Pressure on Baillieu to commit to Truck Action Plan

More than 1,500 residents from a Victorian electorate petition the state’s government to commit to the Truck Action Plan

By Brad Gardner | May 26, 2011

More than 1,500 residents from the Victorian electorate of Seymour are petitioning the state’s government to commit to taking trucks off residential streets.

The 1,550 petitioners want Premier Ted Baillieu to fund the Truck Action Plan, which was announced under the previous government but is now under review.

If introduced, the plan will deliver a dedicated truck corridor to Melbourne’s port precinct to take trucks off inner west residential streets.

The petition, tabled in Parliament by Seymour Liberal MP Cindy McLeish, also supports the construction of the WestLink road tunnel as an alternative to the West Gate Bridge.

"The petitioners therefore request that the Legislative Assembly urges the Baillieu government to commit funding to build the truck action plan and WestLink," the submission reads.

Williamstown MP Wade Noonan gathered together 457 signatures in favour of the Truck Action Plan, which was ignored in the recent budget.

Announced in 2008 by then Roads and Ports Minister Tim Pallas, the initiative was part of a host of transport projects Sir Rod Eddington recommended in his study to improve Melbourne’s transport network.

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