North East Link

Finally fixing the missing link in Melbourne’s freeway network will slash travel times between Melbourne’s north and south-east by up to 30 minutes, take 15,000 trucks off local streets a day and deliver kilometres of new walking and cycling paths.

North East Link will deliver:

  • Victoria’s longest road tunnels: three-lane twin tunnels travelling for 5 kilometres beneath Bulleen Road, residential and environmental areas
  • Interchanges at Bulleen Road, Manningham Road, Lower Plenty Road, Grimshaw Street and the M80 Ring Road
  • Up to 30 minute faster trips between Melbourne’s north and south-east, with local, toll-free connections retained for local trips

North East Link project updates

Download transcript: nel-update-april-2018-with-visions.docx North East Link project updates

Design work so far

Throughout 2018 we’ll be designing North East Link and working on the specialist studies required for planning approvals. In April we released an update on the project design work so far. We held eight community sessions between Saturday 21 April - Tuesday 01 May, 2018. Online feedback was open until 5 June, 2018.

There will be a second design update later this year, including how community feedback has informed changes.

Early design concepts and artist impressions

Learn more about how North East Link would function by viewing early design concepts and artist impressions.

Early schematics and artist impressions pdf

The designs and artist impressions shown are not final. They are concepts only and are subject to change based on further technical investigations, planning studies, feedback from communities and stakeholders and the procurement process.

Project highlights map

Use our online map to explore

  • Early design ideas for how the new North East Link interchanges would work
  • Key upgrades to modernise the Eastern Freeway
  • The latest thinking on how to best connect Doncaster Busway to the existing bus network
  • Some of the key walking and cycling links that would be delivered as part of North East Link

Online map image

The design shown in this map is not final. It is a concept only and subject to change based on further technical investigations, planning studies, feedback from communities and stakeholders and the procurement process.