Tun­nel tur­moil

Res­i­dents’ buy­out bid

Herald Sun - - NEWS - AN­DREW JEF­FER­SON an­drew.jef­fer­son@news.com.au @AndyJ­effo

AN­GRY res­i­dents in a Yar­rav­ille street that will see thou­sands of trucks thun­der past their houses when the West Gate Tun­nel is built have de­manded the gov­ern­ment buy their homes.

Two new on and off ramps from the West Gate Free­way will di­rect trucks car­ry­ing dan­ger­ous goods deemed too un­safe for tun­nels along Hyde St be­fore join­ing a bridge over the Maribyrnong River to the Port of Mel­bourne.

Res­i­dents in 10 homes on Hyde St, op­po­site the Yar­rav­ille oil ter­mi­nal, al­ready see 6000 trucks a day pass.

That num­ber is ex­pected to jump by an­other 1500-plus once the new road is built and an ex­ist­ing truck ban is lifted.

While not op­posed to the project, un­happy res­i­dents say it is un­fair that they should pay the health, amenity and fi­nan­cial cost for Vic­to­ria’s in­fra­struc­ture needs.

Spokes­woman for the Hyde Street Res­i­dents Group, Laura Meese, said res­i­dents did not buy homes 300m from ma­jor off ramps.

“Other projects be­ing led by the An­drews Gov­ern­ment, namely the Level Cross­ing Re­moval, are ac­quir­ing homes,” she said. “If those cri­te­ria were ap­plied in this cir­cum­stance, we would be ac­quired.

“From our ini­tial dis­cus­sions with VicRoads, if we are go­ing to get ac­quired through the grounds that are ex­ist­ing, we would have to be dead, dy­ing or bank­rupt.”

Min­is­ter for Roads Luke Donel­lan said no homes would be needed for the project.

“We look for­ward to hear­ing from the Hyde St res­i­dents at the In­quiry and Ad­vi­sory Com­mit­tee this week,” he said.

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