The West Gate Tunnel Project will deliver a vital alternative to the West Gate Bridge, providing a much needed second river crossing, quicker and safer journeys, and remove thousands of trucks from residential streets.
A design for the West Gate Tunnel Project has been selected. In response to community feedback we’ve developed a design with even better connections, less community impacts, more walking and cycling paths and new green spaces.
Explore the design through our interactive map.
Key design updates include
- a longer tunnel within the West Gate Freeway, which moves the westbound exit further away from existing homes
- safer road design with four new lanes including express lanes to and from the West Gate Bridge
- an improved city access design with through simplified connections and two fewer crossings of the Moonee Ponds Creek
- over 14 km of new and upgraded cycling and walking paths – including a 2.5 km veloway above Footscray Road
- improved pedestrian and cycling connections between communities along the West Gate Freeway
- Nearly 9 ha, the equivalent of nearly four MCGs, of new community open space including parkland and wetlands and more than 17,000 trees planted
- world-class architecture, urban and landscape design that celebrates the Aboriginal heritage and maritime history of Melbourne’s west
- high-quality noise walls designed with residents in mind to reduce noise and protect privacy while allowing natural light
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Slashing congestion from Geelong to Pakenham
Melbourne’s freeways operate as an interconnected network. What happens on one part of this network can affect people travelling on other parts – even those that are many kilometres away. An incident on the West Gate Bridge can triple travel times for motorists.
The West Gate Tunnel Project will provide a much-needed second river crossing – a vital alternative to the already busy West Gate Bridge. More lanes on the West Gate Freeway will slash travel times, and separated express lanes will reduce weaving and merging.
It also includes improved access to Webb Dock for trucks which will take trucks off the West Gate Freeway and directly to the Bolte Bridge and 30 kms of extra lanes will be added to the Monash Freeway.
The latest smart technology will be used to control all of these key connections into, and across Melbourne.
The project will feature world-class architecture, urban and landscape design. It considers the form and character of the built environment and how people access, use and enjoy public spaces.
The West Gate Tunnel Project’s urban design has been carefully considered to enhance the local character with better walking and cycling connections and high quality recreational facilities. The infrastructure celebrates the rich history, Aboriginal heritage and maritime history of Melbourne’s west.
Melbourne is well-known for its excellence in urban design – from innovative buildings, attractive structures and landmark bridges to the clever use of public spaces. The West Gate Tunnel Project will build on and extend the reputation of leading urban infrastructure in Victoria.
A sustainable design
The West Gate Tunnel Project will meet an ‘excellent’ Infrastructure Sustainability rating by reusing and recycling materials, minimising construction truck movements and using smart design and sustainable equipment and materials to reduce energy during operation.
A comprehensive planning and approvals process is well underway through the preparation and exhibition of an Environment Effects Statement (EES). The EES will assess the environmental effects of the project including the design and construction methodology.
Everyone will have the opportunity to view the EES and have a say when it is released and publicly exhibited in mid-2017, and formal feedback will be considered by an independent Inquiry Panel and public hearing.
Construction will start after we have planning approvals – expected later this year – with works to be completed by the end of 2022.
Download the Design overview April 2017 (PDF, 1.6mb)