Work continues at pace on key transport initiatives that will transform accessibility across the region. Construction on the North East Link tunnels has begun, with the project expected to be finished by 2027. The scope of the work includes a major overhaul to modernise the Eastern Freeway, a dedicated busway with a bus every minute during peak times, and 34km of new walking and cycling tracks.
Early works are underway on the Victorian
Government’s $50 billion Suburban Rail
Loop, which will further reduce congestion
across the North East with the addition
of an underground station at Heidelberg. This massive project will deliver critical
connections to surrounding suburbs, the CBD
and Melbourne Airport via an orbital link –
with the first 26km, linking Cheltenham to
Box Hill, expected to be in operation by 2035.
The major upgrade and duplication of the Hurstbridge train line is progressing well, with new stations destined for Greensborough and Montmorency. When completed in mid-2023, trains will run every seven minutes from Greensborough, and every 10 minutes from Montmorency and Eltham in the morning peak.