What is the North East Link?
The North East Link (NEL) is a $15.8 billion State Government project being led by the North East Link Authority (NELA). Construction is expected to commence in 2021, with the new road and tunnel expected to be open by 2027.
In May 2018, a Business Case on the project was released, confirming that the selected ‘Option A’ route (through Bulleen) is the most feasible option. An Environment Effects Statement (EES) process is currently underway, with the EES expected to be finalised in mid-2019.
To view the Business Case, or for the latest update on the project, please visit NELA’s website.
Council does not currently support the State Government’s preferred option (‘Option A’ through Bulleen). As a Council, we want to see impact to private land and community facilities limited, with those affected fairly compensated. We also want confirmation that the Eastern Freeway will not be a toll road and that a reservation is preserved for future public transport options including Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) and Doncaster Rail.
Council Advocacy – Issues and opportunities report (June 2018)
On 26 June 2018, Council endorsed to provide NELA with its ‘North East Link – Preliminary Issues and Opportunities’ report. The Council report was submitted to NELA to consider as part of the projects planning and design phase.
The report provides 19 recommendations which focus on achieving a net benefit to our community. The identified opportunities relate to transport improvements including:
- road infrastructure,
- public transport (including BRT),
- walking and
It also identifies opportunities to support:
- open space,
- public art and community facilities, and
- considers amenity issues such as noise, water, air and
- environmental impacts.
Key to this, is to enhance key areas along the NEL alignment including:
- the Koonung Creek Linear Park / Eastern Freeway corridor,
- Yarra River,
- Bulleen Park,
- Bulleen Road corridor and the
- Bulleen industrial precinct at Manningham Road.
Download the North East Link Issues and Opportunities (5.75 MB).
Household survey – Preferred corridor option (October 2017)
The results from our household survey in October 2017, indicated that residents are most concerned about toll roads, protecting parklands and local amenity as well as impact from traffic and noise pollution. Council will continually advocate on behalf of our community on these (and other) issues they’ve highlighted to us.
Results from the household survey
Around 20% of Manningham's 52,000 households responded to our NEL survey. Although the survey results showed that opinion was divided on the preferred route, most households supported route ‘Option A’ through Bulleen:
- Option A (Bulleen) – 35%
- Option B (Warrandyte/Templestowe) – 27%
- Option C (Warrandyte / Eltham) – 27%
- Option D (Lilydale) – 7%
- No response – 4%
Interestingly there is no apparent correlation on the preferred route and where respondents live within the municipality.
Initial submission to NELA – Corridor options (Sept 2017)
A community forum was held by Council in September 2017 to inform its initial North East Link Manningham Council Submission (69.44 KB) . Based on this submission, Council passed a resolution on the North East Link at its Council meeting on 26 September.
NELA will continue to host community drop-in sessions in 2018 and 2019 to answer questions about the corridor and next steps. We suggest you sign up to NELA’s newsletter to be kept informed on these sessions.