North East Link is the biggest ever investment in Melbourne’s north-east – changing the way people move around Melbourne.

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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​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.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Before we get construction of the North East Link Tunnels underway, we’ll be asking local people what they think about the look and feel of the design for their local area, including new and returned parklands, playgrounds, wetlands, walking and cycling bridges and noise walls.

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.