Nexus consortium selected as preferred proponent for Victoria’s major overhaul of the Eastern Freeway
Melbourne, October 20th, 2022 – The Nexus consortium, comprised of global design and consultancy organisation Arcadis, Laing O’Rourke, WSP and Symal Group, has been selected as the preferred proponent for the first part of the Victorian Government’s major overhaul of the Eastern Freeway.
The package of work between Burke Road and Tram Road will connect with the North East Link Tunnels. The Nexus consortium will deliver smart road management technology, new express lanes, cycling paths, new park and ride facilities and the first seven kilometres of the Eastern Express Busway which will greatly improve how people move around Melbourne.
“Roads are the arteries of our cities, and the Victorian Government has made significant investments into the mobility and connectivity of our people. Critical transport infrastructure provides a great complement to our urban spaces, parklands and wetlands. The North East Link will improve the quality of life of r both our communities and commuters,” Belinda Virant, Business Area Director for Mobility at Arcadis said.
“We are delighted to bring our deep expertise in smart and sustainably sensitive infrastructure design to deliver one of the Victorian Government’s largest alliance projects in the State’s history,” Belinda Virant, Business Area Director for Mobility at Arcadis said.
The North East Link is the missing link in Melbourne’s freeway network and will deliver Melbourne’s first dedicated busway, build Victoria’s longest road tunnels, complete the Ring Road and create a North East Trail with more than 34km of walking and cycling paths.
Once complete, it’s anticipated the new road network will remove 15,000 trucks per day from local roads and slash travel times by up to 35 minutes. The design will also create new open spaces and walking and cycling connections for local communities.