Generational transport projects are reshaping the landscape of the inner east, with a focus on improving connectivity and bolstering economic growth.

Work continues on the $12 billion Metro Tunnel project, with construction and excavation now well underway. The track has been laid – a critical step towards train testing deep beneath Melbourne’s CBD in the second half of the year. Once completed in 2025, the tunnel will ease congestion and dramatically enhance accessibility to the CBD.

The North East Link tunnels are expected to open in 2028, diverting 15,000 trucks from local roads and slashing travel times by up to 35 minutes. The project includes a comprehensive modernisation of the Eastern Freeway and a busway boasting one-minute peak services. Locals will also benefit from extensive new walking and cycling trails, a two-hectare Yarra Link green bridge over Bulleen Road and three new wetlands along the Yarra River and Koonung Creek in Bulleen and Balwyn North.

Following a three-month construction blitz, the new Union Station in Surrey Hills has been unveiled, and two dangerous level crossings at Mont Albert and Union Roads have been removed. The project includes more open space and a new playground in Lorne Parade Reserve.