North East Link is Victoria’s biggest ever road infrastructure project – finally fixing the missing link in Melbourne’s freeway network between an upgraded Eastern Freeway and the M80 Ring Road.

The project has been through more than three years of intensive and robust planning and construction has started.

This year CPB Contractors are moving around 100 above and below ground services including water, power, gas and telecommunication services to make way for major works to start in 2021.

Teams of some of the best and biggest builders from around the world are preparing competing detailed designs for the whole project.

The preferred design will be selected and released in late 2020/early 2021.

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How community input is helping to shape North East Link

With more than 15,750 pieces of community feedback received so far, we’re well on our way to delivering the state's largest ever community consultation program.

2017
  • We asked people how they travel in and through the north-east, what they value about their neighbourhoods and their views on improving transport infrastructure. You can read a report here.
  • We shared four potential road corridors and how each performed against outcomes and impacts. You can read a report here.
2018
  • We held workshops to help shape early planning for urban design, walking and cycling, and the environment. You can read a report here.
  • We released two updates on the project design and what we were doing to prepare an Environment Effects Statement (EES). An EES is Victoria’s most robust and transparent impact assessment process. For major projects like North East Link, an EES helps inform decisions about planning approvals including what conditions should apply. You can read a report here.
2019
  • The EES was on display for public comment for 40 business days – 10 days longer than the minimum required to give people time to read the technical reports and make submissions. More than 870 submissions were received and reviewed by an independent Inquiry and Advisory Committee. The committee also chaired a public hearing and prepared a report of recommendations to the Minister for Planning.
  • A draft Public Environment Report (PER) to inform Commonwealth approval was also on display for public comment. More than 80 submissions were received and addressed in the final PER.
2020

  • There will be more opportunities for the community and businesses to have their say on the North East Link Project, including by commenting on urban design and landscape plans and getting involved in one of Victoria’s largest ever tree planting programs for a major infrastructure project.