MEMBERS STATEMENT | WEST GATE TUNNEL PROJECT

Mr MELHEM (Western Metropolitan): Yesterday I had the pleasure of attending, along with the Minister for Roads and Road Safety, the Honourable Luke Donnellan, the launch of the West Gate Freeway widening project. From yesterday drivers will notice changes on the West Gate Freeway as workers establish a construction site that will allow the city-bound tunnel entrance to be built without closing lanes on the freeway during peak times. Workers also will be installing traffic barriers and changing the line markings to prepare for the moving of the inbound exit at Williamstown Road further north to make space for the tunnel entrance. As part of the West Gate tunnel project, the West Gate Freeway will be widened from eight to 12 lanes from Williamstown Road to the M80 ring-road to make sure that people will be able to travel more smoothly and safely. From March more traffic barriers will be progressively rolled out as the freeway widening starts from the Williamstown Road interchange.

Work on the portal for the tunnel commenced about five weeks ago. The Andrews Labor government is actually getting on with the job. In my electorate there are so many infrastructure projects we are delivering for people in the west, unlike the other side — the Liberal Party. The only thing they can do actually is to put forward one revocation motion after another revocation motion. They are basically wanting this state to come to a standstill and go back to the dark ages when they were in power for four years and doing nothing. We are getting on with it.

20 February 2018