North East Link
Preferred bidder announced
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Preferred bidder announced
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The proposed North East Link project will connect the Metropolitan ring road (M80) and Eastern Freeway (M3) completing a ring road around Melbourne which includes the Monash Freeway (M1).
The North East Link Authority has been established to manage the project under the same model used on the Metro Tunnel and Western Distributor. The Victorian Coordinator General will oversee the project.
The Victorian Government has committed $35 million towards business case development, stakeholder consultation and route selection to be completed by 2018, and a further $100 million in the 2017/18 State Budget to complete critical design, planning and preconstruction works. Geotechnical investigations for the project across 24 sites in Melbourne's North East started in April 2017.
In August 2017 the Victorian Government released four potential corridors for public consultation:
- Corridor A: from the M80 south to the Eastern Freeway near Bulleen Road using the existing freeway reserve following Greensborough Highway (11 kilometres)
-Corridor B: starting near Canterbury Road and moving through Donvale, Mitcham and north west up to the M80 (24 kilometres);
-Corridor C: starting near Canterbury Road, moving north through Warrandyte and Eltham before trending west to connect to the M80 (26 kilometres); and
-Corridor D: starting near Boronia Road, trending eastwards through Chirnside Park, utilising part of the proposed Healesville Freeway reserve, before coming back west through St Helena to the M80 (40 kilometres).
In November 2017, Corridor A was announced as the preferred corridor between the M80 south to the Eastern Freeway near Bulleen Road.
The North East Link will begin on the Eastern Freeway at Springvale Road where the capacity of the Eastern Freeway will be doubled with six additional dedicated lanes. The freeway will connect to a new six lane tunnel at Bulleen with local underground connections at Banksia St and Manningham Road. There will be a local connection at Lower Plenty Road, with the North East Link then running north alongside the existing Greensborough Highway, which will stay open for local traffic. A new interchange will see North East Link travel beneath Grimshaw Street in Watsonia, before connecting to the M80 Ring Road at Greensborough.
The new section of road running north from the Eastern Freeway to Greensborough will be tolled. However, the expanded Eastern Freeway section will remain toll-free.
The projects's detailed design and the business case, including finalising cost estimates, will be publicly released ahead of the Victorian Budget 2018/19.
While procurement is not planned to commence until mid-2018, there will be opportunities for private sector engagement in the North East Link project for a range of contractors, designers, suppliers and financiers.
Planning approval and tender processes are expected to begin in mid-2018, with contracts signed in 2019, pending the result of the Victorian State Election in November 2018. Construction works are expected to commence in 2020.
The project is identified as a 10-15 year priority project in Infrastructure Victoria’s (IVs) 30-year Infrastructure Strategy.
IV notes funding for North East Link should include user charges in the form of tolls or as part of a transport network pricing regime to manage demand. Beneficiary charges could also be considered if there is a substantial uplift in economic activity in the vicinity of the project.
Last reviewed: 02/02/2018