Generational infrastructure projects are reshaping the landscape in the North East, with a focus on improving connectivity and bolstering economic growth.
The duplication of the Hurstbridge train line is now complete, adding 40 extra services a week, eliminating dangerous level crossings and adding new stations at Greensborough, Diamond Creek and Montmorency. A new walking and cycling path will be built between Greensborough and Montmorency Stations by the end of the year, connecting to the Plenty River Trail with a new pedestrian crossing.
Work to improve parking at Greensborough Station will add 100 new spaces and a bus interchange by late 2024.
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.
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. Suburban Rail Loop (SRL) North, linking Box Hill to Melbourne Airport, will include a new underground station at Heidelberg, easing traffic congestion and delivering better access to tertiary education, employment and business opportunities by 2053.
Sporting facilities across the North East are also in line for major upgrades. The $68 million upgrade of the Ford Park precinct is complete, providing new facilities for local sports clubs and the community. The second stage of the Ivanhoe Aquatic Centre has been designed, featuring a warm water swimming pool and outdoor play space. And sporting clubs at grounds including Diamond Creek Netball Courts, Bridge Street Oval in Eltham and Hurstbridge High Oval can now extend playing hours thanks to a major lighting upgrade at sports grounds across Nillumbik Shire.