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.

Procurement

Shortlist: Early Works Contract - CPB Contractors, Laing O'Rourke
Successful Tenderer: Early Works Contract - CPB Contractors

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)
Resources
Other
ICN Gateway
Major Contract

North East Link - Secondary Package 4

PROJECT STATUS
Announced
North East Link - Secondary Package 4

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. 

While the composition of the secondary packages is still to be determined, Secondary Package 4 is expected to comprise a portion of the upgrades to the M3 planned for the eastern-most section of the Eastern Freeway.

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 $500 million and $700 million, depending on the final design.
Sector
Road
Procurement approach
Traditional Procurement | Unconfirmed |
Location
Victoria | National |
Infrastructure Australia status
High Priority Project (medium-term, 5-10 years)
Major Contract

North East Link - Secondary Package 3

PROJECT STATUS
Announced
North East Link - Secondary Package 3

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. 

While the composition of the secondary packages is still to be determined, Secondary Package 3 is expected to comprise a portion of the upgrades to the M3 planned for between Springvale Road and Bulleen Road.

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 3 will cost between $200 million and $600 million, depending on the final design.
Sector
Road
Procurement approach
Traditional Procurement | Unconfirmed |
Location
Victoria | National |
Infrastructure Australia status
High Priority Project (medium-term, 5-10 years)
Major Contract

North East Link - Secondary Package 2

PROJECT STATUS
Announced
North East Link - Secondary Package 2

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. 

While the composition of the secondary packages is still to be determined, Secondary Package 2 is expected to comprise connection and interchange works between the tunnel (Primary Package) and the M3. The project is also expected include a portion of the upgrades to the M3 planned for between Springvale Road and Bulleen Road.

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.
Sector
Road
Procurement approach
Traditional Procurement | Unconfirmed |
Location
Victoria | National |
Infrastructure Australia status
High Priority Project (medium-term, 5-10 years)
Major Contract

North East Link - Secondary Package 1

PROJECT STATUS
Announced
North East Link - Secondary Package 1

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.

While the composition of the packages is still to be determined, Secondary Package 1 is expected to comprise connection and interchange works between the tunnel (Primary Package) and the M80 along with upgrades to approximately two kilometres of the M80 between Plenty Road and Greensborough Bypass.

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.
Sector
Road
Procurement approach
Traditional Procurement | Unconfirmed |
Location
Victoria | National |
Infrastructure Australia status
High Priority Project (medium-term, 5-10 years)
Major Contract

North East Link - Primary Package - Tunnel PPP

PROJECT STATUS
Under Procurement
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, along with:

  • seven kilometres of freeway between Watsonia and Bulleen Roadand motorway between the M80 and M3
  • new interchanges at Manningham Road and Lower Plenty Road, and
  • provision of tunnel systems, intelligent transport systems, tolling infrastructure, noise walls, shared use paths and associated infrastructure.

 

Key Dates

2021 Expected 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 advisors Lend Lease Engineering. ViaNova, comprising John Holland, Acciona Construction, Lendlease Services, Plenary Group, and Acciona Concesiones.

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. 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.
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
Media releases
02/09/2019
26/11/2018