Generational infrastructure projects are reshaping the landscape in Manningham, with a focus on improving connectivity and bolstering economic growth.
The North East Link tunnels are expected to be 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.
Construction has begun on the ambitious, $50 billion Suburban Rail Loop. This transformative train network will play a pivotal role in connecting communities, fostering economic growth and significantly improving accessibility within the region. The first section, connecting Cheltenham to Box Hill, will be operational by 2035. Suburban Rail Loop North will link Box Hill to Melbourne Airport, and will include a new underground station at Doncaster, easing traffic congestion and delivering better access to tertiary education, employment and business opportunities by their completion in 2053.
Westfield Doncaster continues to transform into a world-class retail destination, with plans to grow the centre by up to one-third, adding an additional 43,000 sq m of retail floor space and 18,000 sq m of commercial office space, as well as an enhanced and expanded bus interchange and 2,800 more parking spaces.