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Motorists will cough up about $45 a week if they want to get in and out of the CBD using the West Gate Tunnel once the new road opens.
Drivers coming from the western suburbs and Geelong face a toll of about $5.64 if they use the new road to get to work between 7am and 9am on weekdays.
Outside of the morning rush — including to get home in the evening — they will pay about $3.52 per trip.
The Herald Sun can reveal the size of the West Gate Tunnel tolls, based on a sweetheart deal with toll road giant Transurban that passed through state Parliament earlier this year.
The West Gate Tunnel will cost about $45 a week to use once its opens. Picture: SuppliedTransurban is tipped to rake in $217 million in toll revenue from the long-awaited second river crossing in the year after it opens in 2022, and also has a generous tolling extension on its main cash cow CityLink.
Tolls for the road were first published in the West Gate Tunnel project agreement in 2015, with a minimum fee of $2.75 and a peak hour city access charge of $4.40.
However, the Herald Sun can reveal that those tolls were subject to quarterly price hikes right up until the time the road opens.
Under the terms of the deal, prices climb by 4.25 per cent a year until 2029, and in line with inflation after that.
This means by the time the tunnel is ready to be driven through at the end of 2022, fees for using the road off-peak will soar to $3.52, and $5.64 during the morning peak.
The increases are linked to CityLink toll hikes, meaning motorists using the West Gate Tunnel will pay the same amount as those crossing the Bolte Bridge.
This is to ensure drivers aren’t choosing between the two toll routes based on price, but by which has the best traffic flow.
This article first appeared on www.heraldsun.com.au
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