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Truck curfew to ease congestion on Beach Road

A new curfew will ease congestion on Victorian roads and improve traffic flow for truck drivers and the local community, according to the Andrews Labor Government.

Minister for Roads Jaala Pulford joined Member for Albert Park Martin Foley on 10 February to announce 24/7 truck restrictions along Beach Road between Port Melbourne and Mordialloc are set to begin.

Trucks making local deliveries, loading or unloading goods, or with no other route will be exempt from the ban.

The restrictions do not include other vehicles such as buses, caravans, cranes or concrete pumps.

“By introducing truck bans on Beach Road, we’ll improve the flow of traffic and reduce congestion,” said Pulford. “We’re leaving local roads for cars and moving freight onto freight routes, which will improve traffic flow and increase safety for the hundreds of visitors to the area as well as the local community.”

Since 2017, there has been a range of truck curfew times trialled along Beach Road between Bay Street in Port Melbourne and Nepean Highway in Mordialloc.

The 24/7 restrictions have been introduced following strong community support for the curfews and will come into effect from 25 February.

The Labor Government has worked with the truck industry and community to find the best way to balance the needs of freight and other commuters on the road network.

Victorian Transport Association (VTA) CEO, Peter Anderson, said the Association has appreciated engagement with the Victorian Government and the time it has taken talking to the industry to understand the needs of operators working in the bayside area.

"While we remain generally opposed to heavy vehicle bans and curfews, with respect to Beach Road we expect minimal impact to non-exempted drivers because previous traffic studies confirmed very limited use of it by drivers travelling through the area anyway," said Anderson. "Consistent with our view that big trucks should be on big roads, we look forward to working with state and local governments on improvements to the Nepean Highway that will make it even better suited to freight movements."

VicRoads will be collecting data to better understand how trucks use the Nepean Highway to better plan and manage the freight network.

Data collected throughout the restriction will help to inform future changes to the road infrastructure and optimisation of traffic signals to improve movement around the Victorian freight network.

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