Fixing the missing link in Melbourne’s freeway network has been talked about for decades – as far back as 1929.

In 2016, Infrastructure Victoria – our State’s independent infrastructure advisors – named North East Link as the State’s next priority road project, and the Victorian Government committed to build it.

Since then, the project has been through more than three years of intensive and robust planning and construction has started.

With more than 15,750 pieces of community feedback received, we’re also well on our way to delivering the state's largest ever community consultation program.

Key steps and stages

  • 2017 – Corridor selection
    Determining where to build North East Link
  • 2018 – Business case
    Assessing the benefits North East Link will deliver and recommending how it could, and should, be funded
  • 2018-2019 – Planning and approvals
    Preparing a reference project for intensive studies to assess environmental effects and set strict conditions the project must meet
  • 2020 – Construction starts
    Moving key power, water, gas and other services out of the way
  • 2021 – Bidder selection, final design, major construction
    Successful bidder for tunnelling package selected, design released, and the transition to construction of the tunnelling package begins.
  • 2022 Construction of the tunnelling package well underway; the project goes 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 25 kilometres of new and upgraded walking and cycling paths.