Road Train Convoy Curfew To Be Reviewed

Road Train Convoy Curfew To Be Reviewed

Western Australia Minister for Transport Troy Buswell

Swan Valley Curfew On Road Trains To Be Lifted For Three-Month Trial

Victor P Taffa

Main Roads WA will trial the removal of heavy haulage curfews on the Upper Swan Valley section of Great Northern Highway, to create improved transport efficiencies for operators.

The curfew applied to all road trains from 30 m long up to a maximum length of 36.5 m, except for vehicles carrying livestock.  Road trains were not permitted to travel along Great Northern Highway through the Swan Valley between the hours of 9 am and 6 pm on weekends and public holidays.

Transport Minister Troy Buswell said it was timely to re-examine the need for this curfew on this section of the highway, which runs from the intersection with Roe Highway in Middle Swan to the Apple Street road train assembly area.

“This section of the highway has been upgraded substantially in recent times to dual lane highway in both directions with turning pockets.” Mr. Buswell said.

“The curfews prevent road trains from operating between 9 am and 6 pm on weekends and public holidays, which is creating ‘convoys’ of road trains trying to leave Perth as soon as the curfew is lifted.”

“This can be counter-productive to road safety when road users are confronted with a line of big trucks.”

“Following a review by Main Roads, and consultation with community and industry stakeholders, including significant input from local MLC Alyssa Hayden, the trial will see the lifting of the weekend and public holiday curfews.” Mr. Buswell said.

The trial will also include allowing some oversize loads between 6.5 m and 8.5 m in width to travel along this section of highway on Wednesdays and Thursdays. This is expected to alleviate some of the delays experienced by other traffic using the highway on weekends, which is when such oversize load moves have previously occurred.

The three month trial will begin on May 28, 2011.