Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Truck curfews to provide relief to residents, MTAG says

The Maribyrnong Truck Action Group (MTAG) has welcomed extended truck curfews in Melbourne's inner west.

MTAG President Samantha McArthur says truck curfews on Francis Street in Yarraville will be a relief to residents.

Truck restrictions are being extended in Yarraville on Douglas Parade and south of the West Gate Freeway, with some adjustments made to the location of curfew signage on the western end of Francis Street in a bid to reduce truck traffic between Roberts Street and Hyde Street.

"We've got a real issue on Francis Street where noise levels in curfew times continue to be high enough to disturb people's sleep in the middle of the night," McArthur says.

"Some of the curfews are pretty much blatantly ignored as residents can attest with anecdotal evidence.

"Anything that VicRoads can do on their limited resources to make sure that truck drivers are aware that they're passing through residential areas and that there are curfews in place is going to make some level of difference."

The community group has long lobbied government to reduce the number of trucks using residential streets in Melbourne's west. Thousands of trucks use the roads to travel to and from the Port of Melbourne.

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