No es­cape for truck­ies on new toll road

Big Rigs - - NEWS -

THE push to force trucks on to toll roads con­tin­ues, this time in NSW where driv­ers are ex­pected to be mon­i­tored on Pen­nant Hills af­ter the com­ple­tion of the NorthCon­nex Tun­nel.

The issue raised its head ear­lier this month at a cer­e­mony to mark the start of the mo­tor­way’s con­struc­tion.

These mea­sures in­cluded the pos­si­bil­ity of mon­i­tor­ing cam­eras, and gantries to be in­stalled on the sub­ur­ban roads.

Roads Min­is­ter Dun­can Gay told the group a timer on the cam­eras would in­form au­thor­i­ties if a truck had left the route in an ef­fort to de­lib­er­ately by­pass the toll route.

How­ever, de­spite the re­ports and com­ments from the min­is­ter, Roads and Mar­itime Ser­vices re­mained tight-lipped about the changes.

The min­is­ter was only able to con­firm that op­tions were be­ing looked at, which may in­clude in­stalling gantries or other sen­sors to de­tect heavy ve­hi­cles us­ing Pen­nant Hills Road and us­ing signs, no­tices and per­mits or other traf­fic mea­sures.

Stake­hold­ers and the com­mu­nity will be ad­vised of the fi­nal method be­fore the tun­nel opens in 2019.

The NorthCon­nex project will save up to 15 min­utes in travel time and mean there are no traf­fic lights from New­cas­tle to Mel­bourne.

The spe­cific reg­u­la­tory op­tion to deal with trucks us­ing Pen­nant Hills Rd has not yet been de­ter­mined.

Trucks ser­vic­ing the lo­cal area will not be re­quired to use the tun­nel.

Dan­ger­ous goods ve­hi­cles will not be per­mit­ted in the tun­nel.

The NorthCon­nex project will save com­muters up to 15 min­utes in travel time and mean there are no traf­fic lights from New­cas­tle to Mel­bourne, im­prov­ing freight travel times for op­er­a­tors through­out Aus­tralia.


TAK­ING A TOLL: NSW Premier Gla­dys Bere­jik­lian.

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