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Main Yarra Trail closure for cyclist’s safety

Friday 28 June, 2013

Floating sections of the Main Yarra Trail will be closed for the foreseeable future between Barkley Avenue, Burnley and Punt Road, Richmond from 10.00pm 28 June 2013.

The closure follows safety concerns and risks of injury for cyclists.

“The foating section of the pathway is now sitting on silt at low tide causing it to dramatically lean over to one side,” said Parks Victoria’s Melbourne Regional Director Chris Hardman.

“This along with wet and icy weather over winter has caused large numbers of cyclists to fall off their bikes, making this section of the Main Yarra Trail unsafe.”

Between 3000 and 4000 cyclists use the floating sections of the trail everyday.

Parks Victoria is working with Bicycle Network Victoria, City of Stonnington, City of Yarra and City of Melbourne to establish alternate routes while the trail is closed.

“We are currently reviewing options to address the safety issues on the floating pathways as soon as possible.  The safety of the users of this trail is of the highest importance and we apologise for the inconvenience caused to users of the trail during the closure. We will be assessing the pontoons to determine the next steps.”

Rangers will install signs and remove sections of the floating pathway to prevent access to the structure during its closure.  

Parks Victoria will keep the community informed of progress as more information becomes available.

Further details about the closure, including suggested alternate routes, are available on the Yarra River page in the Plans and projects section.



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Parks Victoria media centre

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