Victorian businesses, both big and small, have been called on to join the team to build the West Gate Tunnel Project.
The Tunnel Project will slash congestion along the M1 from Pakenham to Geelong, giving drivers a vital alternative to the West Gate Bridge. More than 110,000 tonnes of steel, 92% of it Australian, will be used to build the two underground tunnels, bridges and other infrastructure.
Construction will start in early 2018, with the project expected to use 93% local content, creating more than 6000 jobs. These will include design and construction, logistics, catering, nursery workers and landscapers, and suppliers of concrete and steel.
Information sessions for businesses wanting to get involved in the supply of materials and services for the project began in Melbourne at the end of October, before moving to regional Victoria.
“We want Victorian businesses to benefit from the extra jobs and skills created by the construction of the West Gate Tunnel Project,” said Minister for Roads Luke Donnellan.
Another major transport project, the Metro Tunnel, is to free up space in the City Loop to run more trains, more often. The $11 billion Project will create nearly 7,000 local jobs and will be completed in 2026.
An international search is underway for a supplier to build the four massive Tunnel Boring Machines (TBM) needed for the project. It will take up to 18 months to build the machines before they’re tested and shipped in segments to Melbourne. Each TBM will include offices, kitchens and toilets, and be operated around the clock from 2019 by a crew of around 15 people.
The Government is also investing $1.8 billion in an upgrade of eight key arterial routes through Melbourne’s west. Works will begin in 2018 and be completed in stages to minimise disruption to road users, with all eight projects to be completed by 2021.