VTA urges caution at inner Melbourne intersection


Anderson highlights need for improved safety of pedestrians and drivers at busy crossing

VTA urges caution at inner Melbourne intersection
City Road and the Southgate intersection are a key link for heavy vehicles.

 

The Victorian Transport Association (VTA) has issued an advisory to operators urging caution at Melbourne’s Southgate intersection following recent surge in incidents involving heavy vehicles.

The intersection of Power Street and City Road, Southgate has come under the spotlight in recent weeks following a serious accident involving a heavy vehicle and another collision earlier this week.

"This road and intersection are a key link for heavy vehicles, particularly placarded, livestock and other vehicles that are prohibited from using the CityLink tunnels, but need to cross the Yarra River," VTA CEO Peter Anderson says.

"In the wake of these recent incidents the VTA is imploring operators to ensure their drivers take extra care when navigating turns at this intersection so that further accidents do not occur.

"We acknowledge the intersection needs to be improved for the safety of pedestrians, motorists and heavy vehicle drivers, especially because of the level of risk it presents in one of the busiest parts of the city," he adds.

A statement from VTA notes that it is working closely with the Victorian Government and the Department of Transport to identify better solutions for this part of the road network.

"Should drivers have anything to report that could assist in this endeavour, they are encouraged to report it back to the VTA on 03 9646 8590."

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