Transurban Group (ASX: TCL) today announces that it has signed an agreement with the Victorian Government to deliver the CityLink Tulla Widening project.
The CityLink Tulla Widening will add additional lanes to the Tullamarine Freeway from Melrose Drivein the north, along CityLink to the Bolte Bridge. Additional lanes will also be added to the West Gate Freeway eastbound between the Bolte Bridge and Power Street.
Transurban Chief Executive Officer Scott Charlton said the project would transform this part of the Melbourne network and alleviate significant pressure points.
“It will boost capacity by 30 per cent along the Western Link corridor of CityLink, improve safety and upgrade a number of key interchanges including the Bolte Bridge/West Gate Freeway and Bell Street/Tullamarine Freewa,” Mr Charlton said.
“The extra lane capacity will support the rapidly growing suburbs in Melbourne’s north and west as well as improve travel time reliability for the 150,000 vehicles using CityLink’s western link every day including 14,000 freight vehicles that rely on the Tullamarine Freeway to access the Melbourne Port, Melbourne Airport and other Victorian and interstate freeways.”
Transurban has been working closely with the Victorian Government to ensure traffic disruption will be minimised during construction for both the CityLink Tulla Widening and the East West Link interface
Works impacting lane availability will be undertaken outside peak times and there are agreed fees payable by the contractors where both planned and unplanned impacts occur outside agreed times.
“We have aligned the timing of works for both projects so that disruption is limited to a s small a period of time as practically possible ,’’ Mr Charlton said. “While there will be some disruption, we believe these measures will limit traffic impacts.”
Major construction on the CityLink Tulla Widening project and the East West Link/CityLink interface works areexpected to start in October 2015, with the CityLink Tulla widening finished in early 2018 and the interface works shortly after.
In recognition of the anticipated impacts of these works there will be no quarterly toll increases for cars, motorcycles and Light Commercial Vehicles on the whole of CityLink for a two – year period while most con struction impacts occur, Mr Charlton said. The tolls will then step back up to their normal levels over a further two – year period.
Transurban also announces that Thiess has been selected as the preferred design and construction contractor to enter into final negotiations to deliver the two sections managed by Transurban: Bulla