Trucks banned from Port Adelaide

Port Adelaide-Enfield Council has banned heavy vehicles from travelling through Port Adelaide

By Ruza Zivkusic | January 27, 2010

In a bid to protect its heritage, attract tourism and boost economy, the Port Adelaide-Enfield Council has banned heavy vehicles from travelling through Port Adelaide.

The permanent ban will begin next week and is expected to add a minute to the usual travel time for trucks. The council believes the measure will reduce the number of trucks travelling through the town daily by 1100.

Mayor Gary Johanson says the decision was not made to upset the industry stakeholders but to decrease noise and traffic congestion.

He says the transport industry has grown considerably over the years, stifling business investment because heritage areas resemble a busy freeway.

"The city is at a standstill and the historic part of the port is a rat race which means our unique culture and heritage here is languishing and we cannot get developers and people interested [to] come in," Johanson says.

"For the sake of all combined, we must make this good and strong; we respect the transport industry but we’re trying to make this worthwhile for the whole community without penalising the drivers."

"This is something that a lot of our drivers in the area understand needed to be done for the sake of the community," Johanson says.

"We must do it if we’re going to give a future to a lot of kids that need work as we have a high Aboriginal and refugee population. We’ve got to be able to give options for employment and that’s why we need shops to open."

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