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North East Link will connect the M80 Ring Road to an upgraded Eastern Freeway, slashing travel times by up to 35 minutes and taking 15,000 trucks off local roads.
It will link key growth areas in the north and south-east, providing an efficient connection for up to 135,000 vehicles each day, and allowing travel from Melbourne’s south-eastern suburbs to the airport without stopping at a single traffic light.
A big focus is on creating local jobs for local people, with more than 10,000 jobs on the project and 10 per cent of total work hours to be done by apprentices, trainees or cadets as part of the Government’s Local Jobs First Policy.
Early works started in 2020, with CPB Contractors are moving around 100 above and below ground services including water, power, gas and telecommunication services to make way for tunnel construction.
Spark was selected as the preferred bidder in June 2021, to deliver the tunnelling package. Spark comprises WeBuild, GS Engineering and Construction, CPB Contractors, China Construction Oceania, Ventia, Capella Capital, John Laing Investments, DIF and Pacific Partnerships.
The successful bidder will construct the twin three-lane tunnels and key interchanges. The new tunnels will protect homes and sensitive environmental areas including the Yarra River, Banyule Flats and Warringal Parklands.
The tunnelling package will be delivered as a Public Private Partnership. We’ll now work with the preferred bidder to negotiate a final contract and finalise their concept design for North East Link – ready to share details with the community before the end of the year.
Once the tunnelling package is awarded, the project will go out to market for other key elements of North East Link including a massive overhaul of the Eastern Freeway, Melbourne’s first dedicated busway, the completion of the M80 Ring Road and more than 25 kilometres of new and upgraded walking and cycling paths.
Construction on the tunnelling package is expected to begin after contract award later in the year.
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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.
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