The West Gate Tunnel Project is a city-shaping project that will deliver a vital alternative to the West Gate Bridge, provide quicker and safer journeys, and remove thousands of trucks off residential streets.

After two years of intensive community and stakeholder engagement, technical investigations and design development, we are excited to release the design for the West Gate Tunnel Project.

The project will include:

  • widening the West Gate Freeway from 8 to 12 lanes and include express lanes between the M80 and the West Gate Bridge, reducing weaving and merging that leads to traffic congestion.
  • a tunnel from the West Gate Freeway to the Maribyrnong River and the Port of Melbourne which will take motorists and trucks underground and off residential streets, providing a more efficient freight route.
  • a bridge over the Maribyrnong River, linking to an elevated road along Footscray Road will get people to where they need to go in the CBD north.
  • state-of-the-art smart technology across the length of the project linking it to other freeway management systems across the city.

Construction will begin after we have planning approvals – expected later this year – with works to be completed by the end of 2022.

For more information, download the Design overview (PDF, 1.6mb) fact sheet.

Project Status - EES process

The Environment Effects Statement (EES) for the West Gate Tunnel Project assesses the potential effects of the design, its construction and operation, and gives everyone the chance to have a say.

Formal submissions on the EES were invited during a six-week public exhibition period from Monday 29 May to Monday 10 July 2017. Submissions have now closed.

Click here for more information on the EES

An independent Inquiry and Advisory Committee (IAC) will conduct public hearings that are scheduled to begin on 14 August 2017. The IAC will consider the EES and all submissions.

The EES will inform decision-making on the West Gate Tunnel Project under Victorian legislation.

Interactive Map

Explore the design in more detail through our interactive map.

Community Liaison Group

The Community Liaison Group (CLG) has been formed to gather community feedback as planning progresses on the West Gate Tunnel Project.

Find out more about the CLG, its Terms of Reference and its members.

Document library

Find copies of all our fact sheets, newsletters, maps and discussion papers in the document library.

Key Topics

Design overview

Find out about the project’s design, its main features and the key updates.

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Building the West Gate Tunnel Project

Find out how we will widen the West Gate Freeway, build a tunnel under Yarraville and construct Melbourne’s second river crossing.

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Outer West benefits

Find out how the West Gate Tunnel Project will benefit the communities in Melbourne's outer west regions

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Open space

Close to 9 hectares of new open space and parklands for the inner west. Find out more.

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Walking and Cycling

Creating a continuous journey from Werribee to the city. Find out more about how the project will deliver over 14 km of new and upgraded walking and cycling paths.

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Tunnel ventilation and air quality

The West Gate Tunnel Project ventilation system design will be best practice. Find out more

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Better noise walls

The West Gate Tunnel Project will reduce noise for residents with significantly improved noise walls.

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Urban design

Celebrating the unique identity and diverse nature of the west

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Project investigations

We are undertaking project investigations for the West Gate Tunnel Project

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Find out how we’re providing a more direct and efficient freight route from the west, to the port and the rest of Melbourne.

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Trucks off local roads

Removing trucks from inner west streets

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