Traffic Noise Reduction Policy Review - Stage 2 Consultation

The VicRoads Traffic Noise Reduction Policy sets noise levels for Victoria's freeways and a number of other major roads. The policy ensures that the traffic noise from Victoria’s freeways and some major roads is kept at a reasonable level and that priority to reduce traffic noise focuses on those locations with the highest noise levels.

The current Traffic Noise Reduction Policy was last updated in 2005. Since that time, Victoria’s towns and cities have continued to grow, leading to more traffic on our roads. There are also a greater numbers of trucks travelling at night to avoid daytime congestion.

VicRoads is conducting a review of its Traffic Noise Reduction Policy in response to the increasing traffic on our roads over the last ten years. The review seeks to balance economic, environmental and social needs within the existing infrastructure as well addressing potential issues in future transport.

In March and April 2015, we asked for community input on this issue. A summary of what you shared with us is available here.

This informed a discussion paper that is the basis of the second stage of community consultation.

Discussion paper

The discussion paper presents some broad principles for seeking further community input regarding the management of traffic noise across Victoria’s freeways and major roads.

This consultation is now closed and we would like to thank all participants for their time and consideration in preparing submissions.

The feedback and comments we received throughout the two stages of community consultation will inform our thinking regarding revisions to the current policy and future directions on the way we manage traffic noise along State roads


The VicRoads Traffic Noise Reduction Policy sets noise levels for Victoria's freeways and a number of other major roads. The policy ensures that the traffic noise from Victoria’s freeways and some major roads is kept at a reasonable level and that priority to reduce traffic noise focuses on those locations with the highest noise levels.

The current Traffic Noise Reduction Policy was last updated in 2005. Since that time, Victoria’s towns and cities have continued to grow, leading to more traffic on our roads. There are also a greater numbers of trucks travelling at night to avoid daytime congestion.

VicRoads is conducting a review of its Traffic Noise Reduction Policy in response to the increasing traffic on our roads over the last ten years. The review seeks to balance economic, environmental and social needs within the existing infrastructure as well addressing potential issues in future transport.

In March and April 2015, we asked for community input on this issue. A summary of what you shared with us is available here.

This informed a discussion paper that is the basis of the second stage of community consultation.

Discussion paper

The discussion paper presents some broad principles for seeking further community input regarding the management of traffic noise across Victoria’s freeways and major roads.

This consultation is now closed and we would like to thank all participants for their time and consideration in preparing submissions.

The feedback and comments we received throughout the two stages of community consultation will inform our thinking regarding revisions to the current policy and future directions on the way we manage traffic noise along State roads


Forum

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    What are your views on a principle based approach to road traffic noise management?

    CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.

    The discussion paper explores the option of a policy objective and four guiding principles. Please share your views on a principle based approach to road traffic noise management. 


    The discussion paper explores the option of a policy objective and four guiding principles. Please share your views on a principle based approach to road traffic noise management. 


    07 Aug 2015, 03:46 PM
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    What are your views on whether noise criteria should be lower aspirational targets or higher strict limits?

    CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.

    Alternative approaches to define noise criteria are discussed in the paper. Please share your views on whether noise criteria should be lower aspirational targets or higher strict limits. 

    Alternative approaches to define noise criteria are discussed in the paper. Please share your views on whether noise criteria should be lower aspirational targets or higher strict limits. 

    07 Aug 2015, 03:48 PM
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    What are your views on the application of 'reasonable' and 'feasible' for road traffic noise management?

    CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.

    The discussion paper explores the concepts of 'reasonable' and 'feasible' and how they can be applied to decide the most cost effective option to reduce noise levels. Please share your views on the application of these concepts for road traffic noise management.

    The discussion paper explores the concepts of 'reasonable' and 'feasible' and how they can be applied to decide the most cost effective option to reduce noise levels. Please share your views on the application of these concepts for road traffic noise management.

    07 Aug 2015, 03:49 PM