Horsham Rural City councillor calls for vote to rule out truck bypass option

HORSHAM Rural City Councillor Mark Radford will on Monday night call for his colleagues to reject the VicRoads Western Highway Bypass Route option known as 5A.

The Horsham truck bypass option is part of the draft stage one report on the Horsham Integrated Transport Plan that was released in late July for public comment.

Cr Radford has given a notice of motion that that the Horsham Rural City Council refuse to support the option.

There are also motions on the agenda calling on council to adopt the report and to note information to assist in reviewing its position relating to a preference or non-preference for bypass options.

The reasons cited by Cr Radford in his notice of motion were conflict with the Horsham council Framework for Managing Growth Strategy; proximity of a significant Cultural Heritage site; severance of the Haven community; social impact to the residents of Horsham south and Horsham west; and the distance from the Wimmera Intermodal Freight Terminal.

The July draft report made recommendations aimed at improving urban traffic in Horsham and reducing the number of trucks that pass through the city.

The report recommends support for VicRoad’s ‘option D’ for the bypass, which would see a connection between the Western Highway and Gatehouse Rd to the east of Horsham with a Henty Highway intersection.

Horsham council has held a number of public information sessions on the bypass report, which has attracted more than 250 submissions.

Horsham council chief executive Peter Brown said elements of the draft report would be presented to councillors for adoption on Monday night but it was up to council as a whole to back the motions.

“Councillors have read all the information, they have been provided with all the comments,” he said.

The suggested timelines for proposed works range from five years for intersection improvement to 40 years for new highway and bypass construction.

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