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The Premier has threatened to rethink Transurban's 10-year CityLink tolling extension deal in a dramatic escalation of the dispute over contaminated soil that has derailed the government's West Gate Tunnel project.
It comes a day after the project's joint-venture builders - CPB Contractors and John Holland - gave an ultimatum to tolling giant Transurban: pay them more to deal with contaminated soil at the site of the major road project or they will tear up the contract and walk away.
Premier Daniel Andrews has warned the government would renegotiate Transurban's deal to toll drivers on CityLink for another 10 years given the "silly games" at play that are delaying the flagship road project.
Works already under way on the West Gate Tunnel in Yarraville.CREDIT: MEREDITH O'SHEA
The construction companies are claiming that issues around soil contaminated with PFAS - chemicals linked to a range of illness that led to the shutdown of the CFA training college in Fiskville - are proving extremely difficult to manage.
They have been arguing for months with Transurban and the state government over who is responsible for storing, treating and dumping the contaminated soil.
This article first appeared on www.theage.com.au
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