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Three shortlisted for $5.5bn Melbourne tunnel

23 Jun 16 Three teams of major contractors have been shortlisted to design and build a AU$5.5bn (£2.8bn) road tunnel project in Melbourne, Australia.

The three are John Holland and CPB Contractors; Lend Lease Engineering and Bouygues Construction; and Salini Impreglio, Fluor Australia and Lane Worldwide Infrastructure. Five teams had been interested in the project (link opens in new tab).

Minister for roads and road safety Luke Donnellan said: “We have a world-class field of tenderers and we want their expertise to create the best solution for the local community and the 200,000 motorists that use the West Gate Freeway every day.”

The Western Distributor will provide a second river crossing as an alternative to the West Gate Bridge and cut travel time from Geelong by 20 minutes. The teams will now prepare fully costed designs for the Western Distributor, which includes the widening of the West Gate Freeway, a tunnel under Yarraville, the second river crossing, and connections to the port, CityLink service and the city.

A reference design is being developed which will take into account feedback from extensive consultation with local government, local residents and businesses and the freight industry. The reference design and any innovative solutions developed by tenderers will be assessed through the environmental effects statement process.

The aim is for the contract to be signed by late 2017, with construction starting soon after for completion in 2022.

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