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 M1 congestion, provide an alternative river crossing to the 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), expected completion is 2025.

The WGTP includes:

  • upgrade / 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 and latest news and disruptions

For the latest updates and detour route information visit West Gate Tunnel Disruptions Page

You can subscribe to WGTP get weekly updates email or facebook 

There are Major Summer Works in early 2023

Please note: These can change due to weather.

Williamstown Road

  • Westbound entry ramp and one lane westbound will be closed for 24/7 until Monday 27 February
  • Inbound entry ramp to the West Gate Freeway closed nightly from 9pm to 5am.

    Wednesday 25 January

    Monday 30 January – Friday 3 February

    Inbound exit ramp from the West Gate Freeway closed overnight from 9pm to 5am.

    Wednesday 1 – Friday 3 February

    View the Williamstown Road detour maps

Millers Rd

Grieve Parade

  • Outbound exit ramp from the West Gate Freeway closed nightly from 9pm to 5am.

    Monday 30 January – Thursday 2 February

    Thursday 9 February

    Inbound entry ramp to the West Gate Freeway closed overnight from 9pm to 5am.

    Monday 30 January

    View the Grieve Parade detour maps

Changed traffic conditions at the M80 interchange

As WGTP continues to build new ramps and re-build lanes along the West Gate Freeway and at the M80 interchange, traffic needs to be moved onto the new ramps and make room for ongoing works.

This means changes are coming to get on the Princes Freeway and Western Ring Road from the West Gate Freeway from Monday 13 February.

  • Geelong-bound? You'll need to make sure you're in the left-hand lanes to use the new ramp and continue on through to the Princes Freeway, instead of the right-hand lanes.
  • Ballarat/Greensborough-bound? You'll need to be in the right-hand lanes to get onto the Ring Road, instead of the left-hand lanes.

WGTP Thanks you for your patience as these important works are carried out. For more info check out the Big Build Disruptions page.

                              Other WGTP Latest news can be found at:

West Gate Neighbourhood Fund

This is $10 million government fund launched in November 2019 to support inner west communities during Tunnel construction. It prioritises those most affected and ensures that the benefits to the local community start now. 

There have been three rounds of funding and the last Partnership Round will open by mid-2023.

This provides funding for larger projects seeking over $100,000 that:

  • deliver lasting benefits
  • assist organisations to implement community infrastructure and capital equipment programs the improve community connections

More details can be found at Victoria’s Big Build

 

Successful Grants from Round 2

There were 22 successful Round 2 community grants across Hobsons Bay and Maribyrnong with a total value of $499,765. 12 are in Hobsons Bay, totaling $314,072. 

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 2023 series. 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 training room at Altona North Community House (ANCH) - $23,810
  • Friends of Newport Lakes received funds for water quality monitoring equipment & training volunteers to report water quality and a small native flowering program - $22,008
  • All of these grants will be administered by Westgate Neighbourhood Fund and their team will answer all of your queries.  

 

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 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 here

 

 

Community Sports and Open Space Enhancement Program

Following the release of the Minister's assessment, the Victorian Government partnered with HBCC Council to fund capital improvements to its 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.

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

 

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. See more here

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 here

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