Three consortia, comprising major construction companies in Australia and around the world, have been shortlisted by the government of the Australian the state of Victoria to build the North East Link’s twin road tunnels project.

The three consortia are vying for a major works contract, valued at around A$7bn (£4bn) to A$9bn (£5bn) as part of a public-private partnership (PPP).

The first consortium, OneLink, comprises CPB Contractors, Samsung C&T Corporation, Egis Road Operations, UGL Engineering, Pacific Partnership, and DIF Management Australia.

The second consortium, Spark, consists of Salini Impregilo, GS Engineering and Construction, China Construction Oceania, Broadspectrum Australia, Capella Capital, John Laing Investments, and advisors Lend Lease Engineering.

The third consortium, ViaNova, comprises John Holland Group, Acciona Construction, Lendlease Services, Plenary Group, and Acciona Concesiones.

The A$15.8bn (£8.9bn) North East Link, the largest road project in Victoria, is expected to create more than 10,000 jobs, in addition to taking 15,000 trucks off local roads and slashing travel times for 135,000 motorists.

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The North East Link project will connect the M80 with the Eastern Freeway linking growth areas in the north and south-east.

The project includes upgrades to the Eastern Freeway, a dedicated Doncaster Busway, over 25km of new and upgraded cycling and walking paths, as well as improvements to community facilities such as local sports grounds.

The consortium winning the PPP bid will be responsible for designing the North East Link, including the twin tunnels, new interchanges, freeway upgrades and shared-use paths.

It will also build the twin tunnels under the Yarra River, and operate the road corridor from the Eastern Freeway to Hoddle St and the M80.

Early works will commence after planning approvals in 2020 and will deliver preparatory works, including power, water and other utility works.

CPB Contractors has also been appointed to lead the early works package, valued at more than A$200m (£112m) and planning is expected to commence in the coming weeks.

Works will be carried out in phases and will be coordinated to minimise disruption to residents, businesses and road users, and also reduce disruption during major construction in 2021.

The contract for the PPP is expected to be awarded by the end of 2020 and major construction is likely to begin in 2021.

Minister for Transport Infrastructure Jacinta Allan said: “The world’s best construction companies have been shortlisted to help build Victoria’s largest ever road project, the North East Link.

“The congestion busting North East Link will take 15,000 trucks off local roads, slash travel times for up to 135,000 motorists and create 10,000 jobs.”


Image: Artist’s impression of the North-East Link. Photo: Courtesy of North East Link Project.