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Victoria’s longest road tunnels will fix the missing link in our city’s freeway network, take 15,000 trucks off local roads a day and slash travel times by up to 35 minutes.
We’ll also complete the Ring Road in Greensborough, overhaul the Eastern Freeway, build Melbourne’s first dedicated busway and the North East Trail – more than 34km of walking and cycling paths.
We’ve released a project design that delivers the project people have asked for – with longer tunnels to Watsonia, new green bridges, new parklands and wetlands.
Construction on North East Link is already well underway, with our massive early works program realigning the Yarra East main sewer using three mini-TBMs, and work well progressed to relocate more than 34km of gas water, sewer pipes, drains, and over 96 other utilities to make way for North East Link. We’ve also upgraded local sport facilities and started construction on the new Bulleen Park and Ride.
Spark has been awarded the contract to deliver the North East Link Tunnels. The Spark consortium comprises WeBuild, GS Engineering and Construction, CPB Contractors, China Construction Oceania, Ventia, Capella Capital, John Laing Investments, DIF and Pacific Partnerships.
With the tunnelling package now awarded, smaller preparatory works and investigations for the North East Link Tunnels will start towards the end of this year with sites mobilised in the first half of next year.
The other elements of North East Link will start being taken out to market from 2022, with the timing for detailed design and construction carefully staged so the whole project can open around the same time in 2027-2028, bringing all the pieces of North East Link together.
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We're relocating a mobile tower in Watsonia to make way for North East Link.
We're relocating a mobile tower in Greensborough to provide space for North East Link.
We’re planting more than 30,000 trees in local areas in one of the largest tree planting programs for a major transport project in Victoria.
We’re moving two water mains under the Eastern Freeway between Estelle Street, Bulleen and Koonung Creek Reserve, Balwyn North.
We're building a new park and ride in Bulleen. The project was assessed through an Urban Design and Landscape Plan.
We’re relocating a water pressure reducing station (PRS) on the corner of Borlase Street and Drysdale Street into the reserve at Coleen Street, Yallambie, as part of early works on the North East Link.
This year, we’ll be moving a vital piece of Melbourne’s sewer network, the Yarra East Main Sewer to prepare for major construction of North East Link in 2021.
Find out more about the draft Planning Scheme Amendment C132, including supporting documents and details about how to make a submission.
Federal approval for the North East Link Project was assessed by the Australian Government under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.
Once we had a preferred corridor, the project was assessed through an Environment Effects Statement (EES) process.
With no existing road reserve set aside to build North East Link, our first step was to decide how – and where – to best link our city’s north-east and south-east.
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.
While we’re getting urban design and landscape plans ready for exhibition in 2022, the community can help us prepare by letting us know what you’re most interested to know more about.
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