Keep our roads residential
The suburbs of Melbourne’s northeast, such as Rosanna, Macleod, Heidelberg and Yallambie used to be renowned for a less urban way of life, tree lined streets and quiet neighbourhoods.
Unfortunately that lifestyle has been undermined by the road and freight lobby in Victoria. Ever so gradually, the State Government has added quiet residential streets to the list of approved roads that could be used by freight trucks. The permitted size of those trucks grew larger and larger over time, to the point that double trailer road trains (B-Doubles) are allowed on what used to be local roads.
These changes were made without consultation, without additional infrastructure or investment, and with no regard for the impact it would have on road safety and health of the community.
Massive road trains (B-Doubles) now use residential roads such as Rosanna Road. They take this route to avoid paying tolls on the alternative routes, even though average speeds are slower and more stopping is required. Weighing up to 62.5 tonnes and up to 19 metres in length, B-Doubles are such a danger to local residents that the Government of Victoria refused to permit them prior to 1991; Victoria was the last state to holdout to the pressure from the freight lobby.
Enough is enough. People are at breaking point.
Residents have been calling on politicians to listen to them on this issue for years, but with little response from the government of the day. It’s time to put the needs of the community ahead of the trucking industry.
Proposed B-double Route ban
The Greens have developed a plan to take the worst of the trucks problem away – immediately.
The Greens will direct VicRoads to remove the most problematic roads from Victoria’s Gazetted B-Double Network. This means B-Double road trains will no longer be able to use these roads, unless they seek a specific trip permit (i.e. to access a construction site in the local area). No B-Double trucks will be allowed on any of these roads unless prior permission is sought from VicRoads, i.e. to access a local construction site. This will mean the end of road train B-Doubles running from the north to the southeast and back via suburbs in Melbourne’s north east.
Click through the maps below to see the 27 roads that will be removed from the B-Double network
Q & A
Will trucks smaller than B-Doubles still be allowed on these roads?
Yes. Under these changes, single trailer or rigid trucks will still be able to use the roads, i.e. to deliver goods to local retail centres. To restrict access of these smaller types of trucks will need further consultation with the community to determine routes, hours of restriction and size limits. Truck bans will need to be properly enforced with camera systems. The Greens are committed to community-centric freight policies, including the use of truck bans.
Under Victorian road management laws, light trucks can use most arterial and local roads. This means delivery vans and trucks can still use these roads to get goods to retail precincts and residents.
Won’t this just push the trucks to other roads, e.g. St Georges Road?
No. St Georges road has multiple restrictions in place to preserve amenity and to protect overhead electrical lines and bridges that restrict B-Double trucks using that road. VicRoads must provide prior permission for any B-Double truck to use that road.
The purpose of these changes is to encourage the freight industry to use the Ring Road, Tullamarine Freeway, CityLink and Monash Freeway to get from Melbourne’s north to the southeast. If they need to go to the outer eastern suburbs such as Ringwood or Knox, they can take EastLink from the Monash. These routes have no traffic lights, have wide lanes and intelligent road management systems. Hundreds of millions of dollars of taxpayer’s money has recently been spent widening Tullamarine Freeway and CityLink, so it should be used by the freight industry, not skipped to avoid the tolls.
How long will it take to remove these roads from the Gazetted B-Double Network?
These changes can be announced as soon as possible after the election in the Victorian Government Gazette.
What is the Greens plans for freight in Melbourne?
The Greens want to push as much freight as possible from trucks to rail. Successive governments have failed to implement the port rail shuttle network, with its hub at the Port of Melbourne and intermodal terminals in industrial areas in the west, southeast and north. The Port Rail Shuttle is a shovel ready project, already funded through the budget and can be built in a matter of years to get at least 3,000 trucks off Melbourne’s roads.
Samantha Dunn MP on Transport in the East
As the member for Eastern Metropolitan, Samantha Dunn MP has used every opportunity to speak up for the community. Samantha Dunn MP will work tirelessly in with the community to:
- Develop a comprehensive alternative infrastructure plan to protect Melbourne’s liveability.
- Force the Government to be fully open and transparent with information about the proposed toll road, including acquisitions, the business case and local traffic impacts.
- Work with the community and experts to ensure their voices are heard in the North East Link Environmental Effects Statement process.
- Pressure local MPs and Councillors to oppose the North East Link project.
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