The West Gate Tunnel Project
The West Gate Tunnel Project is delivering more than a tunnel.
By creating a dedicated route to the port, trucks will no longer have to rely on local roads. Once the project is completed in 2022, 24/7 truck bans for Francis Street and Somerville Road in Yarraville, and Moore Street and Buckley Street in Footscray, will improve safety, reduce noise and greatly improve air quality for local families.
More than 14km of new and upgraded cycling and walking paths will make it easier and safer for cyclists and pedestrians to get around. The Federation Trail cycling path will be completed, upgraded and extended. The missing link between Williamstown Road and Hyde Street in Yarraville will be completed, the bitumen section between Millers and Geelong Roads will be rebuilt, and a new connection to Spotswood Railway Station will be created.
Locals will also have access to almost 9 hectares of new and upgraded parks and wetlands, including a new 3-hectare park on industrial land in Altona North.
Spotswood sporting clubs will have access to a new shared pavilion in the Donald McLean Reserve and will get, for the first time, new noise walls along its boundary.
In total, 6,000 new jobs will be created during the project, including 500 apprentices, up to 150 jobs for former auto workers, and around 400 jobs in Melbourne’s west.
The project is now being assessed through an Environment Effects Statement (EES), which will be exhibited from 29 May 2017 and open to public submissions. You can review the EES online at westgatetunnelproject.vic.gov.au/ees/. Submissions close 5pm Monday 10 July 2017.