Community Forum: West Gate Tunnel Tollway Will It Slow You Down?
Western Region Environment Centre presents West Gate Tunnel Tollway Will It Slow You Down?
Hear about the impact of West Gate Project on the outer west from speakers with interests in social justice and expertise in public transport planning. Does this project solve congestion on our roads? Will it cut commute times to Melbourne? What will it cost in tolls and who pays the most? What are the costs along the corridor?
Are their benefits and do they outweigh the costs? Are roads the only solution to moving people and freight cost effectively and quickly? Now that the Environmental Effect Statement with 17 technical studies has been released the claims made by the proponents of this project Transurban and the Victorian Government can be publicly tested. Hear how you can have your say.
Venue: Central Park Community Centre, 80 Lonsdale Circuit, Hoppers Crossing
Time: 6.30 – 9.30pm, Monday 3rd July 2017
- Colleen Hartland, MLC Western Region
- Denis Nelthorpe, West Justice Community Legal Centre
- William McDougall, Transport planning
- Ian Woodcock, Public transport in outer west
Rosa McKenna 0418 403 303, Spotswood South Kingsville Residents Group
Gerry McLoughlin 0409 246 727, Inner Melbourne Planning Alliance Inc. (IMPA)
Air is free, but more pollution from West Gate Tunnel is deadly
You can help Spotswood South Kingsville Residents Group push for the highest air quality standards possible for Melbourne’s inner west in their submission to the Environment Effects Statement (EES) for the West Gate Tunnel project.
A little bit of context
Spotswood and South Kingville is a small community in Hobsons Bay in the inner west of Melbourne. We already live with increasing noise and pollution from the West Gate Freeway which carries approximately 200,000 vehicles per day including 30,000 trucks.
In 2014, the Andrews Government won government in Victoria with a mandate to implement and fund the West Gate Distributor project, a relatively small proposal to resolve freight issues and take trucks off residential streets.
Fast forward to 2016, and the Victorian Government has agreed to partner with Transurban, a private tolling company who will receive tolls from the new roads in return for funding a much bigger project, the West Gate Tunnel project (the Project). The Project is now subject to an EES where its assumptions and benefits will be scrutinised by all interested parties. Final approval from the Minister for Planning and the Victorian Parliament is required through this process. Construction is due to start early 2018 and end in 2022.
But there’s a problem
We are concerned the air quality standards outlined by the Project will not sufficiently safeguard our community.
Vehicle emissions and air quality standards in Australia do not meet international standards. The Australian truck fleet using the West Gate Tunnel Project’s truck ramps, freeways and tunnel is aged and a very large proportion are not even compliant with Australia’s poor standards, (Euro V), hence they are likely to be a very significant emitters of diesel particulate matter. Diesel exhaust has been classified as carcinogenic to humans.
West Gate Tunnel EES released for public comment
Thirty days, yes, thirty short days to respond to 10,000 pages of the West Gate Tunnel Environmental Effects Statement!
From Colleen Hartland, MP: thetollroadwontwork.org.au
The West Gate Tunnel Environmental Effects Statement was released on 29 May 2017, and the government is giving the community until 10 July to respond. There are literally thousands of pages of documents, and we are working hard to summarise these for you!
It’s really important that the community has their say on this toll road which will have a dramatic impact on our neighbourhood. You don’t need to be an expert and it doesn’t have to be long. We’ll be putting the summarised documents up on the site soon.