The West Gate Tunnel project is a major road, tunnel and bridge project currently undertaking an environment effects statement (EES) assessment process.
The project has three key components:
- widening of the West Gate Freeway
- a new road tunnel under Yarraville
- connections to the Port of Melbourne, CityLink and the CBD.
A bridge over the Maribyrnong River will provide an alternative river crossing to the West Gate Bridge.
The Western Distributor Authority (WDA) is responsible for the management of the project on behalf of the Victorian Government and in partnership with Transurban. This includes planning and development, stakeholder engagement, procurement, through to construction and delivery.
The West Gate Tunnel project triggers requirements for key approval applications, including an EPA works approval. Works approvals are issued by EPA under the Environment Protection Act 1970.
The works approval application has been submitted to EPA by the Western Distributor Authority (WDA). The application seeks approval to construct and install tunnel ventilation systems associated with twin tunnels catering for three traffic lanes in both directions. Each tunnel would include ventilation structures located in close proximity to the tunnel exit portals.
The period for public comment on the environment effects statement (EES), the draft planning scheme amendment and the works approval application was held between 29 May 2017 and 10 July 2017.
EPA participated in the public comment period by making a submission the West Gate Tunnel Project environment effects statement.
EPA’s submission can be read here: WGTP EES EPA Submission (10 July 2017)
The appendices to the submission are available here:
For further information on upcoming community information sessions about the project, to view the documents and to learn more about the environment effects statement assessment process, please visit: www.westgatetunnelproject.vic.gov.au/EES