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Truck Traffic in Melbourne's West

The City of Maribyrnong, together with VicRoads, the EPA and the Department of Health, have formed a working group to consider short term solutions for truck traffic issues in Melbourne’s inner west. To date, the City of Maribyrnong and its partners:

  • Conducted a truck movement survey (December 2013) to understand where trucks are coming from and going to
  • Hosted two open house sessions for the community to provide information about trucks and their impacts (February 2014) and for the findings of the survey to be presented (June 2014)
  • Investigated and modelled a range of short term measures.
  • A ban on heavy vehicles travelling from the Port of Melbourne on Moore Street, with some exemptions, from 8pm to 6am (the ban will not apply to trucks on local runs)
  • Truck Curfews during school opening and closing times in Somerville Road, Yarraville, to take effect from the first school term in 2015
  • A new 40km/h speed limit on Francis Street near Wembley Drive, during school hours

Current Status - Curfews to be Adopted

Trucks under the Francis Street Railway Bridge in Yarraville

At the community open house held on Wednesday 8 October 2014 VicRoads unveiled new proposed bans and restrictions including:

More detail about the curfews is available in Council's media release issued on 8 October.

Legislation must be passed in State Parliament before the new truck curfews become law.

Trucks and residential streets

There are at least 20,000 truck movements, from light rigid wheel-base trucks to B-doubles, on inner west roads every day. The impact of this traffic is high and includes:

  • Increased need for road maintenance
  • Health, environmental and pollution costs
  • Loss of residential amenity and lower property values adjacent to heavily used routes and transport depots and terminals

Council will continue to work with its stakeholders to reduce truck traffic in residential streets by:

  • Identifying the primary routes for trucks, over-dimensional vehicles and hazardous materials
  • Developing a freight movement network using primary arterial and freeway roads
  • Locating freight generating land uses and freight handling centres appropriately
  • Investigating the potential to increase the role of rail in the movement of freight.

Background

Freight in cities is mostly transported by road. Although this is the most convenient and economic form of transport it can lead to competition for limited road space and environmentally unfriendly emissions associated with heavy vehicles.

The City of Maribyrnong is located close to Melbourne’s central business district and the Port of Melbourne, both which attract very high volumes of truck traffic. Pedicted future traffic growth to and from the Port of Melbourne has a potentially major impact on Maribyrnong.

Council supports the reduction of truck traffic through residential streets.

For more information contact:

Manager Civil Design & Transport
9688 0200
email@maribyrnong.vic.gov.au

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