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Western Distributor/West Gate Tunnel

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http://www.premier.vic.gov.au/delivering-the-second-river-crossing/

Western Distributor Tunnel

A Second River Crossing

The Andrews Labor Government’s 2016/17 Victorian Budget will provide the full funding required to build the Western Distributor Project – a second river crossing that will slash travel time from Geelong by 20 minutes.

Although it is unheard of for the Commonwealth Government not to invest in a project of such national significance, the Labor Government is providing certainty to the community by allocating the $1.46 billion required over the forward estimates to get it done.

The Labor Government will continue its attempts to convince the Turnbull Government that a second river crossing and the significant travel time savings from Geelong warrant Commonwealth investment, however the Government will get it done with or without them.

The Government and Transurban have today also signed an agreement on processes for the tender, planning and engagement stages and announced the establishment of the Western Distributor Authority to get this project done.

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Official video of the Western Distributor Project with details on tunnel options:

https://www.facebook.com/v2.5/plugins/video.php?allowfullscreen=true&app...

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http://www.premier.vic.gov.au/second-river-crossing-fully-funded-and-out...

Second River Crossing Fully Funded And Out To Market

10 May 2016

Two weeks after it was fully funded in the Victorian Budget 2016/17, Melbourne’s second river crossing – the Western Distributor – has been put out to market.

Premier Daniel Andrews joined Minister for Roads Luke Donnellan and Transurban CEO Scott Charlton to announce that a world-class field of international constructors are expected to bid on the $5.5 billion Western Distributor, after an extensive market engagement process.

The firms that have been invited to express interest are:

• John Holland and CPB Contractors Joint Venture

• Lend Lease and Bouygues Joint Venture

• Rizzani De Eccher Australia P/L

• Bechtel Infrastructure Australia P/L

• Salini Impregilo S.p.A

All the constructors have a proven track record building freeways, tunnels and landmark bridges in highly urbanised environments and achieving high quality urban design outcomes.

An updated reference design will be developed in response to the ongoing extensive community and stakeholder consultation, and will be released mid- year in time for the next stage of the tender process.

The tender process will be complete by the end of 2016, and the design will be thoroughly assessed through the Environmental Effects Statement (EES) process, including with extensive public exhibition and consultation.

The Western Distributor’s new tunnel and long overdue second river crossing will cut travel time from Geelong and the west by 20 minutes. It will slash congestion, boost the Victorian economy and create 5,600 new jobs.

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If you’ve ever been stuck in traffic on the West Gate, you’ll want to watch this.

10 July 2016

http://www.premier.vic.gov.au/if-youve-ever-been-stuck-in-traffic-on-the...

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Aussie Steve's picture

Oh dear! The ugly spaghetti freeway interchange we now have to the south of the CBD in Southbank/South Melbourne will now be replicated to the north-east of the CBD in West/North Melbourne!

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Llib's picture

As well as the ugliness of the ramps, I predict traffic congestion at these city exits as the CBD roads have limited capacity to absorb this extra traffic.
From the design of this road it is clearly a first stage for the East West link I am sure this project will be revived again as there is no way 12 lanes of traffic can properly disperse through the city and the citylink tunnels.

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Just before anyone has a cow over the damaging effects of the city exit, keep in mind that the city exit of Citilink along Batman Ave to Exhibition Street has hardly been the disaster for CBD traffic it was predicted to be. Tolls discourage use, especially where most vehicles that are not trucks will continue to have the free Westgate as an option.

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Llib's picture

Not having a cow whatever that means, I believe road projects are just as important as PT projects. It really is a question of priorities. In my opinion the NE link should be a higher priority over the western distributor as it will disperse truck and suburban car traffic around the city rather than funnelling traffic into it. Speaking of tolls couldn't you avoid the need for a second river crossing just by tolling the Westgate fwy (at least in peak hours) and suppressing demand.

The Western Distributor should be delayed by 10 years coordinated with the East West link and then you would have more even tolling across the road network.

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...just making the point that there's a lot of commentary bordering on hysteria (not necessarily here but media reports, comments, etc) about the effects of the proposed city exit. But we have a perfect functioning example of how a tolled freeway exit in the opposite corner of the CBD isn't as bad as that hysteria would suggest.

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Definitely (fake) greeny leftists are hysterical against any sort of road projects especially near the CBD and inner city areas however they seem to have forgotten about delivery, trade, taxi and rideshare vehicles that need to service the CBD and inner city.
My proposals would be more hysterical as we should have a CBD congestion charge similar to London's as well as tolls on the Westgate fwy, Eastern fwy and extend the tolls of the Monash out to Eastlink. Additionally we should eliminate all free parking within 10 kilometres of city streets including the wasteful residents permit parking system. Even the fake greeny leftists would oppose these ideas as they would state it hurts low income people although the real reason would really be to protect their own inner city parking spaces.

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http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/melbourne-city-council-set-to-oppose-5...

Melbourne City Council set to oppose $5.5 billion Western Distributor toll road

July 14 2016 Clay Lucas

An artist's impression of the government's preferred route for Transurban's Western Distributor project.

Melbourne City Council is set to formally oppose the Western Distributor toll road plan, which will direct traffic into the city via two new freeway off-ramps in Docklands and North Melbourne.

Greens councillor Cathy Oke will next week put a motion before the council condemning the road, saying it would "significantly increase congestion on inner city streets".

It is not yet clear if a majority of Cr Oke's colleagues will support condemning the road plan, a joint project between Transurban and the Andrews government. 

Cr Oke's motion said the council needed to oppose the $5.5 billion road plan because it contradicted many Melbourne City Council policies.

These included reducing traffic through the municipality, and increasing walking and cycling between Docklands and the city's north - where cars would leave Transurban's tollroad network via two new exit ramps, on Wurundjeri Way in Docklands and at Spencer Street in North Melbourne.

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http://www.premier.vic.gov.au/western-distributor-guarantees-local-jobs-...

Western Distributor Guarantees Local Jobs And Skills

10 August 2016

The Andrews Labor Government is supporting Victorian businesses and jobs with a minimum local content requirement for the construction of Melbourne’s much needed second river crossing.

Minister for Roads Luke Donnellan today announced that the Western Distributor Project will have a minimum of 89 per cent local content.

This will include the design and construction of the tunnel, road works and elevated structures.

The project will also require 82 per cent local content in the supply and installation of the electronic Lane Use Management System, and constructors will be required to maximise the use of local steel.

Young Victorians will get more opportunities for local jobs with at least 10 percent of the hours worked on the project to be provided by Victorian apprentices, trainees or engineering cadets.

Victorian businesses big and small are encouraged to register their interest to benefit from the significant boost to the Victorian economy.

Suppliers will be able to register their interest on the Industry Capability Network (ICN)’s website, at westerndistributor.icn.org.au

Under the Victorian Industry Participation Policy, projects worth over $50 million have a minimum local content requirement to help boost industry and jobs.

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Martin Mankowski's picture

Great news that there will be a truck ban enforced. And that we will get lots of new cycling infrastructure. But did we really need to spend $5 billion on a new freeway to achieve it? Wouldnt the Westgate Distributor done that at a much smaller cost?

 

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-04-02/trucks-to-be-banned-in-melbournes-...

Western Distributor: Truck ban to be enforced in Melbourne's inner west when road project opens

Updated yesterday at 3:37pm

Trucks will be banned from using key suburban streets in Melbourne's inner west when the Western Distributor road project opens in five years, the State Government says.

The ban will apply to Frances Street and Somerville Road in Yarraville, and Buckley Street and Moore Street in Footscray when the $5.5 billion project is expected to be completed in 2022.

Local Labor MP Wade Noonan said residents had been frustrated by trucks using suburban roads and worried about their families' safety and health.

"Some 5,000 trucks a day use a section of Frances Street to access the port," he said.

"I know residents in the inner west will understand the magnitude of this decision, which will totally transform the local community and obviously make for a much safer community as well, so it's a very positive outcome for them."

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http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/environmental-effects-of-transurbans-5...

Environmental effects of Transurban's $5.5 billion tollway through west revealed

MAY 29 2017 - 12:58PM Clay Lucas

The proposed vent stack and exit ramp in Yarraville to be built as part of the West Gate Tunnel.  Photo: Western Distributor Authority

Thousands of pages of reports on the environmental effects of the Andrews government's West Gate Tunnel project have been released.

Roads Minister Luke Donnellan announced the release of the Environment Effects Statement in Yarraville on Monday morning.

The West Gate Tunnel, originally known as the Western Distributor, is a proposed 5km tollway to link the West Gate Freeway at Yarraville with CityLink at Docklands.

The $5.5 billion tollway will have at least two city off-ramps into West and North Melbourne.

The public will have 30 working days to respond to the expected effect of the massive road project. The reports to be released by Transurban and the government on Monday will contain an estimated 10,000 pages of information.

Two custom-made tunnel boring machines will be used to build the tunnel, shifting more than 1.5 million cubic metres of rock and soil – some of it badly contaminated.

The government has also committed to planting more than 17,000 trees as part of the project, including 4000 mature trees, replacing those that need to be removed at a ratio of more than three to one.

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http://www.premier.vic.gov.au/have-your-say-on-the-west-gate-tunnel/

Have Your Say On The West Gate Tunnel

29 May 2017

An Environment Effects Statement (EES) for the West Gate Tunnel Project has been released today, giving residents throughout the west  a chance to have their say.

The Andrews Labor Government’s West Gate Tunnel will slash travel times, take trucks off residential streets and create 6,000 new jobs.

The 10,000 page EES comprehensively assesses the environmental effects and benefits of the project which includes:

• Taking more than 9,000 trucks per day off residential streets in the inner west, as up to 67,000 vehicles use the new tunnels every day as an alternative to the West Gate Bridge

• Cutting travel times by up to 20 minutes between Melbourne and the western suburbs, Geelong and Ballarat

• Planting more than 17,000 trees including 4000 mature trees, replacing trees that need to be removed at a ratio of more than 3:1

• Protecting the health of the community with the report finding that there will be no measurable change in the health of the community associated with the project.

Two custom-made Tunnel Boring Machines will be used to build the tunnel, shifting more than 1.5 million cubic metres of rock and soil.

Innovative construction methods will minimise disruptions on the West Gate Freeway and Footscray Road, maintaining all lanes during peak periods throughout construction.

The EES, EPA Works Approval application and draft Planning Scheme Amendment will be on public exhibition and open to comment until Monday 10 July.

Local residents and businesses can view the full EES at www.westgatetunnelproject.vic.gov.au/ees and it is on display at 14 locations across the western suburbs, Geelong and Ballarat.

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Footscray Road elevated freeway. Artist's impression. Photo: Western Distributor Authority

Spaghetti junction, West Melbourne. Artist's impression. Image: Western Distributor Authority

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Grampians's picture

Totally vote for you on all these points
I would further add the prospect of removing a significant proportion of on street parking, over say a ten year period until there is virtually none

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Alastair Taylor's picture

E-Gate's going to be interesting. A lot of it either surrounded or diced up with elevated roadways designed for higher-speeds.

Own goal re: ongoing redevelopment/expansion of the inner-city?

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Martin Mankowski's picture

Agreed. Surely the E Gate dream is more or less dead now? I don't see how they could build an Arden type urban precinct with a Spaghetti Junction right smack in its heart. This is a tragedy for what is currently the 2nd most important urban infill area in Melbourne behind FB. Hopefully this means Arden and Dynon will now develop more quickly?

And speaking of the spaghetti junction, what a disaster this traffic sewer will be. Having a freeway end right in the city is always going to end in tears - haven't we learnt anything from the Eastern Freeway/Hoddle St debacle?

I suppose this is what happens when you let the tail wag the dog with 'Industry led proposals'.

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The bulk of the junction is outside the E-Gate area, on the other side of Moonee Ponds Creek. It's the new connections to Dynon Rd and Wurundjeri Way that are within the original E-Gate project boundary.

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http://www.premier.vic.gov.au/getting-on-with-the-west-gate-tunnel-publi...

Getting On With The West Gate Tunnel – Public Hearings Begin

14 August 2017

A comprehensive, independent inquiry into the West Gate Tunnel gets underway today, giving community a chance to have their say on the congestion busting project.

The West Gate Tunnel Inquiry and Advisory Committee will spend the next six weeks hearing submissions from experts, engineers, councils, community groups, kindergartens, sporting clubs and local residents, looking at every aspect of the project.

The 10,000 page Environment Effects Statement (EES) released earlier this year shows the Tunnel will slash travel time, take trucks off residential streets and create 6,000 jobs.

It shows that Victoria needs an alternative to the West Gate Bridge, which already carries 200,000 vehicles every day. In less than 15 years that number will soar to 250,000.

By 2031, the impact of an overstretched bridge will be felt right along the M1 corridor, from Geelong to Pakenham. Without an alternative to the bridge, Melbourne will grind to a halt.

Traffic modelling shows that the tunnel will produce travel time savings of up to 20 minutes between Melbourne and the western suburbs, Geelong and Ballarat.

With the state’s freight task expected to treble to eight million containers a year, industry desperately needs a dedicated route to the port to get trucks off residential streets in the inner west.

The EES also details a Victorian first Human Health Impacts Assessment that found that there will be no measurable change in the health of the community associated with the project.

The hearings are open to the public and will be held at the Footscray Community Arts Centre from today until September 19.

Major Construction will start early next year and will be complete in 2022.

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A comprehensive, independent inquiry into the West Gate Tunnel gets underway today, giving community a chance to have their say on the congestion busting project.
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Major Construction will start early next year and will be complete in 2022.

What a waste of time.

The Labor Government will not sign contracts before the election – giving the Victorian community their say on this vital project without binding future governments.

Oh, sorry that just applies to the north east link and not this project, which has morphed from a simple truck bypass to a massive construction project dreamed up by Transurban to increase traffic and capture more toll revenue.

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The North East Link was a jump-the-gun type scenario as well - as soon as the Libs announced they'd go for it, the government followed.

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Yep - 'me too' politics at its worst. Unfortunately, thats the nature of politics here atm - the opportunity cost of not building it (ie my political opponents have promised it and we havent) far outweighs the cost of building it, even though the benefits range from negligible (NE link) to outright negative (West gate tunnel).

Until we give both Infrastucture Vic and Infrastructure Aus some real power over the projects to be built, this is gonna continue to be the norm.

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