North East Link is more than just a road project – we’re bringing 5 big projects together, changing the way people move around Melbourne by road, bus and bike.

North East Link will connect the M80 Ring Road in Greensborough to an upgraded Eastern Freeway in Bulleen, build Melbourne’s first dedicated busway and create a North East Trail with more than 34km of walking and cycling paths.

In late 2021 we appointed Spark to build the North East Link Tunnels from Watsonia to Bulleen. This includes Victoria's longest road tunnels, interchanges at Lower Plenty Road and Manningham Road, new parklands, wetlands, bike and walking paths and improvements to local roads.

Works are in full swing as we prepare for major construction of the North East Link Tunnels. Site compound set-up continues from Watsonia to Bulleen to get ready for tunnelling to start in 2024.

In late 2022, two world-class consortia were selected as the preferred bidders for the next big elements of the project – the overhaul of the Eastern Freeway and the completion of the M80 Ring Road. We’ll work with both bidders ahead of contracts being awarded by mid 2023, and we will go out to market to seek Expressions of Interest to overhaul other sections of the Eastern Freeway – with the program delivering upgrades from Hoddle Street to Springvale Road.

We’re also going out to market for other elements of North East Link, including the Eastern Express Busway and surrounding sections of the North East Trail.

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