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Tunnelling to begin on Victoria’s North East Link

The North East Link is one step closer to improving travel times and taking trucks off local roads, as segments of the first tunnel boring machine (TBM) to dig the twin road tunnels have been lowered into the ground.

Victorian Minister for Transport Infrastructure, Danny Pearson, and Federal Member for Jagajaga, Kate Thwaites, visited the Watsonia site on 15 March where two TBMs will start digging the 6.5-kilometre tunnels in mid-2024.

“This is another significant milestone for North East Link – getting us closer to moving trucks off local roads and slashing travel times across the north east,” Pearson said.

“We’re getting on with assembling TBMs on site so tunnelling can kick off in the coming months – building the longer 6.5-kilometre tunnels the community asked for.”

The TBMs will soon work their way south from Watsonia towards Bulleen, while crews begin installing tunnel walls made of almost 44,000 individual concrete segments.

Across the north east, a significant level of work is underway to prepare for tunnelling.

A 200-metre-long TBM launch box in Watsonia has been completed, and work has started on the underground box structures near Lower Plenty Road and Manningham Road where the TBMs will excavate on their journey south.

“This is a valuable step towards constructing a new motorway between the M80 Ring Road at Greensborough and the Eastern Freeway at Bulleen Road,” said Federal Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government, Catherine King.

“The project will provide Melbourne with a complete orbital road connection for the first time, reducing travel times for both freight and commuter traffic and taking trucks off the local streets in Melbourne’s northern suburbs.”

The North East Link, the M80 Ring Road completion and the Eastern Freeway upgrades are expected to open in 2028.

In other news, attendees at State Conference 2024 gained some insight into the results of the Victorian Government’s Freight Industry Training Jobseekers Project, which concluded at the end of last year.

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