The Western Distributor will take up to 6,000 trucks out of the inner west by providing more efficient links to Melbourne’s port. It will also provide a vital alternative to the West Gate Bridge.
How the Western Distributor will help
The Western Distributor will take thousands of trucks off local streets every day by providing more efficient links to Melbourne’s port and a vital alternative to the West Gate Bridge.
While local trucks making deliveries are essential for the community, Yarraville residents will benefit from between 50 and 75 per cent of trucks being removed from Somerville Road and Francis Street. Residents have long endured the impacts of trucks rumbling past their homes.
Improved freight links will remove an expected 6,000 trucks a day off the West Gate Bridge, and up to 3,500 trucks a day off Geelong Road.
Across the inner west, there will be 6,000 fewer trucks on local roads.
Air quality will improve for local residents with vehicle emissions reducing by 2.3 million tonnes a year.
Instead of using local streets, trucks carrying dangerous goods or over-height trucks that are banned from tunnels will have a more direct and reliable route to and from the port and fuel epots, with direct ramps to Hyde Street.
Extending truck curfews
Trucks cause major issues for the community. They are noisy, affect air quality, and make roads dangerous for pedestrians, cyclists and cars.
There are night and weekend curfews on Francis Street, Somerville Road, Hyde Street, Whitehall Street and Moore Street. These have made a difference.
Following the construction of the Western Distributor, further curfews will be implemented on Francis Street and Somerville Road.
Trucks in the Inner West Working Group
A working group has been established by VicRoads and is meeting to make sure local voices are heard on short and medium term traffic improvements and the shape of a long term traffic management plan for the west.
This will help strike a balance between the movement of freight, increasing the efficiency of freeway routes while improving the liveability for local residents.