Port Access Road opening a boon for trucks

Trucks travelling to Port of Townsville now have dedicated route to end the need to travel through residential streets

November 27, 2012

Trucks heading to the Port of Townsville in Queensland will no longer need to use residential streets after the opening of a new dedicated heavy vehicle route.

The Townsville Port Access Road has opened after four years of construction, with federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister Anthony Albanese saying it will take more than 500 trucks a day off the city’s suburban streets.

He says the figure is expected to grow as the transport industry takes advantage of the new purpose-built access to and from the port.

"As a designated heavy vehicle route, this new road will provide trucks and road trains access to the port 24 hours a day, seven days a week, without the need for permits or trundling through residential streets," Albanese says.

"The direct link to the port will improve freight efficiency, boost the productivity of the local agricultural and resources industries and support the rapid economic development taking place in the region."

Albanese says the new route is part of the Federal Government’s $420 million investment in Townsville’s road network.

The Federal Government contributed $95 million to the $217 million Townsville Port Access Road, with the Queensland Government funding the remaining $122 million.

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