December 12, 2017

CONTRACTS SIGNED FOR A FASTER TRIP BETWEEN BALLARAT AND MELBOURNE

Construction of the West Gate Tunnel will begin next month, with the Andrews Labor Government today signing contracts to build the vital alternative to the West Gate Bridge.

The West Gate Tunnel will slash travel times between Ballarat and Melbourne by up to 20 minutes, connecting the West Gate Freeway to the port, CityLink and city’s north, with a tunnel under the inner west of Melbourne.

For people and businesses in Ballarat, this means no more getting stuck in traffic on the West Gate Bridge on the way to work, to visit friends or family or when heading in for the football.

The project will provide a dedicated, highly efficient route to the port, cutting travel times for freight industry and reducing transport costs for businesses throughout Western Victoria.

There’ll be four extra lanes on the West Gate Freeway between the M80 and the West Gate Bridge, including three express lanes in each direction.

The project will provide an estimated $11 billion boost to the Victorian economy, creating 6,000 new jobs, including 500 jobs for people entering the workforce, and up to 150 jobs for former auto workers.

Early works will start in January, with the first of two massive Tunnel Boring Machines to be ordered in the next few weeks. The project will be complete in 2022.

During construction on the West Gate Freeway traffic will be kept moving with all lanes remaining open during peak periods.

Quote to be attributable to Member for Buninyong Geoff Howard

“The West Gate Tunnel Project will deliver improved journey times to and from Melbourne, supporting Ballarat’s continued economic growth across tourism, manufacturing and the service sector.”

Quote to be attributable to Member for Wendouree Sharon Knight

“This is one of the biggest infrastructure projects ever undertaken in Victoria, creating more than 6000 jobs and delivering opportunities for small and large businesses across the state.”