North East Link is 5 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 was awarded the contract to deliver the North East Link Tunnels in 2021, with some smaller preparatory works and investigations for the tunnels starting in early 2022. Work to start establishing construction compounds and prepare key work areas is expected to start in mid 2022, followed by major works commencing later this year.

Starting from 2022, we’ll progressively 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 34km of new and upgraded walking and cycling paths.

Construction timelines

  • Early works for North East Link started in 2020.
  • Major construction on the tunnelling package will begin in late 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 2027/2028.