No escape for truckies on new toll road
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.