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

We're currently moving 2.5 kilometres of gas main pipe that runs under the eastern side of Greensborough Road.

To minimise traffic impacts on this busy arterial road, these works are currently taking place overnight. While every effort continues to be made to manage impacts, there will be periods of high-level noise experienced in the area.

Stage one

Stage one commenced in mid-July along Greensborough Road between Lower Plenty Road and Erskine Road, and is expected to be completed in October.

It also includes bore drilling to connect the new gas main at Greensborough Road into the existing network on the southern side of Lower Plenty Road at River Gum Walk.

This will begin in October and works will take approximately one month.

Stage two

Stage two will begin along Greensborough Road between Erskine Road to Watsonia Road from late October to late March 2021.

Due to lower traffic volumes our working windows have changed, so we can get these night works completed earlier faster and lessen impacts to residents and drivers throughout Stage 1. Works will now take place from 6.30pm to 6am on weeknights and weekend nights from 6.30pm to 8am.

Greensborough Road will be reduced to a single lane in both directions at night under the guidance of traffic management, with all lanes open to traffic during the day.

These gas main works will directly impact heavy vehicle passage along Greensborough Road. If you are a freight operator intending to transport an over dimensional load using Greensborough Highway between 6.30pm and 6am, please provide advance notice by sending an email to

Read more about what the works involve via our dedicated fact sheet.

Two transmission towers will move 80 metres from the Watsonia Station car park to the power line easement located on the eastern side of Greensborough Road within Frensham Reserve.

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

North East Link Project and CPB Contractors are working closely with utility service provider, AusNet Services, to maintain 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 late-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 to prepare for the substation, including building a new connection under Greensborough Road, will take place in late 2020.

The 513 Eltham – Glenroy via Greensborough bus route will change as we continue to relocate gas, water and power utilities on Greensborough Road.

From Monday 9 November 2020, the 513 bus route will use Erskine Road, Carwarp Street and Thomson Drive to connect Greensborough Road with the southern end of Finlayson Street.

The new route will include six new bus stops, three in each direction, and provide better connections to Macleod train station and shops.

Nine bus stops on Greensborough Road (south of Erskine Road) and Finlayson Street (between Greensborough Road and Thomson Drive) will no longer be serviced when the new route comes into effect.

The 513 bus route change will be reviewed after 12 months and we will keep the community updated.

Borlase Reserve

Stage One of works to establish a site compound at Borlase Reserve, Yallambie, located near the intersection of Greensborough Road and Drysdale Street are complete.

The first stage of works concluded in July 2020 and included the installation of site offices and amenities, site fencing and hoarding, staff car parking and connection of water, sewer and power services.

The site compound is there to support builders with the massive task of moving nearly 100 overhead and underground utility services to make way for major construction of North East Link.

The second stage of these works at Borlase Reserve are now progressing with the construction of temporary haul roads, lay down areas, further sheds, walkways and infrastructure for the site compound throughout September.   To support with utility relocations taking place in and around Borlase Reserve temporary opening of Borlase Street and bus stop relocation.

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 2021.

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
  • Temporary opening of Borlase Street to support local residents throughout works
  • Temporary relocation of the Borlase Street bus stop (Stop ID 10982) to 341 Lower Plenty Road, Viewbank

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 began in May 2020 and are scheduled to finish mid-2021.

The water pressure reducing station (PRS) on the corner of Drysdale and Borlase streets in Yallambie will be moved to Coleen Street Reserve as part of early works on the North East Link.

Before it is re-built, we’re asking the community which design they prefer for the PRS.

We’ve worked closely with Banyule City Council, Melbourne Water and Yarra Valley Water to develop five designs to reflect the character of the local area. You can view the designs and choose your preferred option via the Engage Victoria website.

Choose your preferred design by Sunday 25 October 2020. We will announce the final design on our website once consultation closes.

After a design has been selected, work will begin to build the new PRS in early November and is expected to be completed by early 2021.

Visit Engage Victoria to find out more.

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.