VicRoads seeks feedback on truck survey

By: Ruza Zivkusic-Aftasi


Industry urged to provide feedback to a draft truck survey in Melbourne’s west by the end of July.

VicRoads seeks feedback on truck survey
A large number of trucks use inner-west residential streets to travel to and from the Port of Melbourne.

 

The Inner West Truck Survey report released last month is open for community response.

Established by VicRoads, Maribyrnong City Council, the Environment Protection Authority and the Victorian Department of Health, the survey is aimed at finding ways of better managing roads and traffic flow and reducing truck braking and acceleration in residential streets.

VicRoads regional director for metro north west Patricia Liew says a working group was established last year to work with the community and industry on addressing truck concerns.

"Since the formation of the working group in late 2013, the Victorian Government has committed funding for the western section of the East West Link and the Port Rail Shuttle," Liew says.

"It is expected both of these projects will have significant impact on truck movements in the inner west and change the landscape of how trucks and vehicles enter and exit the broader western suburbs.

"The Truck in the Inner West working group will be looking at short term options that will compliment and capitalise on these two projects into the future."

One of the short term options is to investigate an expansion of curfews across the road network, including Somerville Road and Moore Street.

"The investigation will consider alternative routes for trucks displaced by these curfews and must take into account the potential impact a new curfew may have on the adjacent area," Liew says.

Other possibilities to be investigated are the use of automatic cameras to support enforcement of truck curfews, curfew enforcement blitzes, reduced speed and greater use of high productivity vehicles.

Draft results will be presented at a community meeting in September.

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