21 November 2019

Victoria’s Big Build will ramp up over the summer months as a record amount of work is carried out on some of the biggest transport projects in Victoria’s history, with works from December through to February.

The quieter months on Victoria’s roads and trains will allow construction to intensify on the West Gate Tunnel, Metro Tunnel, level crossing removals, the Western Road Upgrade, and other transport projects.

West Gate Tunnel Project works

This summer we’ll rebuild two key ramps on the West Gate Freeway to prepare to widen the freeway from 8 to 12 through lanes.

This means there will be freeway ramp and road closures over January and February with detours in place.

Roads disruptions to keep in mind in Melbourne’s west include:

  • Millers road outbound on and off-ramps to West Gate Freeway closed
  • Geelong Road to Princes Freeway outbound ramp closed
  • M80 Ring Road to West Gate Freeway inbound ramp closed

Other major programs of work will also be taking place across Melbourne with disruptions on public transport and other road networks over summer like maintenance works on the West Gate Bridge from 26 to 31 December and the Dohertys and Fitzgerald road intersection upgrade from 6 to 31 January.

Before travelling, plan ahead: take another route or allow more time for your journey.

We’re working to get these projects finished as quickly as possible. Sometimes dates change so check www.bigbuild.vic.gov.au for the latest information before you travel.

Metro Tunnel works

Excavation of the final section of the Metro Tunnel entrance at South Yarra will begin in January as crews begin shifting the existing train tracks to make room for the new track that will connect the existing lines to the tunnel.

Once complete, the Metro Tunnel will provide space on the rail network for over half a million extra trips a week to and from the suburbs during peak periods and will slash travel times by up to 50 minutes a day.

Due to these works, sections of the Cranbourne and Pakenham, Frankston and Sandringham lines will be closed during this time.
Works to remove dangerous and congested level crossings will also progress over summer with works continuing at Reservoir, Toorak Road, Carrum, Cheltenham, Mentone, Lyndhurst and Pakenham.

The Metro Tunnel disruptions will coincide with the first week of the Australian Open.  Direct buses will be provided to the tennis and the Labor Government continues to work closely with Tennis Australia to get fans to and from the tennis as efficiently as possible.

Plan your journey

Detail of the impact for each disruption will be made available ahead of time, and real time information on delays will be provided during each disruption. Victorians are encouraged to plan ahead and allow extra travel time.

For more information about the planned disruptions over summer visit bigbuild.vic.gov.au.