West Gate Tunnel project

West Gate Tunnel project


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.  

EPA’s role

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.

When the works approval application is received by EPA, the it will be advertised in print and on our website. The advertisement will include details for public participation, including how to make a submission on the works approval application.

WDA is now seeking public comment on the environment effects statement (EES), the draft planning scheme amendment and the works approval application between 29 May 2017 and 10 July 2017 (by 5pm).

Comments on the works approval are to be made as a submission on the EES, even they relate only to the works approval aspects.

All works approval submissions must be made through the EES submission process, via the Planning Panels Victoria website.

Further information

For further information on upcoming community information sessions about the project, to view the documents and to learn more about how to make a submission, please visit: www.westgatetunnelproject.vic.gov.au/EES  

Page last updated on 30 May 2017