North East Link

Victoria's biggest road project - connecting the missing link in Melbourne's freeway network


35slashing travel times between Melbourne’s north and south-east by up to 35 minutes

6kmof twin road tunnels

15,000trucks off local roads every day


North East Link will finally fix the missing link in Melbourne’s freeway network. It will slash travel times between the M80 Ring Road and the Eastern Freeway by up to 35 minutes, take 15,000 trucks off local roads a day, and give local roads back to local communities.

The project will deliver a massive upgrade to the Eastern Freeway, Melbourne’s first dedicated busway and more than 25 km of new and upgraded walking and cycling paths.

This year, CPB Contractors will be moving around 100 above and underground services out of the way of North East Link, as part of the early works. Power, water, gas, sewer and telecommunication services need to be moved to make way for major construction to start from 2021.

While early works are happening, teams of some of the world’s best and biggest builders are preparing bids to design the entire project and build the North East Link tunnels. The preferred team, design and construction timelines will be known later this year. Early works are expected to be finished by early 2021, ready for major works to start soon after.

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Linking key growth areas in the north and south-east


North East Link Project oversees the delivery of the missing link in Melbourne's freeway network. Visit the project website for more information.

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