East West Link tending process begins

The tendering process for Stage One of Melbourne's East West Link has just begun, with Terry Mulder - minister for transport - today (July 18) calling on local and international businesses for Expressions of Interest.

The East West Link promises to be one of the largest infrastructure projects in Victoria's history.

It is hoped that the East West Link will improve cross-city connections, limit drivers' reliance on the M1, improve freight efficiency and reduce traffic congestion.

This means those driving the vehicles in your fleet will enjoy quicker and safer journeys around this bustling metropolis.

Mr Mulder said a reference design for the East West Link was released earlier this week, and it is now in the hands of businesses to come up with innovative solutions that will "help reduce any impacts to the community and its surrounds".

Expressions of Interest will be evaluated using a number of criteria, including design, construction capability and experience, commercial structure and innovation.

"We will be looking for excellence in urban design and sustainability, particularly on tunnelling solutions, to deliver the best possible outcomes for the project’s local communities," explained Mr Mulder.

Stage One of the project is expected to cost between $6 and $8 billion. Construction will commence in late 2014.

Any and all road improvements will always be welcome to the astute fleet manager, and the East West Link promises to be a major one.

According to the Linking Melbourne Authority, Melburnians will make approximately 19 million trips around the city each and every day over the next 20 years. Almost 14 million, or 74 per cent, of these trips will be made in a vehicle.

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