Residents protesting against a forecast rise in truck traffic fuelled by the West Gate Tunnel project will stage a peak-hour shutdown of one of Yarraville’s busiest intersections.
The Maribyrnong Truck Action Group is spearheading a planned protest at the intersection of Williamstown Road and Francis Street from 8am next Tuesday, demanding that bans on trucks planned for some Yarraville and Footscray routes be extended to include Williamstown Road, as well as Millers Road in Brooklyn.
Truck numbers along single-lane, residential Williamstown Road are expected to double to 5000 by 2030 as bans on other routes, to be brought in at the completion of the $6.7 billion West Gate Tunnel toll road in 2022, funnel more trucks on to the route.
New parents, in particular, have expressed dismay at an increase in diesel emissions and noise.
Maribyrnong Truck Action Group spokesman Martin Wurt said the route also put 875 kids at Yarraville West Primary School in the danger zone for diesel pollution, along with babies and toddlers at a new childcare centre approved for the intersection where the protest will take place.
The protest is being held in consultation with Victoria Police, which will handle traffic management during the shutdown.
It follows similar protests by MTAG at the same intersection in 2016 and at other inner-west locations in recent years.