Council suggests 'physical barriers' to keep trucks out

Hobsons Bay Councilin Melbourne’s south-west wants VicRoads to divert non-local trucks to improve air quality and reduce noise

By Ruza Zivkusic-Aftasi | November 4, 2013

A council in Melbourne’s south-west that has managed to reduce truck traffic on a local road wants to further decrease volumes by banning non-local trucks.

Hobsons Bay Council wants VicRoads to divert non-local trucks from Chambers Road in Altona North to a recently-opened road, Cabot Drive, in the area.

The road was built earlier this year and advisory signage was installed encouraging trucks to use it.

The council has managed to decrease truck traffic by 25 per cent on Chambers Road in the past year.

It has monitored traffic volumes since 2004 to measure the impact on the road network.

It now has its eyes set on improving air quality and reducing noise by banning operators who have business outside the area.

"In Chambers Road the volume of trucks on an average weekday decreased by 25 per cent, with a minor increase in car volumes of 4 per cent," the council says.

"Therefore the decrease in truck volumes is a reasonably significant reduction.

"However, in order to further improve residential amenity in Chambers Road it may be possible to further reduce truck volumes by determining whether the truck traffic is for Chambers Road businesses or through traffic.

"If truck traffic is through traffic, then investigations are recommended to review the possible installation of physical barriers to reduce truck volumes."

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