Two tunnel boring machines – 90 metres long, 15.6 metres in diameter and weighing 4000 tonnes each, have been selected to build Melbourne’s $6.7 billion West Gate Tunnel.
The successful contractor will commence construction on the project next month, now expected to cost $6.7 billion – about $1.2 billion above its original estimated cost, with the Victorian Government finalising contracts on the project this week.
The West Gate Tunnel Project could worsen Melbourne’s traffic congestion, increase car dependency and should be rolled back, according to a new report from leading planning academics.
Australia’s first regular measurement of actual road network performance using anonymised and aggregated Uber data reveals the country’s best performing road corridor and areas with the worst traffic delays.
Victorian Minister for Planning Richard Wynne has signed off on the Environmental Effects Statement for Melbourne’s West Gate Tunnel, making a number of recommendations for the landmark project.
The various funds for Victorian infrastructure, as a response to rapid population growth, are quickly shaping the state’s future.