Case for three trail­ers

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News -

JAYDE Trans­port man­ager Ray U’Chong wants lim­ited use of three-trailer road trains, an is­sue high­lighted at a re­cent public meet­ing about the pro­posed Perth Freight Link (PFL).

“What I want is to just run three trail­ers around the Fre­man­tle port area, be­tween mid­night and dawn, for bet­ter pro­duc­tiv­ity, bet­ter use of equip­ment and re­duced emis­sions and get more con­tain­ers off the wharf ready for the morn­ing’s de­liv­er­ies,” North Fre­man­tle-based Mr U’Chong, who is also chair­man of the WA Road Trans­port As­so­ci­a­tion, said.

He said he didn’t want triple-trail­ers on other routes, in­clud­ing Curtin Av­enue through Cottes­loe where trucks are cur­rently lim­ited to a com­bi­na­tion of a full 20ft and a full 40ft con­tainer, and two empty 40ft con­tain­ers be­tween the For­rest­field rail hub and the port.

The in­dus­try also wants to carry full 40ft con­tain­ers on the PFL from For­rest­field to the port, which Mr U’Chong said would get trucks and their con­tain­ers to where they were needed.

“About 15 to 18 years ago, the State Gov­ern­ment was talk­ing about places like Malaga and Os­borne Park as in­dus­trial ar­eas, but they never built their truck routes or con­tainer trailer park­ing,” he said.

A Main Roads WA spokesman said truck lengths and safety is­sues were be­ing in­ves­ti­gated.

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