The proposed North East Link will be the biggest road transport project in Victoria’s history and will serve as the missing link in Melbourne’s freeway network. The North East Link will: reduce travel times between the city’s North and South East by up to 35 minutes, link the M80 to an upgraded Eastern Freeway and remove up to 15,000 trucks from local roads every day.
This project will include the following elements:
- a massive upgrade to the Eastern Freeway;
- completion of the M80 Ring Road;
- Melbourne’s first dedicated busway;
- a new park and ride in Bulleen; and
- more than 25 kilometres of new and upgraded walking and cycling paths.
Spark Consortia (Spark) consists of Salini Impregilo, GS Engineering and Construction, China Construction Oceania, Broadspectrum Australia, Capella Capital, John Laing Investments, and advisors Lendlease. Spark has been selected as the preferred bidder to deliver the tunnelling package for the North East Link. The successful bidder will construct twin three-lane tunnels and interchanges. The new tunnels will protect homes and the sensitive environmental areas including the Yarra River, Banyule Flats and Warringal Parklands. The tunnelling package will be delivered as a Public Private Partnership.
BG&E is providing the primary package tender design including road design, traffic modelling, and civil and dive structures design.