VTA wel­comes West Gate Tun­nel use in­cen­tives

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The Vic­to­rian gov­ern­ment has an­nounced that it will of­fer nan­cial in­cen­tives to freight op­er­a­tors who use the pro­posed West Gate Tun­nel.

These in­cen­tives will in­clude dis­counted shut­tle rates, max­i­mum daily toll cap for trucks mak­ing mul­ti­ple trips through the tun­nel, and night-time dis­counts.

The Vic­to­rian Trans­port As­so­ci­a­tion ( VTA) says en­cour­ag­ing heavy ve­hi­cles to use the pro­posed tun­nel will cre­ate pro­duc­tiv­ity im­prove­ments for op­er­a­tors and amenity gains for res­i­dents of Mel­bourne’s in­ner west.

The news comes with state roads min­is­ter Luke Don­nel­lan’s an­nounce­ment of two ad­di­tional truck bans that will come into play when the West Gate Tun­nel opens in 2022.

“The trans­port in­dus­try has been hit with sub­stan­tial in­creases to tolls and in­fra­struc­ture costs at the Port of Mel­bourne this year, so it is en­cour­ag­ing that steps are be­ing taken by the gov­ern­ment to en­sure heavy ve­hi­cle op­er­a­tors are not pe­nalised for us­ing toll roads,” VTA CEO Peter An­der­son says.

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