Horsham eyes truck through-traffic options

Council eyes route options short of a Western Highway bypass

Horsham eyes truck through-traffic options
A truck route around the town centre is sought


Work is about to start on a feasibility study to determine whether heavy vehicle traffic could be directed outside of central Horsham, Horsham Rural City Council (HRCC) reports.

The western Victorian council has committed $100,000 in its current budget to work with the state Department of Transport (DoT) as part of its bid to reduce the number of trucks travelling through the city.

A Western Highway bypass in not on the agenda, rather what options are achievable for alternative truck routes around Horsham.

"Along with the Western Highway, many heavy vehicles are entering Horsham’s streets via the Wimmera and Henty highways and this provides challenges for both the trucking industry and our residents," HRCC CEO Sunil Bhalla said.

"This study is about looking at possible routes for heavy vehicles that do not originate or terminate in Horsham to travel around the city instead of through the centre.

"This is not about a bypass, the DoT has no plans to continue work on the previously proposed Horsham bypass."

If an alternative truck route was feasible, it would likely include the construction of a second road bridge across the Wimmera River.

"Council has recognised that a second road bridge has been an emerging need for a number of years," Bhalla said.

"The purpose of the feasibility study is to firstly determine whether any achievable options exist. If there is more than one potential route, the second step would be to establish a preferred option.

"Cultural heritage will be a major consideration."

The feasibility study is due to be completed next January.

If one or more potential truck routes are found, further planning work will be undertaken including public consultation.

An alternative truck route was a key recommendation in Council’s Horsham Urban Transport Plan which was adopted in January 2020.

The federal government has also contributed $150,000 to the project.


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