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Trucks and vulnerable road users Transurban partnered with VicRoads, the Level Crossing Removal Authority and Rail Projects Victoria to take a proactive step towards eliminating serious injuries for vulnerable road users around major projects in Melbourne from increased construction truck movements. Forums with industry and peak groups identified four key safety issues on which to focus (truck standards, public engagement, route selection and traffic management). Initiatives in each of these areas have delivered practical outcomes and this issue is now included in the updated National Road Safety Action Plan. Road safety awareness To deliver on road safety initiatives and improve incident response times, operating procedures and community awareness, we recognise partnerships with local governments, emergency services and our operating partners are essential. We also work with the media to educate the public about the safe use of our roads. Encouraging safe behaviour, including proactive engagement with our customers, partners and the community, is part of Transurban’s approach to road safety.
Case study Tunnel evacuation simulation at Eastern Distributor In March 2018, Transurban conducted a full-scale emergency simulation exercise within the Eastern Distributor in NSW. The purpose of this exercise was to test the coordinated response and evacuation procedures for the motorway. Transurban arranged for key agencies including Police NSW, State Emergency Services, St John Ambulance, Fire and Rescue NSW, Roads and Maritime Services, Transport Management Centre and industry representatives to come together to conduct the exercise. The scenario, which involved more than 100 volunteers, plus almost the same number of logistics and support personnel, simulated a realistic significant incident within the tunnel, resulting in a mock fire and multiple accidents and injuries, in turn leading to the scenario of significant major congestion on the broader road network. With over 125,000 motorists on average each day relying on the Eastern Distributor to get to where they need to go, regular testing and maintenance of this critical infrastructure is important to ensure the safety of Sydney motorists. During the exercise, Transurban also trialled new technology with the aim of ensuring motorists can evacuate as safely and efficiently as possible, including: • SMS broadcast messaging to communicate information to those within the tunnel • additional digital CCTV cameras in the emergency egresses • directional illuminated exit signs to better guide evacuees on foot to safety • LED strip lighting around the egress doors to improve visibility of the safe egress route. This exercise is part of a series of activities conducted by Transurban across its assets to demonstrate a world’s best practice approach to emergency response procedures and road safety.
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