CPB Contractors to construct West Gate Tunnel in Victoria


CPB Contractors, a CIMIC Group company, has secured a multibillion dollar contract to deliver the West Gate Tunnel in Victoria, Australia.

Transurban and the State Government of Victoria selected CPB Contractors as the preferred contractor for the project in April 2017, in an equal stake joint venture with John Holland.

The contract will generate $2.49bn revenue to CPB Contractors.

Major construction work under the design and construct contract is expected to begin in 2018. The project is scheduled to open to traffic in 2022.

The West Gate Tunnel project, one of the largest urban road projects in Victoria, will form an alternative to the West Gate Bridge, provide quicker and safer journeys, and get thousands of trucks off residential streets.

The work includes widening of the West Gate Freeway from eight lanes to 12 between the M80 Ring Road and Williamstown Road; a 2.8km eastbound tunnel and 4km westbound tunnel under Yarraville; a new bridge over the Maribyrnong river; an elevated road along Footscray Road to the Port of Melbourne, CityLink and the city’s north; and major new cycling and pedestrian paths.

CIMIC Group CEO Michael Wright said: “Delivering complex roads and transport projects are core capabilities for CIMIC and CPB Contractors. We are the largest tunnelling contractor in Australia, with considerable experience in creating transforming infrastructure such as the West Gate Tunnel.

“We are privileged to be working with Transurban and the Victorian government to deliver this exciting project that is so integral to the State’s vision for sustainable roads systems, and so vitally important for its people and communities.”

CPB Contractors managing director Juan Santamaria said: “With many decades of roads and tunnelling experience in Australia, our capabilities will ensure minimal disruption, a safe and effective works programme, and certainty of delivery for our client.

“We are focused on ensuring opportunities for local workers, and providing a value for money procurement programme that includes Indigenous business and social enterprises to achieve broader community benefits.”

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