North East Link is five major projects in one.

To deliver this massive program of work, we will progressively appoint teams of builders for each big element. The North East Link Tunnels will take the longest to build, so we’re starting with these first.

The Spark consortium has been awarded the contract to deliver the North East Link Tunnels.With the tunnelling package now awarded, smaller preparatory works and investigations for the North East Link Tunnels will start towards the end of this year with sites mobilised in the first half of next year.

Starting from 2022, we’ll go out to market for other key elements of North East Link including a massive overhaul of the Eastern Freeway, Melbourne’s first dedicated busway, the completion of the M80 Ring Road and more than 34 kilometres of new and upgraded walking and cycling paths.

Construction timelines

  • Early works for North East Link started in 2020.
  • Construction on the tunnelling package will begin in 2022.
  • The project goes to market in 2022 for other key elements to be constructed as part of North East Link.
  • The project is working towards opening in 2027/28.