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NSW opens up Newell Highway road train access

Full access for vehicles up to 36.5 metres long announced


Road train operators can now access the entire length of the Newell Highway, in a move said to unlock efficiency gains for the movement of freight from border to border.

The NSW government announced gazetted access would now be available to all eligible vehicles up to 36.5 metres long along more than 1,000km of highway, including through Parkes, irrespective of the cargo carried.

Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said providing end-to-end access for all eligible vehicles up to 36.5m long and Performance Based Standards (PBS) Level 3 vehicles on the Newell was a huge win for the freight industry.

“This is a game changer for people moving product along one of our State’s most important freight corridors,” Toole said.

“We trialled this expanded road train access through the drought and again through last year’s bumper grain harvest and we know it provides significant productivity and safety gains, potentially reducing truck movements by as much as 40 per cent.

Recent developmenta on Newell overtaking lanes, here

“Parkes was the last section of the Newell where road trains were restricted but the trials we did with road trains to move fodder through drought and last year’s harvest has guided this change.

“By granting road trains permanent access to the last remaining section of the highway without the need for a permit, it willimprove the efficiency, sustainability and safety of freight transport in the region which is developing into an important freight hub.

“As we know, these higher productivity vehicles are able move as much as 63 percent more freight per trip than a 26m B-Double heavy vehicle, which means less trucks on our road, greater efficiency and reduced costs.”

The move gained support from the National Road Transport Association (NatRoad), with CEO Warren Clark noting the important step for operators of higher productivity vehicles (HPVs).

“Initiatives that improve access for HPVs and make the freight task more efficient and safer are always welcome,” Clark said.


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