Project

North East Link

PROJECT STATUS
Under Procurement
North East Link

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 project includes two six-kilometre three lane tunnels, ventilation structures, green spaces, and 25 kilometres of new and upgraded walking and cycling tracks.

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 the North East Link travel beneath Grimshaw Street in Watsonia, before connecting to the M80 Ring Road at Greensborough. 

Key Dates

2018 Commencement of procurement
2021 Expected Construction Commencement
2027 Expected Construction Completion

Funding contributions

Federal Government
Victorian Government

The 2018-19 Victorian Budget allocated $110 million to fast track planning and design for the project.

PROJECT HISTORY

Apr 2017 Geotechnical investigations across 24 sites in Melbourne's North East commenced.
2017 The North East Link Authority was established to manage the project under the same model used on the Metro Tunnel and Western Distributor. The project will also be overseen by the Victorian Coordinator General.
Aug 2017 The Victorian Government released four potential corridors for public consultation.
Nov 2017 Corridor A was announced as the preferred corridor between the M80 south to the Eastern Freeway near Bulleen Road.
Apr 2018 The Minister for the Environment determined that the project would be assessed by a Public Environment Report (PER). The PER assesses how the project could affect matters of national environmental significance.
Apr 2018 The Victorian Government released the early design concepts of the project.
May 2018 The Victorian Government released the business case for the project. The project’s benefit to cost ratio (BCR) was estimated to be $1.30 for every dollar spent. This increased to $1.40 when wider economic benefits, such as better freight connections, are considered. The Victorian Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning also released the draft scoping requirements for the North East Link’s Environmental Effects Statement (EES).
Sep 2018 The Victorian Government released detailed designs for the project.
Sep 2018 The Victorian Government released the proposed project packaging, which comprises the main (primary) package PPP for the tunnel and four secondary packages. The Government also indicated the PPP will be procured first before secondary packages are tendered.
Nov 2018 Procurement of the Primary package PPP and a $200 million Early Works contract began following the Victorian Government's re-election.
Feb 2019 Expressions of Interest (EOIs) for the Early Works contract closed.
Apr 2019 The Environmental Effects Statement (EES) was released for exhibition.
Sep 2019 The final Public Environment Report (PER), including a summary of submissions received and how they have been addressed, was submitted to the Federal Minster for the Environment to inform approval under the EPBC Act.
Dec 2019 The Federal Minister for the Environment provided environmental approval under the EPBC Act.
Mar 2020 The Victorian Government introduced legislation to create a state-owned tolling company for the North East Link. Tolls will be applied to the north-south section of the project, which includes the tunnel under the Yarra River. This company will use revenue from tolls to recover some of the construction costs and also fund future maintenance.
Oct 2020 The Victorian Government invited suppliers to submit proposals for the provision of Constructability Advisory Services to support in the delivery of the North East Link.
Estimated Total Cost
(2016)
Sector
Road
Procurement approach
Confirmed PPP |
Location
Victoria | National |
Infrastructure Australia status
High Priority Project (medium-term, 5-10 years)
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Major Contract

North East Link – Primary Package – Tunnel PPP

PROJECT STATUS
Awarded
North East Link – Primary Package – Tunnel PPP

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 Primary Package of the project comprises construction of twin three-lane tunnels approximately six kilometres in length passing under Banyule Flats and the Yarra River, as well as provision of tunnel systems, intelligent transport systems, tolling infrastructure, noise walls, shared use paths and associated infrastructure. Originally, the package was also proposed to include construction of seven kilometres of freeway and new interchanges, but much of this additional scope was moved to secondary packages in November 2020.

 

Key Dates

2021 Contract Award
2021 Expected Construction Commencement
2027 Expected Construction Completion

Procurement

Shortlist: OneLink, comprising CPB Contractors, Samsung C&T, Egis Road Operations, UGL Engineering, Pacific Partnerships, and DIF Management Australia. Spark, comprising Salini Impregilo, GS Engineering and Construction, China Construction, Broadspectrum, Capella Capital, John Laing, and advisers Lendlease Engineering ViaNova, comprising John Holland, ACCIONA Construction, Lendlease Services, Plenary Group, and ACCIONA Concesiones
Successful Tenderer: Spark, comprising WeBuild, GS Engineering and Construction, CPB Contractors, China Construction Oceania, Ventia, Capella Capital, John Laing, DIF and Pacific Partnerships
Adviser (Tenderer): Allens Seed Engineering

PROJECT HISTORY

May 2018 The 2018-19 Victorian Budget announced that the main tunnel component of the project would be procured through an availability public private partnership (PPP).
Sep 2018 Registrations of Interest (ROIs) for market engagement on the PPP were opened.
Nov 2018 The Victorian Government called for Expressions of Interest (EOIs) for the PPP package. EOIs were due by 10 May 2019.
Sep 2019 The Victorian Government shortlisted three consortia for the project - OneLink, Spark and ViaNova.
Mar 2020 The Victorian Government announced that a state-owned tolling company would be created to fix and collect tolls for the North East Link. Tolls will be applied to the primary package section of the road. The new company will use revenue from tolls to recover some of the construction costs and also fund future maintenance.
Nov 2020 The Victorian Government amended the procurement approach embedding an Incentivised Target Cost risk and reward regime. Changes to project scope and risk transfer were also made, with a refocusing of the package on the tunnelling components. The Victorian Government cited changes in market dynamics under COVID-19, recent feedback from industry engagement and the desire to strengthen collaboration and partnership during delivery as key reasons for the change in the procurement approach.
Jun 2021 The Victorian Government announced the preferred bidder for the North East Link – Primary Package as Spark, a consortium comprising WeBuild, GS Engineering and Construction, CPB Contractors, China Construction Oceania, Ventia, Capella Capital, John Laing, DIF and Pacific Partnerships.
Estimated Total Cost
(2018)
Sector
Road
Procurement approach
Confirmed PPP |
Location
Victoria | National |
Infrastructure Australia status
High Priority Project (medium-term, 5-10 years)
Resources
Major Contract

North East Link – Secondary Package – North

PROJECT STATUS
Under Procurement
North East Link – Secondary Package – North

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).

As part of the project there will be upgrades to the M3 and M80, which will be delivered through Secondary Packages.

The North Package – one of the two secondary packages – will upgrade the M80 Ring Road between Plenty Road and the Greensborough bypass to Somers Avenue. It's scope includes:

  • a new interchange at Greensborough bypass
  • a new interchange at Grimshaw Street
  • maintaining toll-free northbound and southbound access between Watsonia, Elder Street and Grimshaw Street
  • reconfiguring the Watsonia precinct
  • civil infrastructure, noise walls and urban design features, and
  • new and upgraded cycling infrastructure.

Key Dates

Sep 2021 ROIs Open

Procurement

Procuring Agency: North East Link Project

PROJECT HISTORY

May 2018 The North East Link Business Case indicated there would be two secondary packages - northern and southern packages.
Sep 2018 The Victorian Government released the proposed project packaging at an industry briefing. The project packaging includes the primary package PPP and four secondary packages. The Victorian Government estimated that Package 1 will cost between $0.6 billion and $1.1 billion, depending on the final design.
Nov 2018 The Expression of Interest document for the Primary Package indicated a further refinement of packaging. This included North and South Packages as secondary freeway packages.
Sep 2021 The Victorian Government issued an advanced notice announcing the Registration (ROI) of Interest process for the North and South Packages. The two packages were expected to be procured as two Alliance contracts. Bidders were invited to register for an industry briefing, as well as the electronic data room where ROI documents were to be published by 27 September.
Sector
Road
Procurement approach
Alliance |
Location
Victoria | National |
Infrastructure Australia status
High Priority Project (medium-term, 5-10 years)
Resources
Tender notices
2021/09/13
Major Contract

North East Link – Secondary Package – South

PROJECT STATUS
Under Procurement
North East Link – Secondary Package – South

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).

As part of the project there will be upgrades to the M3 and M80, which will be delivered through Secondary Packages.

The South Package – one of the two secondary packages – will widen the Eastern Freeway between Hoddle Street in the west and EastLink in the east. It's scope includes:

  • an interchange with the Primary Package
  • a full freeway to freeway interchange with the Eastern Freeway
  • additional lanes to the Eastern Freeway, including express lanes
  • construction of the Doncaster Busway along the Eastern Freeway
  • civil infrastructure, noise walls and urban design features, and
  • new and upgraded cycling infrastructure.

Key Dates

Sep 2021 ROIs Open

Procurement

Procuring Agency: North East Link Project

PROJECT HISTORY

May 2018 The North East Link Business Case indicated there would be two secondary packages - northern and southern packages.
Sep 2018 The Victorian Government released the proposed project packaging at an industry briefing. The project packaging includes the primary package PPP and four secondary packages. The Victorian Government estimated that Package 2 will cost between $2 billion and $3 billion, depending on the final design.
Nov 2018 The Expression of Interest document for the Primary Package indicated a further refinement of packaging. This included North and South Packages as secondary freeway packages.
Sep 2021 The Victorian Government issued an advanced notice announcing the Registration (ROI) of Interest process for the North and South Packages. The two packages were expected to be procured as two Alliance contracts. Bidders were invited to register for an industry briefing, as well as the electronic data room where ROI documents were to be published by 27 September.
Sector
Road
Procurement approach
Alliance |
Location
Victoria | National |
Infrastructure Australia status
High Priority Project (medium-term, 5-10 years)
Resources
Tender notices
2021/09/13
Major Contract

North East Link – Tolling Services Package

PROJECT STATUS
Announced
North East Link – Tolling Services Package

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).

As part of the project, Victorian Government will establish a separate tolling company (Toll Co) to collect and own the toll revenue generated through North East Link. 

The toll collection services will be procured through a separate process for the design, construction, commissioning, operation and maintenance of the toll collection system. This procurement will including roadside equipment and the back-office function.

The consortium delivering the Primary Package is responsible for the design, construct and maintain the civil infrastructure required to support the toll collection system and for ensuring this infrastructure is available to the tolling systems contractor for installation and commissioning.

PROJECT HISTORY

Sep 2018 The Victorian Government released the proposed project packaging at an industry briefing. The project packaging includes the primary package PPP and four secondary packages at the time.
Nov 2018 The Expression of Interest document for the Primary Package indicated a further refinement of packaging. This included Tolling Services as a separate contract.
Sector
Road
Procurement approach
Traditional Procurement | Unconfirmed |
Location
Victoria | National |
Infrastructure Australia status
High Priority Project (medium-term, 5-10 years)