Monday 20th Nov, 2017

Bike path plans an “irresponsible disaster”, says VTA

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INDUSTRY body the Victorian Transport Association has condemned plans for a Lorimer Street bike path, saying they will impede the easy movement of freight from Webb Dock.

The draft plans for a Fishermans Bend Framework were released recently by planning minister Richard Wynne and member for Albert Park, Martin Foley.

In a VTA statement, chief executive Peter Anderson said the plans defied logic and were an “irresponsible recipe for disaster”.

“Lorimer Street is a gazetted freight route for heavy vehicles and is intensively used by trucks of up to 70 tonnes travelling between Webb Dock and road and rail freight infrastructure closer to town,” Mr Anderson said.

“It is also home to numerous concrete suppliers that are visited by hundreds of trucks every day that deliver to building sites throughout Melbourne.

“While we fully support infrastructure that encourages commuters onto bikes and away from cars, the last place we should be putting a shared path is on the only gazetted freight route servicing the south side of the Port of Melbourne.”

Mr Anderson said the VTA had previously advised the government in its precinct planning.

“It’s an irresponsible recipe for disaster to encourage cycling on a road so intensively used by heavy vehicles, and is the precise opposite of what we recommended in early consultations,” he said.

“For planners to have included an on-road cycling path on Lorimer Street in the draft framework defies logic.”

Mr Anderson welcomed draft objectives to safeguard port access by preserving a direct road and rail corridor between Webb, Swanson and Appleton Docks and the freight terminal at Dynon Road.

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