Work is set to get underway on the Andrews Labor Government’s $1.8 billion upgrade to slash congestion for drivers on eight key arterial routes through Melbourne’s west.
Minister for Roads and Road Safety Luke Donnellan has announced the Netflow consortium has been selected as the preferred tender to build the Western Roads Upgrade.
The Western Roads Upgrade will deliver a combination of road widening, duplications and intersection upgrades that will fix eight congested roads in the western suburbs, including:
- Dunnings Road and Palmers Road, Point Cook Road to Princes Freeway, Point Cook
- Palmers Road, Princes Freeway to Western Freeway, Truganina
- Derrimut Road, Sayers Road to Dohertys Road, Tarneit
- Leakes Road, Fitzgerald Road to Derrimut Road, Truganina
- Dohertys Road, Fitzgerald Road to Grieve Parade, Laverton North
- Dohertys Road Foundation Road to Palmers Road, Truganina
- Forsyth Road/Princes Freeway, Hoppers Crossing
- Duncans Road/Princes Freeway interchange, Werribee/Werribee South
In an Australian-first, the public-private partnership will also extend to road maintenance – ensuring more than 260 kilometres of the existing arterial road network in the western suburbs is maintained over the next two decades.
Works on the Western Roads Upgrade will begin in 2018 and will be completed in stages to minimise disruption to road users, with all eight projects to be completed by 2021.
The Netflow consortium is a Cintra and Plenary joint venture – as project sponsor, with WBHO Infrastructure as design and construction lead, and Ferrovial Services companies as services contractor.
Quote attributable to Minister for Roads and Road Safety Luke Donnellan
“We’re investing in the suburban roads that people rely on every day – tackling congestion and helping people get where they need to be.”
Quote attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas
“The west is booming, growing faster than almost any other part of Australia – that’s why we’re investing in these critical upgrades to keep our community and our economy moving.”
Quote attributable to Member for Altona Jill Hennessy
“Desperately needed investment for roads is long overdue – this innovative partnership will make sure that we get the arterial roads that people in the west deserve.”
Quote attributable to the Member for Tarneit Telmo Languiller
“The Western Roads Upgrade will transform eight of our most important arterials and make sure that a whole road network is looked after for the next 20 years.”