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Westgate tunnel

On and off ramps at Grieve Parade and Dohertys Road

Outcomes sought through the Council's previous resolutions on the West Gate Tunnel Project relating to on and off ramps at Grieve Parade and Dohertys Road to mitigate truck traffic impacts on Millers Road.

Brooklyn residents currently experience poor air quality, excessive noise, access difficulties, delays and safety issues due to the increasing volumes of trucks using Millers Road and other key freight routes in the area. The West Gate Tunnel (WGT) Project, associated road tolling and the introduction of truck bans north of the freeway will result in 4,500 extra trucks per day in Millers Road (between Geelong Road and the freeway). This increase will result in local residents being impacted by additional noise, traffic fumes and access difficulties to their homes and community.

Through the life of the WGT Project, Council has continually advocated to shift the extra truck traffic to Grieve Parade, which is in an industrial precinct, rather than use Millers Road, which traverses residential areas, activity centres and school zones. This alternative option proposes to divert trucks south along Geelong Road to an upgraded Grieve Parade, provide new freeway access ramps at Doherty's Road and extending Grieve Parade north to Market Road to the Tottenham industrial area.

Grieve Parade provides access to industrial land within the state significant western industrial precinct. Due to the lack of access ramps on Grieve Parade, north south connectivity to and from the Altona North Industrial Precinct to the M80 Ring Road is restricted. The WGT project scope does not include provision for additional ramps at Grieve Parade or at Dohertys Road. In addition, a key recommendation in Brimbank City Council’s Brooklyn Industrial Precinct Strategy (Brooklyn Evolution Strategy) is for the extension of Grieve Parade north of the freeway to Market Road. Council supports this Plan to provide improved north-south access linking the Tottenham industrial area and providing more efficient freight access to the freeway.

What is required?

  • Provide freeway access ramps at Dohertys Road west of Grieve Parade by 2021 in conjunction with the M80 interchange upgrade.
  • Grieve Parade be upgraded as the preferred truck route (via Princes Highway) to facilitate displaced trucks from Yarraville and Footscray due to the proposed truck bans to access the West Gate Freeway (as the alternative to Millers Road) before 2022 when West Gate Tunnel opens.
  • A freight management plan for the region that protects residents from further impacts be undertaken in conjunction with the proposed Transport for Victoria/Council Transport Plan by the end 2019.
  • Extend Grieve Parade north to Market Road (as described in the Brooklyn Evolution Strategy) through a staged extension over the next ten years.

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