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Maribyrnong locals push for flashing signals at school zones

Residents in Melbourne’s west try to have flashing signs erected to deal with truck traffic.

 

Residents in Melbourne’s west have settled for erecting flashing school zone signs after unsuccessfully lobbying for a truck curfew.

Victorian Greens MP Colleen Hartland says locals want flashing 40 km/h school zone signs installed around school zones while a curfew is implemented, describing it as a “critical safety measure”.

The Maribyrnong City Council asked VicRoads to install the lights but the proposal was rejected due to lack of funding.

“I wholeheartedly support the community campaign by residents in the inner west and the Maribyrnong Truck Action Group to extend truck curfews to include school crossing times on Somerville Road,” Hartland says.

“I know that truck curfews during school crossing times will not happen overnight due to vocal truck industry lobbying but what can happen quickly is the installation of flashing solar-powered 40 km/h school zone signs.”

Kingsville Primary School students are surrounded by 1,200 trucks each day.

Night time and weekend curfews were introduced more than 10 years ago in a bid to reduce truck noise and emissions in the area.

 

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