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VTA weighs in on West Gate Tunnel design

  • Posted on Thursday 13th, July 2017.

In its response to the West Gate Tunnel Environmental Effects Statement, the Victorian Transport Association (VTA) has made recommendations to make the proposed road more efficient and productive for operators moving freight in and out of the Port of Melbourne.

Among other recommendations, the VTA has recommended scrapping plans to meter heavy vehicle entry ramps to keep truck traffic moving seamlessly and safely.

“Heavy vehicles, regularly weighing between 55 and 65 tonne gross mass have great difficulty in entering the freeway at freeway speeds from a standing start. The VTA maintains it will be safer and more efficient, and would not impede the flow of traffic onto the freeway, if the heavy vehicle lane is not metered,” said VTA CEO, Peter Anderson.

The VTA submission also recommends an additional lane be added to the eastbound entry ramp from Millers Road to allow for safer entry to the freeway.

The VTA also strongly recommended tolls reflect the net impact upon the infrastructure in a fair and equitable way.

“The tolling regime should acknowledge the multiple user and shuttle service providers to the PoM at an agreed threshold of daily movement. The transport operator should be eligible for a discount on the current tolling rates that would encourage full usage of the system,” Anderson said.

The VTA also made recommendations regarding construction congestion and ensuring that the Port of Melbourne and McKenzie Road are not negatively impacted during construction

“Our strategic assessment of the merits of the Environmental Effects Statement (EES) of the West Gate Tunnel Project has determined the project will deliver a high level of benefit in providing an alternative to the West Gate Bridge and supporting the productivity and performance of the M1 corridor,” Anderson said.

“While the project will assist in improving transport connections with the city and the western and inner western suburbs, the need for the Port of Melbourne (PoM) to grow and prosper is vital to the overall prosperity of Victoria, and this Project must deliver on Melbourne’s future growth opportunities.”

The full submission is available on request by contacting the VTA.

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