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- The North Package comprises the design and construction of the North East Link between the M80-Plenty Rd interchange and the north tunnel entrance at Watsonia, one of five main packages which make up the North East Link Program
ACCIONA, in partnership with MACA Civil and designers AECOM, is delighted to have been selected as the Preferred Proponent for the North Package of the North East Link Program (NELP).
Bede Noonan, ACCIONA’s CEO in Australia & New Zealand, said, “We are honoured and proud to be part of the team selected as the Preferred Proponent for this very significant project. A project of this magnitude will positively impact the state for future generations and highlight ACCIONA’s commitment to delivering sustainable infrastructure solutions.”
MACA CEO David Greig said, “This is a significant project opportunity for our construction subsidiary MACA Civil, and we are proud to join NELP, ACCIONA and AECOM in entering the next stage of the procurement process and working towards the delivery of one of the largest infrastructure projects ever undertaken in the state of Victoria. To be part of this is a significant opportunity for our construction subsidiary MACA Civil.”
Richard Barrett, Chief Executive, Australia and New Zealand at AECOM, said, “We’re excited to enter the next stage of the procurement process for this transformative project that will change the way people move around Melbourne and deliver positive outcomes for communities and the environment. Working with ACCIONA, MACA Civil and NELP, we look forward to leveraging our diverse skills base, particularly our sustainability expertise and experience in complex transportation projects, to deliver this city-shaping project.”
As Preferred Proponent, we will now work with NELP and Project and Community Stakeholders to develop the final proposal and commence delivery readiness activities such as critical design, site investigation and utilities identification.
The North East Link Program (NELP) is a major infrastructure project which will ultimately provide improved access, amenity and safety for households, businesses, public transport and communities. The corridor-wide design for NELP incorporates an urban design that respects and acknowledges the area’s Indigenous heritage. During delivery, the project works will provide opportunities for thousands of people. We are keen to maximise opportunities to support State Government policies and frameworks in Social Procurement, Local Jobs First, Recycle First and the Building Equity Policy.
The North East Link will provide a safe and efficient freeway connection for more than 135,000 vehicles a day, taking 15,000 trucks off busy residential roads in the northeast of greater Melbourne each day. It will also enhance access to major suburban business and employment centres, improve orbital road connectivity across Melbourne, and boost the capacity of the city’s freight network.
The North Package is one of five main packages that make up NELP, with the other packages delivering a central tunnel and a connection and upgrade to the Eastern Freeway.
The North Package comprises the design and construction of the North East Link between the M80-Plenty Rd interchange and the north tunnel entrance at Watsonia. Works include 2km of new freeway upgrade, 3km of new freeway, separation of local roads from the freeways, almost 2 million cubic metres of earthworks, retaining walls, bridge structures, rail interface works, intelligent transport systems, urban design and landscaping.
ACCIONA is a global leader in sustainable solutions for infrastructure, renewable energy and water treatment projects. In Australia, ACCIONA is one of the nation’s pre-eminent construction companies with a unique mix of global expertise and deep local roots. It operates under strong local management with a highly capable domestic workforce and a thorough understanding of the Australian market. ACCIONA has started construction on its largest-ever wind farm in Australia, the MacIntyre complex in Queensland, with a total capacity of 1,026MW.
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