Linfox considers arterial routes to avoid CityLink


Clarifying earlier reports, company says it is looking at high-capacity urban roads to escape paying increased Melbourne toll

Linfox considers arterial routes to avoid CityLink
The company is currently exploring alternative route options for its fleet.

 

Linfox is considering alternative routes to avoid Melbourne’s CityLink network following the announcement to increase toll costs starting April 1.

The company says it is currently exploring options to use arterial roads in order to avoid using the 22km toll road network.

Referring to quotes attributed to founder Lindsay Fox in a report by the Herald Sun that suggested the company is looking at suburban route options to avoid CityLink, a company spokesperson tells ATN that the company is only considering high-capacity urban roads including many arterial roads that are designed to handle freight vehicles.

"The Herald Sun article indicates that we are going to bring trucks on all suburban roads, which is not exactly correct," the spokesperson says.

"We are considering using arterial roads to avoid using CityLink."

The Victorian Transport Association had predicted that the increased toll rule will trigger such a move from trucking operators.

The transport body has since released industry guidance for members on how to pass the increased costs to customers in a "fair" and "just" manner.

The Container Transport Alliance Australia (CTAA) shares VTA’s opinion that the administrative costs must be passed on along the supply chain, and along with the Australian Trucking Association, it has expressed dismay at the decision by the state government and Transurban to pass the lion’s share of the hike on trucks.

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