburn Road. The 905 however exits at Bulleen Rd. Would the 905 still be capable of using the Busway and exit here, or is it likely to be redirected?

    AtoB asked about 2 months ago

    Hi AtoB,

    Thanks for the question. We're still at a very early stage for this project and still have more work to do before we will be able to answer detailed questions like this. The Doncaster Busway will be developed in partnership with Transport for Victoria who will look after planning bus services and routes. 

    Kind regards

    The NELA team.

  • I live in Bulleen and frequently use the foot bridge in Estelle st to cross over the Eastern Freeway to access the Koonung Creek park and the cycle track. What will happen to this footbridge and other foot bridges that currently go over the Eastern Freeway? I need access to the cycle paths form the Bulleen side to cycle to work in the city.

    bulleenresident asked about 2 months ago

    Hi Bulleen Resident,

    Thanks for the question. We'll be looking at upgrades to existing walking and cycling connections as well as new connections as part of the project design. There would likely be an upgrade to the link over the Eastern Freeway at Estelle Street and connections into existing trails. If you'd like to be part of helping to shape walking and cycling connections in your area, we encourage you to let us know by completing the short survey on this site.

    Kind regards

    The NELA team

  • I am a Watsonia resident who often needs to travel along Yallambie Road so what access will be available from Watsonia Road to Yallambie Road

    GordonRR asked about 2 months ago

    Hi Gordon,

    Thanks for the question. North East Link would be lowered and pass under Yallambie Road. You you would still be able to drive across Yallambie Road to Watsonia Road to get to the shops and other local places.

    Kind regards

    The NELA team

  • Hi NELA, I'd like to know what housing areas will be effected?

    Drew Lock asked about 2 months ago

    Hi Drew,

    We're working to minimise acquisition as much as possible. Our team was out last week talking directly with people who are potentially affected. To respect the privacy of residents and owners we won't be releasing information about which homes are potentially affected.

    Approximately 75 residential properties have been advised they are likely to be affected and potentially required as part of the project. This estimate is based on a review of the corridor and proximity of properties to existing roads and intersection areas. The number of properties affected will be refined as the project develops. We will be in a position to have more certainty about areas of acquisition as design work progresses.

    We'll be staying in touch with the individuals potentially affected every step of the way. If you have any concerns about your property, please contact us on 1800 941 191.

    Kind regards

    The NELA team

  • Hi NELA, All throughout this process NELA has repeatedly said existing roads are to be retained and that the North East Link will be a new road running alongside Greensborough Road / Greensborough Highway/ Greensborough Bypass through to the M80. I have just received the Community Update Issue 03 November 2017. It shows on the third page an interchange diagram of the North East Link passing under Grimshaw Street. Although, there appears to be no other road going underneath, where has the Greensborough Highway gone, where is the continuation of Greensborough Road from Macleod/Rosanna past Grimshaw Street towards M80?!?! I think locals (including myself) are concerned that the straight forward toll free path to M80/Diamond Creek has been removed by NELA. NELA, could you explain how will locals get onto the start of the M80 or get onto the Greensborough Bypass heading towards Diamond Creek without incurring a toll??? I believe similar questions may have been asked, although the answer received from NELA has been local roads/local access. Please do not repeat local roads/local access, please name the road(s) that will be the most direct toll free path from Greensborough Road, Rosanna/Macleod to the M80. If the answer is again local roads/local access, then I fear that concerns are being confirmed and NELA expects locals to do very slow rat running left and right to get onto M80 etc. with the existing clear pathway lost to locals! Thanks

    Andrew b asked about 2 months ago

    Hi Andrew,

    We're sorry to hear our newsletter has concerned you. You will still be able to make the trips you make today without paying tolls or taking slow rat runs. 

    The image in the newsletter is an artist impression of what the interchange at Grimshaw Street could look like. It's not a final design. We still have more work to do before we will know exactly how this interchange will work and what it will look like.

    Between Lower Plenty Road and near Watsonia Road North East Link would be lowered and run alongside Greensborough Road on the Simpson Barracks side. Greensbourough Road would be kept for local use.

    North of the area near Watsonia Road, North East Link would travel up to the M80/Greensborough Bypass using the Greensborough Highway road Reserve. 

    Other roads would run directly along both sides of North East Link for local toll-free trips. They would connect all the way up to the M80 and the Greensborough Bypass. 

    The route would be straightforward and you would be able to access it from the same local roads you use now to access Greensborough Highway.

    In other words, if you were heading north on Greensborough Road, once you reach the area near Watsonia Road you would keep heading north on a road that would run directly alongside North East Link all the way up to the M80. You would be able to turn left to get on to the M80 or turn right on to Greensborough Bypass.

    We'll be talking to communities when we start early design work on some of these ideas at the start of next year. If you'd like to be involved we encourage you to let us know by completing the short survey on this site.

    Kind regards

    The NELA team

  • I am extremely disappointed that Option A has been chosen for the North -East Link. Admittedly it it the cheapest initial cost outlay, even if has increased by nearly 50% in less than six months. It shall take some traffic off Greensborough Highway, Rosanna Road, Lower Heidelberg Road, Banksia Road, and Bulleen Road. It may even reduce slightly traffic on Grimshaw Street, Bolton Street, Main Road, and Fitzsimmons Lane bridge. It will encourage more people to use it, who travel from Doreen and Hurstbridge and beyond who would currently use the Western Ring Road to the City by heading west. Increasing the Eastern Freeway between the Option A link and the Eastlink tunnels does nothing but create problems at and beyond Springvale Road. A large amount of traffic which cannot enter the tunnels, because of traffic or tolls, will exit at Springvale Road. They will either head south using Springvale Road, or many will turn left onto Whitehorse Road causing more congestion at Ringwood, on Ringwood Bypass and along Maroondah Highway as far as Warburton Highway. The congestion will also continue to increase along Research - Warrandyte Road and Kangaroo Ground - Warrandyte Road, and the Yarra Bridge at Warrandyte. Reynolds Road, Jumping Creek Road, Croydon Road, Plymouth Road, and Ringwood - Warrandyte Road and Oban Road. The long term cost of these problems far outweighs the cost of doing Option C now. Option C had only been costed utilizing a tunnel from Greensborough Highway to Reynolds Road, and then another tunnel to Eastlink just north of Canterbury Road. However it appears that no costing has been done on utilising bridges and tunnels, which would eliminate gradient problems, ventilation would be simpler and cheaper, as would access. All these aspects would also reduce the cost. By also extending Reynolds Road as a freeway to join Maroondah Highway near Chirnside Park you would reduce the bottleneck problems around Ringwood through to Chirnside Park with the possibility of bypassing Lilydale to the North connecting to Warburton Highway, and to the Yarra Glen Bypass from near Yering. Using Option C reduces the stress on the Rosanna Road / Bulleen Road corridor as Option A, but also improves the situation through Greensborough, Eltham, Lower Plenty, Templestowe, Warrandyte, Ringwood, and Croydon for many years to come. As I said previously Option A is a very short-sighted short term fix to a small part of the whole problem of movement in the whole of the north and east of Melbourne. At the Plenty Valley planning meetings the VicRoads opinion was that most people moving to that region would be children of people who were leaving in the Eastern suburbs. When asked how they were to travel between the two areas no answer was forthcoming. Over thirty years on we still have the only crossings of the Yarra beyond Burke Road being Banksia Street, Fitzsimmons Lane, Warrandyte, and Yarra Glen. My question is have you looked at the long term future and the cost implications (say 25 to 40 years hence), or have you only looked at the short-term (2 to 5 years) cheapest way out? My second question is this a planning decision or a political decision?

    lionelc asked about 2 months ago

    Hi Lionel,

    Thanks for raising these concerns with us. We're pleased you let us know you are worried about how traffic could change in your area so we can help with some information.

    Traffic volumes through Warrandyte are forecast to decrease with North East Link.

    Traffic volumes on Warrandyte Road and Kangaroo Ground-Warrandyte Road are both forecast to decrease by around 3,000 cars and trucks a day. This is a reduction of 20-25%.

    The crossing over the Yarra River is forecast to decrease by around 3,000 cars and trucks a day - a reduction of 25%.

    Traffic volumes are also forecast to decrease on Reynolds Road and Ringwood-Warrandyte Road. Overall traffic in the area is not expected to increase because of North East Link.

    The EastLink tunnels do not post a problem now or in the future. The problems people experience today on the Eastern Freeway come at high volume merge spots such as Springvale Road near the tunnels. The upgrades to the Eastern Freeway at Springvale Road will help ease this bottleneck and assist the operation of the tunnels.

    It is also important to note that Corridor C would not have performed as well as Corridor A to reduce traffic volumes on Rosanna Road and Bulleen Road.

    The tunnels for Corridor C were included to minimise impacts on residential and sensitive environmental areas. 

    None of the corridor options for North East Link would have been cheap. 

    This project corridor provides the most benefit to users and the broader community in a more cost-effective way than the other corridors. All the costings are estimates - the business case will finalise those, but option C would cost billions more and provide nowhere near the travel time savings or congestion busting benefits North East Link needs to deliver.

    During our conversations with communities earlier this year we heard how it important it is to people that we solve the traffic problems we have today and plan for future use. We've undertaken modelling and economic assessments to 2051. This includes looking at where people will be living and working. Melbourne's growth areas are in the city's north and south-east. Growth in the east is constrained by the urban growth boundary.

    Our planning for North East Link assessed the corridor options against the same set of criteria. These were developed before the corridor options.

    Kind regards

    The NELA team.


  • hi, based on your initial designs, could you please advise where the planned local road(s) will be along the east side of greensborough hwy between grimshaw st and elder st? in particular, how they will cross the hurstbridge rail line. you've mentioned these local roads in several posts without any further details. i appreciate you will involve the community in connectivity discussions but surely you must have some design plans already. thanks!

    Beata asked about 2 months ago

    Hi Beata,

    Thanks for the question. At this stage we know that there will be local roads for local trips along both sides of the northern end of North East Link, but we still have more work to do before we will have some early project designs. Conversations with communities will be an important part of helping us to develop these. If you'd like to be involved we encourage you to let us know by completing the short survey on this site.

    Kind regards

    The NELA team

  • I have witnessed the building and the outcomes of every freeway built in Victoria in the last 70 years and find that the one common aspect of EVERY project is the serious lack of foresight. Designers appear to not understand the "build it and they will come" planning, and extremely expensive and hugely disruptive upgrades become common place. With this in mind and existing Eastern freeway upgrades planned, what is the plan for the most obvious weak link..... the Ringwood tunnels. The tunnels are beginning to be a flow restriction already, but with NEL completed and heaps more traffic, delivered quickly and concentrated to the head of the tunnels????? it's just a no brainer. I imagine, unfortunately, that the old school thinking will come to the fore. ie Melbournians don't like it but they accept expensive and disruptive upgrades. I have met Duncan and put this question to him. His response was a very well rehearsed "the design is incomplete but I'm sure the completed project will work well". My experience tells me that the project most likely will work well, for maybe a couple of years max, then it will be back to "the old school thinking". My thinking is.....OUR TAXES AT WORK...... now that's something that keeps me awake at night

    Russell asked about 2 months ago

    Hi Russell,

    Thanks for your comments. During our conversations with communities earlier this year we heard how important it is to people that our project planning solves the traffic problems we have today and considers the future. This is something we have looked very closely at in terms of existing road conditions and where people are forecast to be living, working and travelling.  

    The EastLink tunnels do not pose a problem now, or in the future. The problems people experience today on the Eastern Freeway come at high volume merge spots, including Springvale Road near the EastLink tunnels. We'll be overhauling this interchange to unclog this bottleneck and keep traffic flowing.

    Kind regards

    The NELA team 

  • North of Grimshaw street to the Ring road can I get there without using a toll. The same as going past the ring rd to Diamond Creek. The same south bound can I get of the Ring rd and travel all the way to Lower Plenty rd without having to pay a toll?

    Davemc asked about 2 months ago

    Hi Dave,

    Thanks for the question. Local roads for local trips will run along both sides of North East Link at its northern end. 

    You'll still be able to travel between the M80 Ring Road, Grimshaw Street and Lower Plenty Road without paying a toll.

    Kind regards

    The NELA team

  • Hi NELA, At present, there is 2-3 freeway lanes each way that go from the corner of Elder Street/Greensborough Road directly to the commencement of the M80 that is toll free. This is a popular, highly used section of toll free road. To cater for the addition of the North East Link road, will the number of toll free lanes along this exact same route be reduced? Thanks

    Andrew b asked about 2 months ago

    Hi Andrew,

    Thanks for the question. We're planning North East Link so that once it's built you'll still have the same kind of local access you do now.

    Kind regards

    The NELA team.

  • Hi, I’m a big fan of the idea to run public transport down the middle of the Eastern Fwy - really needs doing ASAP. I do though have a few questions: (1) Could busway routes start in the CBD (as opposed to Collingwood) and also extend beyond Doncaster Park & Ride into Templestowe, Warrandyte, Mitcham or East Doncaster? In essence, fulfilling the roles of the current 905, 906, 907 and 908 SmartBus routes respectively. (2) Could the busway corridor even extended further down the Eastern Fwy towards Blackburn or Springvale Rd? (3) Many people have suggested light rail should be considered for this alignment instead (i.e., like the route 96 tram). Would there be a future prospect for this busway to convert to rail in future, if its deemed feasible and appropriate - for example, if capacity for more rail corridors is increased at the inner-city end after Melbourne Metro is complete?

    AtoB asked about 2 months ago

    Hi AtoB,

    Thanks for your questions. We're excited to be part of delivering Melbourne's first rapid busway and we're glad to hear you're a fan of the idea.

    The busway will link to the Victoria Park precinct however services will continue to the city. How buses move from Victoria Park precinct to the CBD, including the routes they could take, will be determined through detailed planning.

    Buses heading further east than Doncaster Park and Ride will use the Eastern Freeway as they do now.

    Infrastructure Victoria ruled Doncaster Rail out and recommended an upgrade of Doncaster Area Rapid Transport (DART) bus services to support increased demand and improve reliability. There are also issues with steep grades in the area that make rail difficult.

    A good mas rapid bus system can sometimes carry more people than a light rail service. 

    Doncaster services currently carry more people than the Upfield and Alamein lines. This is around 16,000 trips a day. During peak periods, services depart Doncaster Park and Ride approximately every 5 minutes. Doncaster Busway provides potential to increase this capacity further.

    Kind regards

    The NELA team



  • want more information about parkland and houses to be consumed on the north side of the Eastern between doncatser and bulleen road and how high the fly overs will be and if they will be visible or heard from ground level

    George171 asked about 2 months ago

    Hi George,

    Thanks for your questions. As we design the project we'll be working to keep as much of the works on the Eastern Freeway within the existing road reserve. No homes would be required. There will likely be some parkland required, but we'll be working to keep this as minimal as possible.

    We still have more design work to do before we will know details about interchanges like whether and which roads will need to cross each other and how. As a general rule any road at surface level above is visible. As part of our design work for this project we'll be looking at how to minimise potential impacts. This will include keeping interchanges as small as possible, assessing different site lines and looking at different urban design treatments.

    Managing noise will also be an important part of our assessments. We'll be looking at the condition and performance of existing noise walls and improving existing or building new noise walls along the Eastern Freeway.

    We'll be talking to communities as we start early design work early next year. If you would like to get involved we encourage you to complete the short survey on this site to let us know what you're interested in.

    Kind regards

    The NELA team

  • What happens to both the Veneto and Manningham clubs? We have suffered from freeway noise for years here in North Balwyn - sometimes unbearable with a northerly breeze. Now with traffic increased from the new link and all the extra lanes this only brings even more noise closer. how will you protect us against this intrusion? Why did you bother with the 4 lane option debate when it was patently obvious that option 1 was going to chosen. Why don't you post some of the negative views of option 1 instead of the "happy videos" on your website.

    Murphy asked about 2 months ago

    Hi Murphy,

    During our conversations with communities earlier this year many people told us about current noise issues along the Eastern Freeway.

    We’ll be building new, high quality noise walls alongside the Eastern Freeway as part of the overhaul of this road. 

    There's no easy option for North East Link otherwise it would have been completed a long time ago. We shared four options with communities together with what our investigations up until that point had found about each. We also let communities know we had more investigative work to do. 

    NELA considered thousands of comments and submissions from the public. Feedback was clear about getting trucks off local roads and easing congestion in the north-east and dealing with concerns about the Eastern Freeway for Corridor A.

    This route takes the most cars and trucks off local streets than any other option, by far. It also provides a massive boost to public transport through the Doncaster Busway and will provide walking and cycling connections through new and upgraded paths.

    We'll be working closely with community facilities and communities near the project to understand their concerns and discuss solutions during early design work as well as during the planning and approvals process next year.

    Kind regards

    The NELA team




  • Hi, There seems to be mixed expectation as to what kind of interchange there will be for NEL around Lower Plenty Rd. Obviously there’s plenty of design work to be undertaken, though there are a couple of queries I have around this. : (1) Is there likely to be both northbound AND/OR southbound connectivity between Lower Plenty Rd and NEL? (2) Is there a chance that NEL might instead connect with Greensborough Rd, via ramps a little north of Lower Plenty Rd where the tunnel is said to be emerging? Beside the map on this site, it states that where the tunnel emerges, there will be “connections on the north side providing links to local roads” - could this mean both Greeensborough Rd & connectivity to the Latrobe Uni precinct (e.g., via Erskine Rd)?

    AtoB asked about 2 months ago

    Hi AtoB,

    The interchange at Lower Plenty Road is needed to take around 19,000 vehicles a day off local streets.

    At this stage we know that it needs to provide for movements in all directions while being kept as small as possible. We'll be talking to communities about this interchange early next year.

    Kind regards

    The NELA team.

  • Hi, Taking a look at the interactive NEL map on this website, it appears to my eye that Bulleen Rd will no longer access the Eastern Fwy. I know this most likely isn’t the final design and there’s still work to be done, but is this a possibility, especially considering the description on the map that the interchange will be “seamless and kept as small and low as possible”?. Furthermore, is Thompsons Rd likely to maintain connectivity with the Eastern Fwy? I ask this, knowing that any major changes in connectivity here could impact city-bound travel for much of the north-east.

    AtoB asked about 2 months ago

    Hi AtoB,

    Bulleen Road and Thompsons Road will still connect to the Eastern Freeway.

    Kind regards

    The NELA team

  • Hi, I’m curious as to the connectivity of local roads between Watsonia Station & Grimshaw St - I read that “local roads along both sides of NEL will still be available for local, toll free trips”… On the east side of the existing corridor, (i.e., where NEL is proposed to run) I notice the former alignment of Greensborough Rd. Would it be possible for this to be upgraded and connect local traffic with Elder St and Greensborough Rd (south of the train station)? Also, on the west side, I assume the goal would be to ensure Watsonia Rd can connect directly with both the southern section of Greensborough Rd and the east side of NEL?

    AtoB asked about 2 months ago

    Hi AtoB,

    Do you mean the section of Greensborough Road that runs on the east side of the Hurstbridge line between Grimshaw Street and Temby Street?

    This isn't a through road and the moment and our early plans do not cater for turning it into one. 

    However, there will be a local road alongside North East Link will allow people to connect to Elder Street and Watsonia Road. This would be a similar route to the local trips they are able to make today using Greensborough Highway.

    On the west side, Watsonia Road will still connect to Greensborough Road. It will also connect to the local roads alongside North East Link.

    We'll be talking to communities about local connectivity early next year to help shape some of our early design work. If you're interested to be involved, we encourage you to complete the survey on this site to let us know.

    Kind regards

    The NELA team.

  • When will the current end of M80 be increased in size to handle the additional traffic from the NE link, and to improve the current bottle necks coming from Diamond Creek?

    Roma O'Callaghan asked about 2 months ago

    Hi Roma,

    At this stage, subject to planning and approvals, we expect construction for North East Link to start in late 2020. Looking at how to sequence construction is something we’ll be working on during the next stage of our early planning work. 

    We’ll also be looking at what complementary projects to address other local congestion issues can be included as part of North East Link. 

    During our conversations with communities earlier this year, lots of people told us about congestion on Diamond Creek Road, particularly at the roundabout. This is something our team is looking closely at. 

    Kind regards

    The NELA team


  • The Eastern Freeway does not end at Springvale Road. What are the plans for the rest of the Eastern Freeway, for the tunnels and for Eastlink? There will be increased traffic coming along the Eastern so there is going to be a huge bottleneck for traffic trying to get through the tunnels and travel to Frankston and Ringwood and beyond. This section of the road is not even mentioned in the planning - it is very important that it is considered too.

    Jaffa asked about 2 months ago

    Hi Jaffa,

    Thanks for the question. Our planning has carefully considered the EastLink tunnels and they don't pose a problem now or in the future.

    The problems people experience today on the Eastern Freeway come at high volume merge spots, including Springvale Road near the tunnels. The upgrades to the Eastern Freeway will fix these problems and get traffic flowing again.

    It's also important to note that many people who will use North East Link will use it to travel between Melbourne's northern suburbs and destinations like Box Hill and Doncaster - they won't be continuing further east or south-east.

    Kind regards

    The NELA team

  • Can I ask 3 questions 1) Seeing trucks avoid toll roads now. A quick search on Truck rat runs brings up a lot of articles. Are you making sure something is in the contract as incentive for them not to? Cheaper tolls, capped tolls if they use Eastlink as well? Low tolls if used outside peak or even free between 12am-6am. . From Epping they can now go via Citylink to SE suburbs although avoid it as the 10-20 mins extra to use local roads is cheaper then the tolls. Ever since the tolls went up for Trucks on Citylink early this year we see more on Rosanna Rd. It is not just trucks personally I avoid most toll roads as $5 for 5-10 mins is not worth it. 2) the intersection of Lower Plenty and tunnel looks to overlap with St Martin of Tours school are you looking to take some of the land from the school for on and off ramps? 3) Can I get clarity on another question asked regarding getting from Elder St to Watsonia shops.. You said you will be able by car although are you talking directly crossing or going up to Grimshaw St and down or down to Lower Plenty rd and up?

    Davemc asked about 2 months ago

    Hi Dave,

    Thanks for the questions. You can ask as many as you like! We've responded to each below.

    1. These are excellent questions and suggestions and exactly the kind of things our tolling strategy team are looking into. The strategy is considering North East Link as well as the interplay with the rest of the road network. It's a complex process and it will take some time to get the answers and the exact tolling model right. 

    2. Our team are talking with St Martin of Tours school regularly about the project. We're not expecting to require land from the school for construction of North East Link.

    3. Access from Elder Street to the station and shops will be provided. You won't need to travel all the way to Grimshaw Street or Lower Plenty Road. If you're interested in helping us to shape what this access could look like, we encourage you to complete the survey on this site to let us know.  

    Kind regards

    The NELA team.


  • In your response to John, you stated that you had attempted to address the connectivity between, Macleod, Watsonia & Greensborough with "a longer tunnel and green bridges north of Lower Plenty Road to keep communities connected. We look forward to keeping our conversations with communities going as we start early design work next year". What has happened to developing the logical idea of starting the tunnel north of Grimshaw Street, or at least north of Elder Street so we can retain the current connectivity between Greensborough, Watsonia & Macleod and protect the Simpson Barracks Forest, as was promised ? We were told that the Option A as shown only indicated minimum tunnel lengths and that the tunnel length , especially north of Lower Plenty Rd, would be likely extended during the design phase in 2018. At the moment Greensborough Hwy Climbs to Elder Street & drops to Lower Plenty Rd so a tunnel would be well graded & improve connectivity by allowing Greensborough Rd to be narrowed, landscaped & become less of a divide. A tunnel would not require acquisitions while A surface Tollway would totally divide our community COMPLETELY and require acquisitions. How does this satisfy NELA's objective to maintain & improve community connectivity and retain the areas natural amenities?

    Effbee asked about 2 months ago

    Hi Effbee,

    Thanks for the question. It's a good one. We investigated extending the tunnel further north but it would have clashed with the Hurstbridge rail line. A longer tunnel also wouldn't have allowed for an interchange at Grimshaw Street which is needed to get traffic off local roads.

    South of Elder Street there will be a number of green bridges to create new open spaces and allow for local road crossings as well as pedestrian and cycling paths. We'll also be building a new pedestrian bridge to Watsonia Station and shops.

    We'll be talking more with communities as we start early design work for North East Link early next year. If you'd like to get involved in helping to shape local connections in your area, we encourage you to let us know by completing the short survey on this site.

    Kind regards

    The NELA team

  • HOW ARE YOU PLANNING TO UPGRADE THE EASTERN FREEWAY TO THE CITY - IT IS ALREADY OVER-CONGESTED AND THIS WILL CLEARLY INCREASE CITYBOUND TRAFFIC!!!

    Carmel P asked about 2 months ago

    Hi Carmel,

    Thanks for the question. North East Link will fix the missing link between Melbourne's north, east and south-east.

    The majority of people who will use the new road won't be travelling to the city. The city end of the Eastern Freeway is forecast to have minimal traffic increases as a result of the project.

    To cater for where the traffic increases will be, the Eastern Freeway will be massively improved between Bulleen Road and Springvale Road. Typically three lanes will be added in each direction with express lanes for through traffic away from merging vehicles. Some of the worst bottlenecks people are already experiencing will be eased and travel times will be up to 40% faster.

    We're also building Melbourne's first rapid busway. Doncaster Busway will provide true express services from Doncaster park and ride towards the city. This is a massive boost to public transport services in Melbourne's east and will slash travel times on bus routes by up to 30%.

    Kind regards

    The NELA team

  • Hi, Will Kempston St pass underneath the NE link as it does now with the Greensborough HWY? Thanks,

    samInfrastructure asked about 2 months ago

    Hi Sam,

    Thanks for the question. We know local connectivity is important and are working to make sure you'll still be able to make the local trips you make now once North East Link is built. 

    Kempston Street will pass under North East Link.  

    Kind regards

    The NELA team.

  • hi, could you please clarify a statement in your video that greensborough highway will remain for local traffic and the freeway will run along side it? in particular south bound between grimshaw st and elder st? there appears to be limited land for the freeway to expand out between nell st and elder st. any impact on residents on and off greensborough road? thank you

    Beata asked about 2 months ago

    Hi Beata,

    Thanks for the question. North East Link will be built using the existing Greensborough Highway road reserve and local roads will run alongside it.

    Our team has been out last week talking to local residents in the immediate project area about possible impacts. If you live in this area and would like to talk to one of our team, please give us a call on 1800 941 191. The line is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

    Kind regards

    The NELA team.

  • North bound traffic in Devonshire Rd Watsonia currently turns right onto Watsonia Road and then left onto the Greensborough HIghway and then on the Greensborough Bypass to get to Diamond Creek Rd Greensborough. How would this journey be completed after the NE link is completed?

    GrahamG asked about 2 months ago

    Hi Graham,

    Thanks for the question. You'll still be able to make this trip after North East Link is built.

    Roads running along both sides of North East Link will be available for local toll-free trips. You'll be able to get on and off these local roads from Watsonia Road and Greensborough Bypass.

    Kind regards

    The NELA team

  • I have seem images of what the intersection at Grimshaw street looks like and the area where the tunnel is entered in Watsonia but what I would like to see is what the proposal (in image format) is for the intersection at Elder Street Watsonia and also the intersection at Watsonia Road.

    Jeff Sparks asked about 2 months ago

    Hi Jeff,

    Great to hear you've been looking at the material available about North East Link. It's important for us to be clear that we don't have a project design yet. 

    We've been able to produce artist impressions for some sections based on how we think they might need to work. These aren't final designs. 

    We also still have more work to do before we can know how other sections might work and how they could look. 

    Conversations with communities will help us to develop and refine designs.

    We'll be starting this process early next year.

    At this stage we know that access from Elder Street to Watsonia Station will be provided, and a pedestrian bridge will link to the shops. If this is a section of the project you're interested in talking to us about as we start early design work next year, we encourage you to complete the survey on this site.

    Kind regards

    The NELA team

  • Can you please tell me what soundproofing is to be setup along the Greensborough Highway and the new road to restrict the noise levels for people living near the new freeway ging past the Elder Street area.

    Jeff Sparks asked about 2 months ago

    Hi Jeff,

    It's too early to say exactly what soundproofing measures will be put in place but managing noise will be an important part of our assessments to inform planning approvals. We'll be doing detailed work to understand predicted noise levels and what noise attenuation measures need to be put in place.

    Kind regards

    The NELA team

  • Please confirm the expected start date and completion date of the project.

    Angele Cadge asked about 2 months ago

    Hi Angele,

    Thanks for the question. Now that we know where North East Link will be built, we're a step closer but we still have a lot of work to do before construction can start. 

    We'll start early design work early next year, then refine the design further so we can start the planning and approvals process in early-mid 2018. We'll keep talking to communities throughout this process.

    Subject to business case approval construction is expected to start in 2020 with North East Link open by 2027.

    Kind regards

    The North East Link team

  • Given there will be even more traffic using the M80 when the north east link is built, has there been any thought regarding noise suppression for affected residences?

    Marley asked about 2 months ago

    Hi Marley,

    Thanks for the question. During conversations with communities living near this section of the project we heard that noise is already an issue for you and that existing noise walls aren't working well enough. 

    We'll be improving some of the existing noise walls, replacing others and building new ones for the M80 section of the project. 

    We'll be talking with communities about this part of the project next year. If you'd like to be involved we encourage you to complete the survey on this website so we can let you know about upcoming opportunities.

    Kind regards

    The NELA team.

  • Hi, There is no interchange designed for the new road & Yallambie Rd. Is the connection between Yallambie Rd and Greensborough Rd going to remain and if so, will local residents be able to travel North or South, as they presently can, onto Greensborough Rd? Regards Joseph Milner

    Joseph Milner asked about 2 months ago

    Hi Joseph,

    Thanks for the question. North East Link will be lowered in a very deep trench at this point. Yallambie Road will pass on top and connect to Greensborough Road. You'll still be able to turn right to head north or left to head south.

    Kind regards

    The NELA team

  • will traffic coming from Diamond Creek still be able to come through the Civic Drive roundabout & access either the M80 or new North East link? And if so, when would tolls kick in? The greensborough bypass is the only effective way to access Macleod & Rosanna so I’m keen to understand what would happen to these short trip journeys. Thanks

    Ann asked about 2 months ago

    Hi Ann,

    Thanks for the question. 

    Traffic coming from Diamond Creek will be able to use the Greensborough Bypass to access both the M80 Ring Road and North East Link. You'll still be able to use Civic Road to get on to the Greensborough Bypass.

    If you're travelling between the Greensborough Bypass and the M80 Ring Road, you won't need to pay a toll. Neither of these roads will be tolled.

    If you're travelling from the Greensborough Bypass and want to head south to Macleod or Rosanna, there will be roads on either side of North East Link for toll-free local trips.

    If you want to use North East Link, there will be a toll.

    Kind regards

    The NELA team


  • When will this project start? I understand the need to protect the environment, but tunnelling is very expensive, and it also could become restrictive in size for the future. I would have thought that doing an elevated construction on piers would be be a lot cheaper.

    IanSpark asked about 2 months ago

    Hi Ian,

    Very early in our planning for North East Link we established a number of objectives and principles to guide our work. 

    Two of our principles are to minimise impacts on communities and minimise impacts on the environment. During months of conversations with communities, we heard these principles are very important to people across Melbourne regardless of where they live. Tunnelling is one of the ways we'll be protecting homes, communities and the environment.

    Our modelling and analysis goes to 2051 and indicates that North East Link, including the tunnels, will still be proving value to the community at that time. 

    Kind regards

    The NELA team

  • How will the project affect Graham Rd VIEWBANK. Thank you. Sarina

    Sarina asked about 2 months ago

    Hi Sarina,

    At this stage of the project we know we need to design a tunnel that will connect the interchange at Lower Plenty Road with the interchange at Manningham Road.

    We still have more geotechnical and engineering work to do before we can know exactly where the tunnel will be built. However we do know we'll be using a tunnel boring machine, which means there will be no surface works above the tunnel.

    The tunnel will be designed so that once its built people living and working above it won't even know it's there.

    Kind regards

    The NELA team.

  • I have just read the material regarding the interchanges at Lower Plenty Rd and Manningham Rd and you refer to interchanges on the north and south sides respectively at these locations. Will all movements be catered for at both these locations? John

    John winemaker asked about 2 months ago

    Hi John,

    We'll be designing these interchanges to cater for movements in all directions.

    Kind regards

    The NELA team

  • How will traffic flow be controlled when travel is intended to head north after exiting the Ring road heading North to Diamond Creek?

    Mick G asked about 2 months ago

    Hi Mick,

    We'll be removing the traffic lights and building a new interchange to connect the M80, Greensborough Highway and North East Link. 

    There will also be some upgrades to the M80 and Greensborough Bypass to make the interchange work effectively. 

    Now that we know where North East Link will be built, we can get design underway. 

    We'll be asking communities to get involved in shaping some early ideas at the start of next year. 

    If you're interested in talking to us about the M80 interchange, we encourage you to let us know by completing the survey on this site. Don't forget to provide your email address so we can let you know about upcoming opportunities.

    Kind regards

    The NELA team

  • Can you please tell me the test drilling sites that were performed along each of the different options?

    Jeff Sparks asked about 2 months ago
  • My understanding is that Trucks carrying inflammables and some chemicals are not permitted in tunnels. Is this still to be the case with this new tunnel arrangement in option a

    Jeff Sparks asked about 2 months ago

    Hi Jeff,

    Just like CityLink and EastLink, placarded loads won't be able to use the tunnels, however they will be able to use the section from the M80 to Lower Plenty Road.

    Placarded loads make up less than 1 percent of total traffic. We're building a road that will take 75% of trucks off local roads.

    The tunnels will be designed and constructed to the highest engineering standards. This means some placarded loads will be able to use the tunnels in the future should restrictions change.

    Kind regards

    The NELA team

  • Is the Greensborough Highway at the end of Elder Street to be widened and if so how many houses and which ones are to be removed for the freeway

    Jeff Sparks asked about 2 months ago

    Hi Jeff,

    We still have more design work to complete before we can know which homes will be required. 

    However, we've been out last night and this morning to talk to people who may be affected. We'll be staying in touch with them directly as the project progresses.

    It's likely if you haven't heard from us your property will not be required for construction of North East Link. However if you have concerns, please give us a call on 1800 941 191.

    Kind regards

    The NELA team. 

  • I am interested in what is happening at Elder Street Watsonia. At present we can get from the Papua street side of the Greensborough Highway to the Watsonia Station car park. How is this to be achieved in the future. Also we could easily drive to the Watsonia RSL and shops from Papua street How will this be achieved with the new setup Jeff

    Jeff Sparks asked about 2 months ago

    Hi Jeff,

    Thanks for the question. We've already received a lot of feedback from residents in Watsonia about how important local connections are for you.

    Car access from Elder Street to Watsonia Station and the shops will be provided and we'll be improving parking at the station. 

    You'll still be able to get from Papua Street onto Elder Street by car.

    We'll also be building a new pedestrian bridge to make getting to the station, shops and other places like the RSL easier and safer for locals.

    We still have a lot more work to do to design North East Link and want to get communities involved in some of our early work as soon as possible. 

    If you'd like to be involved in helping to shape this section of North East Link, we encourage you to complete the survey on this site so we can let you know about opportunities early next year.

    Kind regards

    The NELA team


  • Are you complete morons? That’s the dumbest route.

    Shelbywill asked about 2 months ago

    Hi Shelby,

    All options had opportunities and challenges. We've weighed these up carefully to recommend the option that will deliver the best outcomes for local communities, Melbourne and Victoria.

    If we can help with information about how North East Link will do this, let us know. We're happy to answer any questions you might have.

    Kind regards

    The NELA team.

  • I live on Greensborough Road, when do I find out if you are buying my home under forced acquisition?

    Scott asked about 2 months ago

    Hi Scott,

    While we can't know definitively which homes will need to be acquired until we've completed more design work, we understand people are concerned now and this can be upsetting.

    We've been out last night and this morning talking to those who are potentially affected.

    If you have concerns about your property, please give our team a call on 1800 941 191.

    Kind regards

    The NELA team


  • how is traffic from heading from Springvale rd to bullen get on to the new road in bulleen? this isn't clear from the latest diagram. Will there be an overhead section In koonung reserve to achieve this. If so which side of the reserve and where will it start. How will the south side of te reserve be effected? where does the proposed tunnel end (the end where the tennis club is now)

    jn asked about 2 months ago

    Hi jn,

    The interchange at Bulleen Road will be kept as small and low as possible. The image is an artist impression of what the interchange could potentially look like based on the connections we think it needs to make. But we still have a lot more work to do before we can know exactly how it could be designed. 

    We know open space is important to people and will keep the interchange as 'squeezed up' as possible. At this stage we expect it could require around 5 metres of the Koonung Creek Linear Park outside the existing freeway reserve but we'll now more once we have a project design later next year.

    We'll also know more about where the tunnel entrance will be located after we complete more technical work.

    We'll be talking to communities about some early design ideas at the start of next year. If you'd like to be involved, we encourage you to complete the survey on this site and provide your email address so we can let you know about opportunities to participate.

    Kind regards

    The NELA team.

  • Will the Boroondara Tennis Centre be affected if so, to what extent?

    phil lyons asked about 2 months ago

    Hi Phil,

    While some clubs, such as the Boroondara Tennis Club will be potentially impacted, we will work closely with them to help find suitable replacements/relocation and work out what compensation would look like.

    Kind regards

    The NELA team


  • Not a question but a statement .... So short-sighted and disappointed with this SHORT-term solution. I said from Day 1 Option A would be chosen (see online comments), not because it is the best, but it was a political decision that had ALREADY been made and it is no coincidence there is an election next year. Community consultations were just going through the motions so our politicians can say we did them but behind the scenes the decision had already been made. I envisage more trouble now on the Eastern, particularly around the Ringwood tunnels and the Bulleen area, around the school playing fields have been known to flood but oh well that is for someone else to worry about. I would have used the other options, including paying tolls, but will not use Option A.

    John asked about 2 months ago

    Hi John,

    While it's difficult to meet every communities wants we've tried to talk to as many people as possible. 

    This route is the best choice for North East Link because it will take the most cars and trucks off congested local roads - by far. It will slash travel times by up to 30 minutes between Melbourne's north, east and south-east and provide the most transport benefits in the most cost effective way.

    We'll be overhauling the Eastern Freeway to slash travel times by up to 40%. Speeds at some some the most congested points on the Eastern will increase from around 30km an hour up to 70km an hour.

    The EastLink tunnels don't pose a problem now or in the future. The problems people experience come at high volume merge spots such as Sprinvgale Road near the tunnels. We'll be clearing these bottlenecks so traffic flows faster and trips are more reliable.

    We've involved communities in North East Link earlier than for any other project of its kind and got some great feedback. You can see some of the results in the project already including a longer tunnel and green bridges north of Lower Plenty Road to keep communities connected. We look forward to keeping our conversations with communities going as we start early design work next year.

    Kind regards

    The NELA team

  • Austral court heidelberg. Is the tunnel going under this street and will their be any above ground works, how deep will it be, will there be disruption to our daily life and local walkways, esp rivergum walk and creekbend reserve.

    Red asked about 2 months ago

    Hi Red,

    Thanks for the question. At this stage we know that the tunnel needs to travel between interchanges at Lower Plenty Road and Manningham Road, but we have more geotechnical and engineering work to complete before we can know exactly where it will be built.

    We'll be using a tunnel boring machine which means there won't be any above ground works.

    The tunnels will be built deep underground and are designed so people living and working above them are not affected.

    We'll be staying in touch with communities every step of the way during this project. If you have any more questions, please get in touch.

    Kind regards

    The NELA Team.

  • As a resident of Ivanhoe East I am disappointed by the decision. Even today, without this link, Eastern Fwy is not usable during peak hour. More and more people using smaller roads to get to places. Pumping more traffic into Eastern Fwy will result with more congestion when it gets to Punt Rd and the Alexandra Parade. Whats going to be done about that ?

    HelenA asked about 2 months ago

    Hi Helen,

    We've looked closely at how North East Link will work with the rest of the road network, and how it can help ease some of Melbourne's worst congestion issues.

    We'll be increasing the capacity of the Eastern Freeway by adding new lanes and up-to-date lane management systems. Travel times on the Eastern Freeway will be up to 40% faster. Speeds in some of the most congestion sections will increase from less than their current pace of 30km an hour to around 70km an hour.

    Our modelling has shown the majority of people who will use North East Link will travel from the north, turn left and head east and south-east and return.

    The city end of the Eastern Freeway is forecast to have minimal traffic increases as a result of the project. This will not be new traffic. It will be traffic redistributing from other roads such as Heidelberg Road to take advantage of the improved travel times from North East Link and an overhauled Eastern Freeway.

    Kind regards

    The NELA team 


  • Even though the tunnel will go pretty much under my house I am all for the project and the sooner the better. My question is: when is work (actual digging, tunneling etc) really going to start?

    ric asked about 2 months ago

    Hi Ric,

    Thanks for the question. North East Link is now a step closer, but we've still got a lot of work to do. 

    We'll now get design work underway and start work on the planning and approvals early-mid next year. At this stage, we expect construction to start in 2020.

    Kind regards

    The NELA team

  • Just wanted to say congrats, I live in greensborough 5 minutes from end of ring road. The benefits will be far reaching, even diverting citybound traffic on Eastern that dont even intend to go into the city. Airport bound/return people from South, South east will revel in it. The Quagmire on every run south from this area will be relieved. The pressure from Whittlesea council and their unrepentatnt growth is a pressure cooker. So, keep going as fast as you can. Priority should be the foundational infratsructure to get tunnel built. That will be the timeline bottleneck IMO. End of Ring to Viewbank is a no brainer given the space and existing existing ownership. all the best lester dale Greensborough

    lesterb asked about 2 months ago

    Hi Lester,

    Thanks for the feedback! We're excited to be delivering this great project and look forward to hearing more from you as we start work on design early next year. 

    The NELA team.