MP wants end to trucks using CBD as thoroughfare


Up to 60 trucks are travelling through Geelong’s central business district each hour, putting pedestrians at risk, Victorian MP says

By Ruza Zivkusic-Aftasi | December 14, 2012

Up to 60 trucks are travelling through Geelong’s central business district each hour, putting pedestrians at risk, a Victorian MP says.

Geelong MP Ian Trezise wants to see fewer trucks using the district as a thoroughfare, saying sooner or later there will be a death on the streets.

Speaking in Victorian Parliament recently, Trezise says heavy traffic movements combined with pedestrians attempting to use the same streets is a "recipe for disaster".

He is calling on the government to intervene, saying he has been lobbying for a change for years.

"At the moment it is estimated that about 60 trucks per hour rumble through Geelong’s central business district and in my mind that is totally unacceptable," he says.

"Not only does it create noise, pollution and ever increasingly clogged east-west major traffic arteries but perhaps even more importantly it has created a real pedestrian safety issue."

VicRoads is currently conducting a freight study of Geelong's CBD area and is calling on transport operators to have a say.



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