As part of Victoria’s Big Build there is an increasing presence of trucks on our roads as they transport material, equipment and machinery. This means more potential interactions between pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists (referred to as vulnerable road users) and trucks.

As Rail Projects Victoria conducts our program of works, the safety of our workers and the public is our number one priority.

We are working to reduce the risks to vulnerable road users through a range of approaches:

  • fitting additional safety equipment to some of 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.

Keeping you safe around Metro Tunnel worksites

Safer drivers: Driving training

We are working collaboratively with our contractors to develop truck driver awareness training around safely sharing the roads with vulnerable road users.

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 initiative 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’ events - 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 and routes: Traffic management and route selection

Best practice guidance for traffic management

A best practice guidance has been developed to provide those with responsibility for traffic management plans a source to determine whether the safety of pedestrians and cyclists have been adequately considered around construction sites.

The guideline has been made available to contractors with construction sites which would impact on public areas and roadways.

Route selection and management

A ‘Human Impact Route Assessment’ 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
  • specific event or time-based features.

The tool aims to help choose the best routes for protecting vulnerable road users.

Safer vehicles: Truck safety features

We are working collaboratively with our contractors to progressively fit safety equipment to some of the heavy vehicles servicing the higher risk worksites to enhance safety conditions for vulnerable road users.

This equipment includes:

  • side under-run protection
  • cameras, mirrors and sensors to eliminate blind spots
  • signage warning vulnerable road users about blind spots
  • devices to sound a warning when the vehicle is about to turn left.

Construction Truck and Community Safety Project

The Department of Transport has developed new materials to help protect the safety of pedestrians, bicycle riders and motorcyclists when they’re travelling near construction worksites and around construction trucks. Vis

Visit the Construction Truck and Community Safety Project page on the VicRoads website to view the resources developed to help state and local government, developers and utilities better manage construction projects and the construction industry improve delivery, with more consideration for vulnerable road users.