Maribyrnong tries to get trucks off its street

A council in Melbourne's western suburbs is trying to encourage truck drivers to avoid using its roads

By Ruza Zivkusic | June 24, 2011

A council in Melbourne’s western suburbs is trying to encourage truck drivers to avoid using its roads in a bid to reduce heavy vehicle numbers.

Maribyrnong City Council says it is working with the Victorian Department of Transport to convince drivers to use Citylink and the West Gate Freeway instead of roads running through Footscray and Yarraville.

Maribyrnong, which is closely located to Melbourne’s central business district and the Port of Melbourne, attracts up to 20,000 trucks a day. They vary from light rigid trucks to B-doubles and put pressure on the roads and pollute the environment, the council says.

"The activities and predicted future traffic growth to and from the Port of Melbourne will potentially have a major impact on the City of Maribyrnong," it says.

"Council supports the reduction in truck traffic through its residential streets as this will improve the health and well-being of residents and the environment. Local community action groups like Maribyrnong Truck Action Group are also actively seeking reductions of truck traffic on residential streets."

The council will continue to work on the development of a freight movement network using the primary arterial and freeway road network, it adds.

It says a trial of ‘No trucks’ signs on four of its residential streets for one week in April 2007 led to a 77 percent drop in the number of semi-trailers.

"The results show that the ‘No trucks’ signage has been very effective in reducing large trucks from the CBD area. VicRoads has been requested to undertake follow-up monitoring and enforcement of the restrictions," it says.

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