West Gate Ramps
Community and business groups along with politicians, industry and the City of Maribyrnong have all called for the Victoria Government to build as soon as possible the West Gate truck ramps which were part of Victorian Transport Plan.
The ramps onto the West Gate Freeway, first proposed by Sir Rod Eddington’s 2008 study of Melbourne’s transport needs, would create a route for trucks that bypasses residential areas in Francis St and Somerville Rd with exits and entries from the West Gate Freeway before the bridge that takes them directly to the port via Hyde St and Whitehall St.
They would also provide an alternative route for many of the trucks that currently use streets in Footscray to access the port.
They would direct about one million trucks per year away from residential streets improving health and safety in the inner west and giving industry a 24/7 route to port.
A community rally in support of the West Gate ramps was held in Yarraville Gardens on Sunday 18th September 2011. It was organised by the Maribyrnong Truck Action Group (MTAG), which was formed in late 2005 out of concern about the negative effects of the growing number of trucks using residential streets in the inner west Melbourne municipality of Maribynong, which includes the suburbs of Footscray and Yarraville.
The West Gate ramps are now part of the Western Distributor project.