Murchison’s truck troubles raised in Parliament
10 September 2018
Heavy vehicle traffic in Murchison’s main street has hit an average of almost 500 trucks a day, prompting Member for Euroa and Deputy Leader of The Nationals Steph Ryan to again call on the Andrews Government to take action.
Ms Ryan told State Parliament last week that the community’s pleas for action had fallen on deaf ears.
“Residents report their homes shaking from heavy vehicles rumbling up Stevenson St and they are concerned about the safety of pedestrians using the main street,” Ms Ryan said.
“Traffic count figures show there’s now an average of 470 heavy vehicles driving through the main street of Murchison each day.
“Noise levels and the impact these truck movements are having on houses along the road are concerning for local residents.”
Ms Ryan said residents had been advised by VicRoads that a curfew or speed limit reduction could be considered, but there had been no further action on this.
“Most people understand that the bridge is a key crossing over the Goulburn but they would like to see VicRoads actually engage in trying to find a solution. One of the suggestions has been for a truck bypass along Hammond Rd,” Ms Ryan said.
Local resident Kay Ball has been pushing for a solution for some months now.
“The trucks are going through the main shopping area where there is pedestrian traffic and parking on both sides of the road,” Mrs Ball said.
“People are parking on the riverbank side and have to walk across to the shops, but pedestrians and heavy traffic are not compatible, they don’t mix. If you’re sitting outside the bakery you can’t hear yourself talk.
“Many locals are concerned but feel they can’t do anything, that they’re stuck with it, but I think we need to raise our concerns.”