North East Link (VIC)

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North East Link (VIC)

Ensuring a common strategic thread across Victoria’s largest road project.

North East Link (NEL) is the largest road investment project in Victoria’s history. This $16bn scheme will complete the missing link in Melbourne’s orbital freeway, providing a complete orbital connection, linking an upgraded Eastern Freeway to the M80 Ring Road.

The project includes Victoria’s longest twin road tunnel (6km) and will deliver Melbourne’s first dedicated high-speed busway along the Eastern Freeway from Doncaster towards the city. Once complete, it is estimated, the North East Link will reduce travel times by up to 35 minutes between Melbourne’s north and southeast, including taking 15,000 trucks off busy residential roads and reducing traffic on the arterial road network crossing the Yarra River by 50,000 vehicles per day.

NEL is being delivered by the North East Link Authority. The contracting strategy for NEL presents an outstanding opportunity for the private sector to partner with the State to deliver the most complex elements of the project.

Our role

MBB Group is providing transaction management and strategic advisory services for the full procurement lifecycle of each of the contract packages for NEL:

  • Primary Package – procured and delivered as an ‘availability’ PPP under the Partnerships Victoria Framework.
  • Secondary Packages – to be procured and delivered under an Alliance or D&C contract model
  • Independent Reviewer and Environmental Assessor contract

MBB is also providing delivery readiness services, assisting NELA prepare for the transition from procurement to contract management of the Primary Package ‘availability’ PPP package once awarded.

Our services

  • Transaction Management
  • Project Leadership
  • Project Strategy
  • Project Governance & Assurance
  • Stakeholder Management
  • Interface Management
  • Major Infrastructure Development

Project Overview


North East Link Authority (NELA)

Project Value


Project Type

Transaction & Procurement

Form of Contract

PPP, D&C, Alliance

Project Dates

July 2019 - Present