Beach Road truck curfew (18.08.2015)
Written on the 16 September 2015
COUNCIL - Adjournment
GEORGIE CROZIER (LIB - Southern Metropolitan)
My adjournment matter this evening is for the Minister for Roads and Road Safety. Beach Road is one of Melbourne's iconic roads. Running parallel to the bay along the bayside Assembly districts within my electorate of Southern Metropolitan Region, which encompasses Sandringham, Brighton and Albert Park, it provides access for millions of Victorians to the magnificent Port Philip Bay. Beach Road is also known for the cyclists who each week ride along it in their hundreds. Every day of the week runners jog along the pathways that line the coast, and Victorians and international visitors have to cross Beach Road to get to the bayside beaches.
We all know that road congestion is increasing across the city, and Beach Road is now a major access point to the port of Melbourne. What is also evident is that more and more trucks are using Beach Road as a major thoroughfare to get to the port. As a consequence there are increasing safety concerns around trucks speeding and using back roads which are close to schools. There is also an increase in air pollution as they sit in traffic along Beach Road. As the port of Melbourne expands if this government gets its way, there will only be one major port for the state this congestion will only increase. The amenity of those living close to Beach Road needs to be protected, and the health and safety concerns related to more trucks on Beach Road need to be addressed.
Currently a truck curfew exists for Beaconsfield Parade, Jacka Boulevard, Marine Parade, the Ormond Esplanade, the St Kilda Esplanade and Beach Road from 8.00 p.m. to 6.00 a.m. Monday to Saturday and from 1.00 p.m. to 6.00 a.m. Saturday to Monday. According to the VicRoads website, there are currently 24-hour, 7-day-a-week truck curfews for roads in suburbs including Knoxfield, The Basin, Rowville, Ferntree Gully, Wantirna South, Bayswater, Sunshine, North Melbourne, Scoresby, Boronia, Oakleigh, Yarraville and Lilydale. The councils of Kingston. Bayside and Port Phillip are united in their position to have a further curfew applied along Beach Road. Therefore the action I seek from the minister is that he apply a 24-hour, 7-day-a-week truck curfew along Beach Road.