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Builders shortlisted for $7B North East Link contract

Three tenders have been shortlisted to deliver the major works for the $7-9 billion North East Link contract, as part of a Public Private Partnership (PPP).

The Victorian Government has shortlisted OneLink, Spark and ViaNova as the consortia to build the North East Link’s twin road tunnels.

Transport Infrastructure Minister, Jacinta Allan, said the $15.8 billion North East Link is Victoria’s largest road project ever.

“The project will connect the M80 with the Eastern Freeway, linking key growth areas in the north and south-east,”  Allan said.

“It includes upgrades to the Eastern Freeway, a dedicated Doncaster Busway, more than 25 kilometres of new and upgraded cycling and walking paths, and improvements to community facilities including local sports grounds.”

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Allan said works will create more than 10,000 jobs, take 15,000 trucks off local roads and cut travel times for up to 135,000 motorists.

“The successful PPP builder will design the North East Link including the twin tunnels, new interchanges, freeway upgrades and shared use paths,” Allan said.

“They will also be responsible for building the twin tunnels under the Yarra River, and operating the entire road corridor from the Eastern Freeway to Hoddle St and the M80, once it is built.”

Early works to prepare for major construction will commence following planning approvals in 2020, and will deliver a range of preparatory works including power, water and other utility works.

“CPB Contractors have been appointed to lead the early works package, valued at more than $200 million, with planning work to start in the coming weeks,” Ms. Allan said.

“The works will be sequenced and coordinated to reduce disruption to residents, businesses and road users, and will reduce future disruption during major construction in 2021.”

Shortlisted consortia: 

  • OneLink – comprising CPB Contractors, Samsung C&T Corporation, Egis Road Operations, UGL Engineering, Pacific Partnership, DIF Management Australia.
  • Spark – comprising Salini Impregilo, GS Engineering and Construction, China Construction Oceania, Broadspectrum Australia, Capella Capital, John Laing Investments and advisors Lend Lease Engineering.
  • ViaNova – comprising John Holland Group, Acciona Construction, Lendlease Services, Plenary Group, Acciona Concesiones.

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