The Victorian Government has announced that it has awarded the contract to build the $6.7 billion West Gate Tunnel to a CPB Contractors-John Holland JV.
This decision will allow construction to begin next month.
Along with these contracts, it has been announced that the West Gate Tunnel project has been amended to double the length of tunnelling, which is expected to improve traffic flows.
The CPB Contractors - John Holland JV will be a 50:50 partnership and the companies will share design and construction responsibilities.
“The time for talking is over – this project will deliver a long-overdue alternative to the West Gate Bridge, create thousands of jobs and construction starts next month,” said Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews.
CIMIC Group CEO Michael Wright spoke about this significant project ““We are the largest tunnelling contractor in Australia, with considerable experience in creating transforming infrastructure such as the West Gate Tunnel.”
“We are privileged to be working with Transurban and the Victorian Government to deliver this exciting project that is so integral to the State’s vision for sustainable roads systems, and so vitally important for its people and communities.”
John Holland CEO Joe Barr also spoke about the benefits this project will bring to the people of Melbourne.
“In providing an alternative route to the West Gate Bridge and direct access to the port, the project will significantly decrease traffic congestion, improve productivity, remove numerous trucks from local roads and reduce travel times for motorists,” said Mr Barr.
Design and construction works include widening the West Gate Freeway from eight lanes to 12 between the M80 Ring Road and Williamstown Road, as well as building a 2.8km eastbound tunnel and 4km westbound tunnel under Yarraville, a new bridge over the Maribyrnong River providing an alternative to the West Gate Bridge, an elevated road along Footscray Road to the Port of Melbourne, CityLink and the city’s north, and major new cycling and pedestrian paths.