BARRIER BAN: Local MP Tim Bull has successfully lobbied to have plans for 25km of barriers along this stretch of highway scrapped.
BARRIER BAN: Local MP Tim Bull has successfully lobbied to have plans for 25km of barriers along this stretch of highway scrapped. ABC Gippsland

Win for truckies along controversial stretch of Princes Hwy

GIPPSLAND East Nationals MP Tim Bull has won a victory for truckies travelling along the 51km stretch of the Princes Highway between Stratford and Bairnsdale in Victoria.

Responding to community feedback and lobbying from a number of quarters, Mr Bull has convinced Regional Roads Victoria (RRV) to scrap plans for 25km of new eastbound side barriers, and to install more pullover areas where there are existing barriers already in place.

"I am very pleased to say a few changes have been agreed to, based on the community's feedback and strong advocacy,” said Mr Bull.

"Due to the enormous amount of feedback to both my office and RRV, we have been able to get some significant changes, so I sincerely thank all who made the effort.” 

Other changes include:

  • Increased visibility at driveways and intersections by removing some barriers already installed adjacent to these areas, and
  • The old ripple strips that cause vibrations to be fixed.

Gippsland East Nationals MP Tim Bull with the RRV's chief regional roads officer, regional director and local project manager.
Gippsland East Nationals MP Tim Bull with the RRV's chief regional roads officer, regional director and local project manager.

"While locals will realise these changes are common sense, it was good to be able to drive the road, stop at locations where required and explain the concerns,” added Mr Bull.

"The fact we will now not have these side barriers on more than half the eastbound trip where they were planned to go is significant and the road and driveway intersections will be made safer in relation to the visibility of traffic, with barriers being taken out to make the gaps bigger.

"Importantly we will also have more pull over areas for trucks, buses and cars that previously could simply not get off the road.

"I now look forward to these changes being implemented to the original designs that were presented to the public.”

Mr Bull said he also raised concerns over the road surface quality where what was previously shoulder quality road would now take heavy traffic loads.

"I was advised that 'geotechnical investigations before construction found the road shoulder pavement was suitable for traffic'.

"This is different from the advice I have received from ex road workers and roads experts, so I guess time will tell on that one, but they have been told.”

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