Saturday 17th Nov, 2018

VTA comfortable with Bay Street restrictions

Photo: Shutterstock
Photo: Shutterstock

INDUSTRY body the Victorian Transport Association says it can work with a permanent weekend heavy vehicle ban on Beach Road in Melbourne’s south-east.

The Victorian government recently announced weekend heavy vehicle curfews on Beach Road are to be made permanent and that it will trial a 24/7 restriction in 2019 to improve safety and shift heavy vehicle movements to the Nepean Highway.

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Moreover, $450,000 is to be invested by the government to implement the new restrictions including signs, enforcement and industry education campaigns.

VTA chief executive Peter Anderson said the restrictions only applied to heavy vehicles using Beach Road and Beaconsfield Parade between Bay Street in Port Melbourne and the Nepean Highway in Mordialloc.

Operators still will be able to use these roads any time for local deliveries and pick-ups.

“While the VTA is generally opposed to restrictions on heavy vehicle movements, we are satisfied that the measures announced by the government to offset their impact will ensure operators will be able to fully service their customers,” Mr Anderson said.

“Nepean Highway is a far better alternative road for heavy vehicles travelling through the area, and we will work with the government to ensure part of the funding allocated to implement the restrictions goes to improvements on that important freight corridor.”



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