• West Gate Tunnel Project update


    West Gate Tunnel Project update

    On 27 November, Planning Minister Richard Wynne released his assessment of the West Gate Tunnel Project’s Environment Effects Statement (EES).

    The Minister’s Assessment follows a rigorous EES process and over two years of consultation with communities and stakeholders. An independent Inquiry and Advisory Committee (IAC) considered public submissions as well as the information contained in the EES and held public hearings over a five-week period to hear directly from those who had an interest in the project. You can read the Minister’s Assessment online here.

    In releasing his Assessment, the Minister has said:
     “There will be significant impacts during construction, but we’re getting the planning right to ensure disruptions are minimised and both the community and the environment are protected.”

    Transurban will now work through the Minister’s recommendations and prepare for construction to start, ensuring all environmental requirements are met.

    The government’s hope for the West Gate Tunnel Project is that it will address critical growth challenges facing Melbourne and Victoria and deliver a significant step up in connectivity to and from Melbourne’s west. The project will provide a vital alternative to the West Gate Bridge and will deliver many benefits for Victoria including:

    • Creating 6000 jobs during construction including jobs for apprentices and former auto workers.
    • Removal of more than 9,000 trucks from local roads
    • Direct access from the West Gate Freeway to the Port of Melbourne
    • Less congestion for better economic outcomes
    • Improved travel times and efficiency for freights
    • Over 14 kilometres of walking and cycling paths and new open space.

    To read more about the West Gate Tunnel Project, see here.