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TransLink rejects New West truck request 0

By Michael Mui, 24 Hours Vancouver

New Westminster residents want trucks off of many residential streets. (MICHAEL MUI/24 HOURS)

New Westminster residents want trucks off of many residential streets. (MICHAEL MUI/24 HOURS)

Semis rumbling through New Westminster’s residential streets will continue after the TransLink board of directors rejected a city proposal to oust trucks from three municipal roads.

According to a statement released to 24 hours, TransLink made the decision at its July 18 board meeting to keep trucks on Royal Avenue, East Eighth Avenue and parts of East Columbia Street.

A decision on a fourth street, Ewen Avenue, has been deferred.

“We understand the City of New Westminster’s concerns about the impact of truck routes in the community, and we have directed TransLink to work with the city towards a long-term solution,” said Marcella Szel, board chairwoman, in the statement.

TransLink said it took feedback from Surrey, Richmond, Coquitlam, Burnaby, Port Metro Vancouver, BC Trucking Association and Greater Vancouver Gateway Council before making its decision.

According to feedback TransLink received, some groups, such as the BC Trucking Association, were concerned a new route won’t open up if the New West routes are closed.

Surrey, according to the feedback, said the changes would “impinge” on the efficiency of goods movement along the Pattullo and suggested the route-change discussion should be discussed as part of the bridge review.

Richmond, meanwhile, is worried about trucks going through its muncipality instead of New West should the changes occur.

But New West residents such as Diane Butler, the president of the local Downtown Residents’ Association, see the decision as a disservice to the muncipality.

“They do not take into account anything but traffic,” she said.

“Not the dangers they create. If they want this then build roads and accommodate truck traffic and get out of residential neighbourhoods.”

Butler said she’d like trucks to be banned from using the Pattullo as one possible solution.

“Where’s the logic in all this? The trucks don’t really do anything for us, we’re just a way back and forth — we’re a means to get to the bridge.”

 

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