Bol­lards de­signed to pre­vent car at­tacks in CBD

The Australian - - THE NATION -

Work on more than 50 per­ma­nent bol­lards in Mel­bourne’s CBD will be­gin on Mon­day to pre­vent po­ten­tially fa­tal car at­tacks.

The first of three staged works will start at 8pm on Mon­day un­til De­cem­ber 14, with a lane of traf­fic on Swanston Street to Flin­ders Street closed while the 53 bol­lards are in­stalled.

An ex­tra 130sq m of pub­lic space will also be added be­low the Flin­ders Street Sta­tion clocks as part of the pre­vi­ously an­nounced $50 mil­lion state govern­ment se­cu­rity pack­age.

Vic­to­ria Po­lice As­sis­tant Com­mis­sioner Stephen Leane said the mea­sures would put a dis­tance be­tween road users and pedes­tri­ans.

“We want to cre­ate real space be­tween ve­hi­cles, no mat­ter who is driv­ing the ve­hi­cle and what their in­tent, and pedes­tri­ans,” he said.

Tem­po­rary bol­lards at nine sites across the city will be swapped for the per­ma­nent stain­less steel cylin­dri­cal bol­lards, with the sec­ond stage of works be­gin­ning in Jan­uary.

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