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Metro Tunnel

Travelling safely near worksites

As we build the Metro Tunnel, the safety of our workers and the public is our number one priority.

There is an increasing number of trucks travelling to and from our worksites in Kensington, North Melbourne, Parkville, the CBD and South Yarra as they transport material, equipment and machinery.

We are working to reduce the risks to vulnerable road users (cyclists, pedestrians and motorcyclists) through a range of approaches:

  • Fitting additional safety equipment to our heavy vehicles
  • Raising awareness with truck drivers on sharing the road with vulnerable road users
  • Improving the design of temporary road and footpath diversions around worksites
  • Providing information to vulnerable road users about the safest behaviours around trucks

This has enabled us to more carefully implement and incorporate the safe systems approach into our works:

If you see any safety concerns while traveling around our sites, please contact us.

Safer drivers: Truck driver training

We partnered with the Amy Gillett Foundation to pilot a truck driver program to raise awareness about travelling near vulnerable road users. Watch the video below to see what the truck drivers learnt from the pilot program.

For more information refer to Amy Gillett Foundation website.

Safer behaviours: Swapping Seats campaign

Trucks have many blind spots and sometimes it can be hard to see vulnerable road users on the road. This campaign focuses on influencing behavioural change of vulnerable road users, to help them share the road with trucks more safely.

Working directly with cyclists, we used:

  • A human behavioural technique to identify three key actions that cyclists should be influenced to choose more often.
  • A range of influence strategies to encourage people to choose those behaviours.

These three key behaviours now form the basis of the ‘Swapping Seats’ campaign - funded and led by Rail Projects Victoria and developed and delivered by Bicycle Network – which involves:

  • Having a truck present in a location with high foot and cycling traffic
  • Encouraging the public to interact with real truck drivers and step up into the truck
  • Use of props to clearly show the blind spots around the truck
  • Allowing cyclist to see what truck drivers can see from their cabin seat.

Safer roads: Traffic management and route selection

Route selection and management

A ‘Human Impact Route Assessment’ (HIRA) tool has been developed to help construction contractors and trucking companies assess the risks to their proposed truck routes. The tool includes a number of dimensions such as the nature of the community and facilities along the proposed route, the infrastructure available for vulnerable road users, and specific event or time-based features. The tool aims to help choose the best routes for protecting VRUs.

Traffic management plans and compliance

A review of how traffic management could improve VRU safety around work sites has resulted in the development of the ‘Guidelines for the Consideration of Vulnerable Road Users around Construction Sites’. The guideline has been made available to contractors with construction sites which would impact on public areas and roadways.

Safer vehicles: Vehicle safety equipment

Improved equipment is fitted to heavy vehicles servicing the Metro Tunnel worksites to enhance safety conditions for VRUs. This equipment includes side under-run protection, cameras/mirrors/sensors to eliminate blind spots, signage warning VRUs about blind spots, and devices to sound a warning when the vehicle is about to turn left.