Northern early works

Traffic on Greensborough Road

The northern section of the early works program stretches from the intersection of Lower Plenty Road and Greensborough Road up to the Greensborough Bypass and M80 Ring Road.

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Greensborough Road works

Two transmission towers will move 80 metres from the Watsonia Station carpark to the power line easement located on the eastern side of Greensborough Road.

Moving the towers will make way for North East Link and an upgraded Watsonia Station carpark.

North East Link Project and CPB Contractors have been working closely with utility service provider, AusNet Services, to avoid interrupting the electricity supply while this phase of works takes place.

Relocation works are expected to take up to six months and are scheduled to begin in mid-2020.

A mobile telecommunications tower in the Watsonia Station carpark will be relocated.

The tower will move a short distance from its current location and remain in the Watsonia Station carpark near the railway trench.

Cable laying works will take place on Nell Street West, Ibbottson Street, Watsonia Road and through the Watsonia Station carpark.

The tower is part of the mobile phone network which services the local area.

Works are expected to begin in late-2020 and will take approximately six months to complete.

A new power substation near Blamey Road, Yallambie will be built to power the North East Link Project during construction.

The power substation will be located south of Blamey Road and east of Greensborough Road and will contain electrical infrastructure necessary to supply power to tunnel boring machines during construction and the operations of two twin tunnels when North East Link is completed.

The external perimeter design of the substation will have secure security fencing.

All electrical equipment within the new substation will comply with state and national electricity standards.

Works will begin in mid-2020 in collaboration the asset owner Jemena.

A number of utility services will be relocated along Greensborough Road to make way for North East Link, including:

  • Power and telecommunications lines between Lower Plenty Road and Yallambie Road
  • Gas line between Lower Plenty Road and Watsonia Road
  • Power lines between Santon Street and Nepean Street

Between Lower Plenty Road and Yallambie Road, existing underground power, gas and telecommunications lines will be shifted to the west side of Greensborough Road in preparation for North East Link.

Early works managing contractor CPB Contractors are working with asset owners Jemena, APA Group and Telstra to deliver these works overnight in mid-2020 to minimise traffic disruptions.

Similarly, works between Santon Street and Nepean Street will relocate power lines away from North East Link. These works will be carried out during the day and begin in late-2020.

Borlase Reserve

Several utilities will be shifted away from the path of North East Link to protect essential services to the local community during construction and beyond.

Relocation works in and around Borlase Reserve are a major component of the early works package and underpin the delivery of construction works from 2022.

The majority of relocation works in Borlase Reserve will progress from north to south in phases, with the exception of the sewer relocation works which will progress south to north. The relocation works include the following activities:

  • Relocating power and communication assets
  • Relocating water, gas and sewer assets
  • Temporary diversion of Banyule Creek

A key consideration for these relocation works is the proximity to residential properties and disruption to residents.

CPB Contractors will work with asset owners Jemena, Melbourne Water, Yarra Valley Water, APA Group and Optus to deliver these works and manage construction impacts as much as possible.

Early works in Borlase Reserve are scheduled to begin in Q2 of 2020.

A water Pressure Reducing Station (PRS) will be moved to ensure the continued safe supply of water throughout the North East Link Project and beyond.

The new PRS will replace the existing one at the corner of Borlase and Drysdale Streets and will be located on Coleen Street, adjacent to the Melbourne Water easement.

Pressure Reducing Stations are common around Melbourne and are essential to ensure the safe transport of water through the pipe network at the correct pressures.

The new PRS will include upgraded safety features, such as safer access and improved site layout.

When in operation, the PRS will comply with Environment Protection Authority Victoria required night-time noise limits of 39dBA which is the same noise level of a quiet room.

Works to build the new PRS, including installing new pipelines along the existing pipe track, are scheduled to begin in mid-2020.

For more information about the new PRS read the fact sheet.

M80 Ring Road

Several underground utilities will be realigned along the M80 Ring Road as part of the early works program. These works will be delivered by early works managing contractor CPB and Jemena.

Underground utilities will be relocated where they cross the roadway, including power lines north of Sellars Street.

Works are expected to commence in Q4 2020 and be completed by Q1 2021.

A mobile telecommunications tower located along the M80 Ring Road will be relocated a short distance from its current location as part of the early works program.

Relocating the tower will make way to build North East Link and avoid interruption to mobile services.

Works are expected to begin in late-2020 and will take around six months to complete.