Work continues at pace on key transport projects that will transform accessibility across the region. Construction on the North East Link tunnels has begun, with work expected to be finished by 2027. The project will take 15,000 trucks off local roads and slash travel times by up to 35 minutes. The scope of the project 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 also underway on the Victorian Government’s $50 billion Suburban Rail Loop, which will significantly reduce congestion and add new underground train stations at Burwood and Box Hill. 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.
Two dangerous level crossings in Mont Albert and Union Roads will also be removed by 2023 and 2024 respectively, reducing congestion in the busy precinct.