Truck stop squeeze

Pilbara News - - News - ■ Ali­cia Perera

A large trans­former in­stalled near the Roe­bourne road­house for the Pil­bara Un­der­ground Power Pro­ject is caus­ing prob­lems for the busi­ness and its truckie cus­tomers

The trans­former, in­stalled in De­cem­ber for the pro­ject’s se­cond phase, has been placed in the middle of empty land used as an in­for­mal truck stop next to the Roe­bourne BP ser­vice sta­tion.

Sev­eral street­lights will also be in­stalled there in com­ing months.

Roe­bourne BP Road­house man­ager Tim Foster said the trans­former’s lo­ca­tion was af­fect­ing his busi­ness.

“There is only one (triple) truck that can park there now,” he said.

“We used to get three or four come in there.

“Truck­ies gen­er­ally spend a fair bit, they have mas­sive fuel tanks, and they buy enough for the whole day. So if you’re lim­it­ing that to one at a time, it makes it dif­fi­cult.”

Half the truck stop land be­longs to the road­house and half is the City of Kar­ratha’s, which funds pro­ject provider Hori­zon Power.

The trans­former is on the City’s half of the land.

A spokes­woman for Hori­zon Power said the com­pany con­sid­ered elec­tri­cal in­fra­struc­ture lo­ca­tions care­fully, in­clud­ing this trans­former.

“The trans­former is lo­cated as far down the verge as pos­si­ble to min­imise ac­cess is­sues to the land in ques­tion, for both cur- rent and pos­si­ble fu­ture uses,” she said.

Mr Foster said there were also is­sues when truck­ies with nowhere else to park in Roe­bourne stopped on the side of the road.

He said he had spo­ken to Hori­zon Power, which may re­move one of the four planned street­lights to im­prove ac­cess.

Mr Foster said other than that, the busi­ness could do lit­tle.

“At the end of the day they are well within their rights to put the trans­former there,” he said.

“But we are a small fam­ily cen­tre and in the cur­rent cli­mate it makes it harder to make a dol­lar.

“It’s not go­ing to take mil­lions (of dol­lars) a year, but it is go­ing to have an ef­fect.”

The Hori­zon Power spokesper­son said the street­lights would not af­fect ser­vice sta­tion ac­cess.

Pic­ture: Ali­cia Perera

This PUPP trans­former in the truck stop next to Roe­bourne BP Road­house is caus­ing prob­lems for the busi­ness and pass­ing truck­ies.

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