West Gate Tunnel Project

December 4, 2017
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Benefits for Melbourne’s west

The West Gate Tunnel Project means less congestion and more reliable travel between Melbourne’s west and the city. Right now, it’s not unusual to experience bumper-to-bumper traffic on the West Gate Freeway or incidents that bring traffic to a stand-still. 

The West Gate Tunnel Project means less congestion and more reliable travel between Melbourne’s west and the city. Right now, it’s not unusual to experience bumper-to-bumper traffic on the West Gate Freeway or incidents that bring traffic to a stand-still. An incident on the West Gate Bridge can triple travel times for motorists. The project will deliver a vital second river crossing, quicker and safer journeys and remove thousands of trucks off the West Gate Bridge. 

Project includes 

  • Four more lanes on the West Gate Freeway between the M80 and the West Gate Bridge 
  • Three express lanes in each direction –  M80 to West Gate Bridge 
  • Twin tunnels and a second river crossing providing an alternative to the West Gate Bridge and new connections to the city’s north 
  • Smart technology linking with other freeway systems across the city to manage traffic flow and incidents and display travel information 

Construction from early 2018 Construction will begin after we have planning approvals - expected later this year - with works to be completed by the end of 2022. The Environment Effects Statement (EES) for the West Gate Tunnel Project has detailed information about how the project could affect people and the environment and how the impacts will be managed. The EES has assessed potential impacts in 17 areas including transport, air quality, noise, landscape and visual, vibration, business, ecology and human health. To view the EES  visit www.westgatetunnelproject.vic.gov.au/EES.

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