Thursday, 29 October 2015
Member for Western Victoria Simon Ramsay has again called for a heavy vehicle bypass for Colac.
Mr Ramsay said he has raised the issue of a heavy vehicle alternate route for Colac many times both publicly and in Parliament.
“Calls from across the community seem to continually fall on deaf ears.
“The completion of the duplication of the Princes Highway West from Waurn Ponds to Winchelsea, the planning of the duplication from Winchelsea to Colac all but completed, and potential future planning for upgrading the Princes Highway from Colac to Warrnambool, will continue to increase freight use on the highway.
“I firmly believe it’s time to put the Colac heavy vehicle bypass back on the table.
To prove the point, while spending eight hours in Colac on Wednesday, Mr Ramsay recorded all truck movements from 10.00 am to 6.00 pm.
“A total of 314 trucks travelled down Murray Street last Wednesday.
“The heavy trucks included 110 freighters,15 livestock carriers and 55 logs trucks going west and 93 freighters, 10 livestock carriers, and 31 log trucks going east.
“These 314 trucks ploughed through the retail centre of Murray Street fumigating shoppers with diesel and animal odours, screeching air brakes and blowing up dust, which must have enhanced the shopping experience no end.
“Given the onset of improved highway efficiency and greater use by heavy vehicles of the Princes Highway through the main retail precinct, it clearly makes sense for town leaders and VicRoads to seek feasibility funding for planning work to be carried out and to explore further options for a heavy vehicle bypass that will enhance the retail and tourist precinct of the city centre, as well as providing a safer environment for visitors”, Mr Ramsay said.