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Hartsuyker welcomes exclusion of Pacific Highway from B-Triple network.

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Luke Hartsuyker MP Federal Member for Cowper


July 9, 2007

Hartsuyker welcomes exclusion of Pacific Highway from B-Triple network The Nationals Federal Member for Cowper, Luke Hartsuyker, today welcomed the announcement that B-Triples will not be permitted on the Pacific Highway.

The Federal Minister for Transport and Regional Services, Mark Vaile, today released a B-Triple network where three trailer vehicles will be able to use an identified network of roads.

Mr Hartsuyker said no roads east of the Newell Highway have been included in the B-Triple network - with the exception of Narrabri to the Queensland border.

“Although I acknowledge the environmental and productive benefits of the B-Triples, in my view it was not appropriate for the B-Triples to have access to the Pacific Highway.

“Whilst there is currently significant works occurring on the Pacific Highway, I believe it is inappropriate that B-Triples are permitted to use the road.

“The B-Triple network released today identifies roads from Townsville in Queensland through to Adelaide, Darwin and Perth.

“It reflects the need for road transport to be more productive and the fact that two B-Triples can do the work of five semi-trailers. The new network also recognises that B-Triples are more stable than road trains which are currently used on many of the routes.”

Mr Hartsuyker said the absence of Pacific Highway from the B-Triple network provided an opportunity for more freight to be carried on rail.

“More than $500 million is currently being invested on upgrading the rail freight route between Sydney and Brisbane.

“Once complete, this will reduce the travelling time for freight trains by almost four hours and will take 120,000 semi trailers off road and onto rail each year.”


Attached: A copy of the B-Triple network