Maribyrnong Truck Action Group Press Release.
Members of the Maribyrnong Truck Action Group have met with Minister for Roads and Ports, Tim Pallas, and have been given an assurance that despite no commitment of federal funds in this year’s budget that truck ramps (which form part of the Victorian Transport Plan) will be built. The creation of this truck route away from the residential areas of Francis Street and Somerville Road will bring relief to thousands of residents.”
This is great news for the inner west, a lot of people have been very concerned, since the release of the federal budget, that the project might not go ahead, but Minister Pallas told us that the Brumby Government is 100% committed to the project.
This is such an important project for residents in the inner west who have been suffering the effects of 20,000 trucks a day using residential streets to get to and from the port. The corner of Francis St and Williamstown Rd in Yarraville has the highest levels of diesel pollution yet recorded by the EPA and residents suffer from significantly higher asthma rates and other health issues. These ramps will go a long way to solving this problem… the Brumby Government has recognised the urgency of the situation and is taking responsibility for fixing it. It’s great news.
Planning for the project is moving forward and VicRoads will be holding community consultation forums shortly as it canvasses options for the alignment of the ramps.
MTAG urges the community to get involved in this stage of the project by attending the forums and contributing ideas.