Environment Protection Authority Victoria (EPA) instigated an inter-agency effort involving VicRoads, Department of Health and Maribyrnong City Council to address impacts on residents from trucks, based on the results of noise and air quality monitoring from May 2012 to September 2013 at Francis Street, Yarraville.
EPA used results from this monitoring program to flag air quality and noise as issues for residents and provided each report to VicRoads, the Port of Melbourne Corporation, Department of Health and Maribyrnong City Council.
The agencies worked together for approximately 12 months, holding three successful community engagement events.
VicRoads conducted a truck movement survey to get a better understanding of where trucks were moving through the local streets. EPA provided further noise monitoring data for Moore Street and Somerville Road and modelled air quality based on changes to traffic routes. Two independently facilitated forums involving industry and community helped decide the final options for changes to local truck routes.
VicRoads announced in October 2014 the introduction of two new truck curfew periods in Moore Street and Somerville Road to reduce noise impacts on residents and address safety concerns about trucks near schools on Somerville Road. VicRoads will also resurface some sections of Francis Street to help reduce noise, and Maribyrnong City Council will plant more trees to improve local amenity.
Air monitoring results
Air pollution was measured at higher levels than EPA’s other fixed air monitoring stations in residential suburbs of Melbourne.
Results for PM2.5 did not breach the national daily advisory reporting standard but were slightly above the national annual advisory reporting standard.
Results for PM10 monitoring exceeded the daily standard three times in 12 months, but still met the annual goal of no more than five days exceeding the daily PM10 standard.
Levels of nitrogen dioxide and benzo(a)pyrene were below the ambient air quality objectives or standards.
We monitored noise at three sites in Francis Street in fortnightly blocks throughout the year. Based on the World Health Organization guidelines for community noise, road traffic noise levels measured in Francis Street are high enough to cause annoyance and disturb speech and sleep.
EPA will monitor noise levels of Moore St and Somerville Road, Yarraville, in early 2015 to understand and report on the effectiveness of the new truck curfews.
For more information about trucks and the inner west, please contact Maribyrnong City Council.
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