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 – Final builder, final design, major construction

Successful Primary Package builder appointed, final design released and major constructions starts