West Gate Tunnel Project

About the project

The West Gate Tunnel Project (WGTP) will upgrade / widen the West Gate Freeway and link to CityLink at Docklands via a tunnel beneath Yarraville. It aims to relieve congestion on the M1, provide an alternative river crossing to the West Gate Bridge and move trucks away from inner west homes. Major construction commenced in early 2018 following the Minister for Planning's approval of the Environmental Effects Statement (EES) is expected to be completed in 2025.

The WGTP includes:

  • an upgrade and widening of the West Gate Freeway by two lanes in each direction between Williamstown Road and M80 interchange
  • twin tunnels under Yarraville between the West Gate Freeway and the Maribyrnong River, a 4km-long outbound tunnel and 2.8km-long citybound tunnel
  • ventilation structures at each tunnel exit to remove air from inside the tunnels
  • a new bridge over the Maribyrnong River with twin viaducts above Footscray Road and connections to the Port of Melbourne, CityLink, Dynon Road and extension of Wurundjeri Way to Dynon Road
  • over 14km of new and upgraded cycling and walking paths - including a 2.5km veloway above Footscray Road
  • nearly 9 ha of new community open space including parkland and wetlands and more than 17,000 trees planted
  • better access to the port for trucks, allowing them to avoid taking residential roads
  • 9km of new and improved noise walls
  • two improved, safer pedestrian bridges at Muir Street and Rosala Avenue
  • enhancing waterway environments – new wetlands will be used to treat stormwater and new plantings to rehabilitate creek banks and develop animal habitats
  • landscaping along Maribyrnong River and Kororoit, Stony and Moonee Ponds creeks
  • $10 million in funding to community-led projects and organisations through the West Gate Neighbourhood Fund

WGTP works are well advanced along the West Gate Freeway section including building two new ramps to connect trucks directly to local industry and get them off local roads. The ramp on the northern side of the freeway will provide a new exit ramp for inbound traffic from the West Gate Freeway to a new signalised intersection at Hyde Street. The ramp on the southern side of the freeway will provide a new entry ramp for westbound traffic from a new intersection at Simcock Avenue and Stephen Street through to the West Gate Freeway. 

Traffic Updates

For the latest updates and detour route information visit the West Gate Tunnel Project Page - https://bigbuild.vic.gov.au/disruptions

On road signage will be in place advising of detours and work zone speed limits. Signed work zone speed limits will be enforced. All works mentioned are weather dependent and may change due to inclement weather conditions. On road signage will advise of any changes.

Latest news

The latest news items from WGTP can be found on the following sites:

West Gate Neighbourhood Fund - Grants Round 2

Successful applications for Round 2 Community Grants have been announced with a total of 22 grants across Hobsons Bay and Maribyrnong with a total value of $499,765. Of these, 12 successful applicants are within Hobsons Bay with a total value of $314,072. The next Partnership Round 2 will open in early 2023. 

A brief description of the 12 successful applications within Hobsons Bay follows:

  • The Hobsons Bay Wetlands Centre (HBWC) will hold an Open Day in October 2023 for World Mental Health Day - $20,000
  • Edge to Edge Laverton is Western Edge’s Community Youth Theatre performance series for 2023. Stronger Together - $20,000
  • Rotary Club of Williamstown and Dads of Newport & Newport Scouts will host a 2023 Halloween Party in the Park - $12,436
  • Wynspeak Hobsons Bay 2023 will host a Youth Public Speaking Competition - $2,200
  • Association Islamic Dakwah in Australia will buy four table tennis tables to provide social recreational activity and improve community connectedness - $5,678
  • Altona Miniature Railway will buy new passenger carriages to enable more miniature train rides for the community - $10,000
  • Melbourne City soccer club will provide a Junior Female Football Initiative - $9,500
  • U3A Altona will purchase new classroom equipment, a smart TV and laptop on a mobile stand - $3,940
  • Brooklyn Residents Action Group will install artwork along the Kororoit Creek shared trail - $98,400
  • Friends of Lower Kororoit Creek will revitalise the 1880’s heritage listed unique blue stone bridge - $86,100
  • Williamstown Community and Education Centre (WCEC) will establish a new computer room with computers and desks at Altona North Community House (ANCH) - $23,810
  • Friends of Newport Lakes received funds for water quality monitoring equipment and training volunteers to report water quality to the community and a small native flowering program at Newport Lakes - $22,008

For more information click here.

  • These decisions were made by Westgate Neighbourhood Fund, not Council. If your group was unsuccessful, you can contact Jaye Couper for more information: jaye.couper@wgta.vic.gov.au
  • All of these grants will be administered by Westgate Fund. Recipients should contact Westgate to start discussions to agree on milestone dates and signing new funding deeds.

Offered in 2 components – partnerships and grants, the WGNF allows not-for-profit groups to access funding for projects that bring people together and build community capacity.

The grants stream will support community led projects that improve community access and participation. Not-for-profit community organisations could apply for funding in three categories:

•             Up to $10,000 for a one-off project or activity that aims to improve community connectedness and participation

•             Up to $20,000 for festivals, events, and installations that bring local people together

•             Up to $100,000 for improvements to local community, sporting and recreation facilities, and local environments.

Grant writing workshops and information sessions were held in support of this opportunity.

Guidelines can be found here  https://bigbuild.vic.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0008/692396/West-Gate-Neighbourhood-Fund-Grants-Guidelines-2022.pdf

Community Sports and Open Space Enhancement Program

Following the release of the Minister's assessment, the Victorian Government as a part of the WGTP, agreed to partner with Hobsons Bay City Council to fund the delivery of capital improvements to its sport and recreation reserves and facilities up to the value of $5 million on appropriate projects.

In February 2018, Council endorsed a Sports and Open Space Enhancement and Access Capital Improvement Program for the following areas:

•             Brooklyn

•             Donald McLean Reserve, Spotswood

•             WLJ Crofts Reserve, Altona North


Hobsons Bay Transport Planning Study (HBTPS)

In response to the WGTP and possible transport impacts on Hobsons Bay, the Department of Transport (DoT), in partnership with Council, led the HBTPS to identify transport impacts and issues and to develop a network challenges and opportunities report. In addition, Council has developed Local Area Movement Plans (LAMPs) for Brooklyn, Altona North, Spotswood, South Kingsville and Williamstown North, consistent with the objectives of the HBTPS and Council’s Integrated Transport Plan.


Air Pollution Report

The WGTP provides monthly air quality monitoring reports on the Project website at: http://westgatetunnelproject.vic.gov.au/about/keytopics/tunnel-ventilation-and-air-quality

The Inner West Air Quality Community Reference Group (CRG), established by the Victorian Government as an outcome of the WGTP EES to investigate air pollution in Melbourne’s inner west, has released its report – Air Pollution in Melbourne’s Inner West – Taking direct action to reduce our community’s exposure with 26 recommendations and 65 supporting actions designed to:

  • reduce air pollution from road transport and industry (including the West Gate Tunnel Project)
  • improve the planning framework, government regulation and policy, air quality monitoring and community education

The report can be found at: www.hobsonsbay.vic.gov.au/files/assets/public/documents/council/current-projects/victorian-government-major-projects/20200907-iwaqcrgreportfinal.pdf


Community Liaison Group (CLG)

A CLG has been established by WGTP MTIA as an avenue for community involvement during the construction/delivery phase of the West Gate Tunnel Project to contribute to the WGTP by:

•             encouraging a broad range of community representatives from geographic areas to participate in discussions for the project

•             providing a regular and direct avenue of communication between local communities and the project team to understand what is happening during construction

•             providing a local perspective on the project, particularly in relation to minimising impacts on local communities

•             allowing stakeholders to appreciate each other’s views to the benefit of the project

•             sharing local information, and helping support community engagement activities relating to the project


Further information and local CLG member representatives can be found at https://bigbuild.vic.gov.au/projects/west-gate-tunnel-project/community/community-liasion-groups


WGTP Background Information

The $10 billion project was proposed by Transurban in 2014. The Victorian Government announced in December 2015 it would proceed with the project with planning approval granted in late 2017. The project is delivered through a partnership between the Victorian Government and Transurban (Project Co), managed by the West Gate Tunnel Project – Major Transport Infrastructure Authority (WGTP MTIA) and built by construction contractors CPB Contractors and John Holland as a Joint Venture (JV). The project is expected to be completed in 2025.

The EES for the West Gate Tunnel Project looked at the potential effects of the design, its construction and operation and allowed the community to voice their concerns. Refer to http://westgatetunnelproject.vic.gov.au/library/environment-effects-statement

Formal submissions were invited from the community during a six week consultative period which closed in July 2017. The EES was managed by Victorian Government's Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) and assessed 17 areas including but not limited to transport, air quality, noise, landscape and visual amenity, vibration, business, ecology, social and human health.

A Planning Scheme Amendment came into operation on 7 December 2017, when a notice was published in the Government Gazette. The amendment changes the planning scheme to amend the schedules to Clause 52.03 and Clause 81.01 to insert a new incorporated document titled West Gate Tunnel Project Incorporated Document, December 2017. For further information please contact Council’s Strategic planning Department on 9932 1109.

View Council's endorsed position on WGTP at the following link www.hobsonsbay.vic.gov.au/files/assets/public/documents/council/current-projects/victorian-government-major-projects/160825-council-endorsed-adopted-position-inc-wd-principles-objectives-and-performance-measures-august-2016.pdf

This position document enables Council to advocate on behalf of its community to ensure that the Hobsons Bay community needs are heard and listened to and gives Council a more powerful voice during the design and construction process.

Council has been actively engaged in responding to the detailed plans and designs for WGTP, the Traffic Management Plans and is represented on the Community Liaison Group and the Traffic Management Liaison Group.

Further information on the project can be found at https://bigbuild.vic.gov.au/projects/west-gate-tunnel-project