Thursday, 28 August 2008


“A secret Department of Transport May 2008 route map of Melbourne and Victorian B-Triple truck routes obtained by the Opposition shows that John Brumby and Minister for Roads and Ports Tim Pallas are determined to force these longer, heavier trucks onto Victorian roads without any community consultation”, Shadow Minister for Public Transport and Roads, Terry Mulder, said today.

Mr Mulder said the document showed a B-Triple route map that stretched from Wodonga to Portland and from Sale to Mildura, including many roads, freeways and tollways in metropolitan Melbourne.

“This B-triples route map will form part of John Brumby’s fourth transport plan to be launched in the tenth year of his do-nothing Labor government.  This is John Brumby’s fall-back plan because of his failure to transfer freight to rail as Labor promised.

“In December 2007, Minister Pallas promised full consultation with local communities and councils about B-Triples. John Brumby should tell Minister Pallas to pick up the phone and start making calls instead of treating local communities and councils like mushrooms.

“John Brumby and Minister Pallas are behaving like their push for clearways in Melbourne: no consultation, start a fight and punch affected communities into submission.  The document says ‘Implementation (of B-Triples) would involve establishing a process to prioritise businesses for last kilometre connections.’  It fails to mention consulting local residents or councils.

“The map omits the alternative of upgrading Victoria’s rail freight network and providing port-rail container shuttles between the Port of Melbourne, Dandenong South, Somerton and Altona/ Laverton. 

The B-Triples route map is a short term fix designed to cover up how only 15 per cent of containers to and from the Port of Melbourne are hauled by rail, compared with Labor’s target of 30 per cent by 2010 that Sir Rod Eddington said will not be achieved.”

Mr Mulder said that the map obtained by the Opposition showed that routes for B-Triples included the Calder Freeway and Highway from Melbourne to Bendigo and Mildura; the Western Freeway and Highway through Ballarat to the SA border; the Henty Highway from Horsham to Portland; the Geelong Road and Princes Highway West to Colac, and from Heywood to the SA border.

“The Sturt Highway from Mildura to the SA border; the Goulburn Valley Highway or Freeway to the NSW border; the Hume Freeway to Wodonga and the Princes Highway East to Sale are also included.

“Labor’s B-Triples are set to travel over the West Gate Bridge, through the Burnley, Domain, Melba and Mullum Mullum tunnels and on the Westernport Highway from Hastings to its junction with the South Gippsland Highway, the Monash Freeway and most of CityLink.  Labor proposes B-Triples for the whole of EastLink, including access on Ferntree Gully Road, Scoresby to local factories; the Frankston Freeway and the Moorooduc Highway; Westall Road, Springvale and Clayton South between CityLink and Heatherton Road; part of the Tullamarine Freeway to Melbourne Airport; the Western Ring Road.  Labor also favours B-Triples on numerous roads around the Port of Melbourne in Footscray and Yarraville along with Fitzgerald Road, Laverton and Cooper Street, Campbellfield.”

Mr Mulder said that the map excluded local roads that would be used by B-Triples when they left freeways, tollways, highways or arterial roads.

“These B-Triples cannot simply stop as the map indicates in Frankston South or Donvale after travelling on EastLink”, Mr Mulder said.