10 April 2018

Work is underway to build a huge tunnelling hub in Yarraville including a massive shed to reduce noise and dust during construction of the West Gate Tunnel.

The tunnelling hub shed will be bigger than the Altona Bunnings and will process more than 1.5 million cubic metres of dirt and rock excavated from the tunnels – enough to fill the MCG.

When operational, 500 workers will be employed at the site on the corner of Somerville Road and Whitehall Street.

The tunnelling hub will be connected to the neighbouring northern portal site by an elevated, covered conveyor belt that will transport the dirt and rock from the project’s two tunnel boring machines into the massive shed.

A footbridge will also be built over Somerville Road for workers to easily and safely move between the two sites.

The tunnelling hub is the third major West Gate Tunnel worksite to be established in recent weeks, with crews already working at the neighbouring northern portal site and the widening of the West Gate Freeway.

More than 800 people are already working on the West Gate Tunnel Project, which will create more than 6000 jobs for Victorians.