11am: WITH much discussion online about the proposed route for one type of road trains to get to Rockhampton's abattoirs through the city, we have created a poll based on the main reactions so far.

>>>Check out what readers think of the proposed route

Overview:

  • The State Government has released details of a $30 million solution to the city's long-running cattle transport issues
  • The new route to the abattoirs involves upgrades to intersections at Moores Creek Rd and Musgrave St and Queen Elizabeth Dr and Lakes Creek Rd.
  • The road train cattle trucks would head north over the Neville Hewitt Bridge and turn right into Musgrave St to then access Lakes Creek Rd.

The poll closes at noon on Friday:

What do you think of the proposed cattle road train route through Rockhampton?

This poll ended on 18 March 2016.

Current Results

It is a good route

10%

It looks like a dangerous route

46%

It is too long and won't be taken up by truck drivers

42%

I am undecided

1%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

9.45am: A COUPLE of road train drivers have spoken against the proposed route being put forward by the State Government that would allow road trains in Rockhampton streets.

Andrew Hunter  posted on The Bulletin's Facebook post "Just another stupid dogleg for a cattle rig driver will have to clock 30+ mins extra to his logbook. And if he is ready to rest he will have to pull the B Double load up for a rest stop in Nth Rockhampton before meat works. Ask the primemover driver, they prefer the quickest route to a degree to curb fatigue. The debacle will continue even after the detour planned.

Plus a Tilt camber in the road near squash bowl makes unsuitable for top heavy loaded trailers. Australia Post use that route now, since the High Street ute squash incident against traffic lights.

The 2nd argument will start l Exhaust braking. Will govt install exhaust bafflers or buy the primemover company - Euro designed b doubled rated cattle rigs.

Exhaust brakes are a safety feature for heavy loads & music to any truckies ears. Council will have to upgrade pothole patrols also upping costs on roadworks."

Andrew Abel  said "I drive cattle trucks an this is an absolute joke...more lights,' more stop starts, more stress on the cattle and I agree with you Ryan turning out of Queen Elizabeth would be an absolute nightmare." 

 

5am: CATTLE road trains would swing around Stockland Rockhampton as part of a $30 million solution to the city's long-running transport delivery issues which have hindered the CQ beef industry.

The new route to the North Rockhampton abattoirs, announced yesterday as part of the Palaszczuk government's $500 million State Infrastructure Plan, involves upgrades to intersections at Moores Creek Rd and Musgrave St and Queen Elizabeth Dr and Lakes Creek Rd.

The road train cattle trucks would head north over the Neville Hewitt Bridge and turn right into Musgrave St to then access Lakes Creek Rd.

Currently Type 1 multi-trailer road trains are banned from travelling through Rockhampton's CBD zone. Instead drivers must uncouple their loads at Gracemere and cart one trailer at a time to the meat works

State Member for Rockhampton Bill Byrne said the state had committed $10 million to stage 1 of the Rockhampton Road Train Access upgrade and he called on the Federal Government to support the further stages of the project with a $20 million contribution.

"These upgrades, once complete, will cater for larger Type 1 road train vehicles to utilise the intersections, which will ultimately save the industry time and increase freight efficiency to the abattoirs," he said.

"While stage 1 of the upgrade will see significant improvement for the industry, there is still more to be done to improve road train access for the beef industry.

"I have spoken directly with shadow prime minister Bill Shorten and he has indicated that a Labor federal government would provide further funding to see more work done on upgrading the beef roads in Rockhampton."

Road train access through Rockhampton has been the focus of an economic study conducted over the past six months.

Mr Byrne said with the study complete and a viable route option identified, design work would now begin on stage 1 of the project to take up to six months to complete, with construction expected to start in the first half of 2017.

A map of the predicted route road trains will travel through Rockhampton.
A map of the predicted route road trains will travel through Rockhampton. Trinette Stevens

Mayor Margaret Strelow was delighted to see this "significant investment" from the State Government.

"We have known for a while that the cost of 'breaking down' trucks to allow them to move through the city to the meat works was adding big dollars for primary producers who are transporting cattle," she said.

"I know this has been high on our community's wish list and high on Bill Byrne's agenda too.

"This is good news for local jobs as well."

Federal Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry said she will push for a share of federal funding towards the cost of road upgrades to road trains to transport cattle directly to the city's two major abattoirs.

We are the "Beef Capital" of Australia, so it makes a lot of sense to fund this project to help reduce costs to beef producers and save cattle from waiting longer in the sun on a trailer at Gracemere, where they can be losing condition," Ms Landry said. "But it must be realised that the state Labor government has a lot of work to do here.

"The state must come up with a proper cost and plan for any roadworks and also guarantee 20% of the cost.

"If an application was successful under the Commonwealth Beef Roads Fund, then the Federal Government would chip in up to 80% of the costs."

$300 million to be invested in seven major road and rail upgrades across the state, including:

Ipswich Motorway Upgrade, Stage 1 Darra to Rocklea

Pacific Motorway-Gateway Motorway Merge Upgrade

North Coast Line Capacity Improvement Project

Dawson Hwy (Gladstone - Biloela) timber bridge replacement package

Rockhampton Road Train Access, Stage 1

Kawana and Nicklin Way - Sunshine Coast University Hospital intersection

Riverway Drive duplication, Townsville

Readers thoughts on the proposed route:

Ryan Mathew Newport - Why on earth would you have them turn at queen Elizabeth and lakes ck road when little Musgrave st and lakes ck road has a massive open block at the end of it that could be better used as a turning lane.

Roslyn Svensen - Utilize our rail network. Unload from trucks on the southside and use cattle trains to bring them to the meatworks.

Joanne Coulter - That's why they have done this but not a good idea in its planning. It is to avoid already uncoupling the carriages and creating extra work. A decent bridge across the south side would also reduce congestion from coastal traffic to the CBD. Have been told its the route taken by the Australia Post trucks but they are not as big and not as heavy. Big difference between them and double decker road trains loaded with cattle. And got a good lean in the road from the Bowling Alley to the intersection.

Hugh Hartwig -  I agree with Roslyn. Albiet differ from
The loading point. I think it would be far more beneficial to load at the Gracemere sale yards siding. They would have to relay the line across the highway and install sufficient active protection (boom gates). The infrastructure is mostly there. The rail has just been cut before the highway so as to be able to stow track machines.

Amy Manning - Just build another bridge down depot hill red bridge so no one has to smell the rotten things they really stink its a wonder we dont all have q fever as it comes from the urine and poo of cattle and its all over our main roads good look for the city I must say

Nick Kinbacher - This is a joke. Lets take a b double or a triple through the center of rocky where the most traffic is great idea. Why not just put another bridge across?

Andrew Hunter - A Dogleg a waste for cattle truck drivers. Extra logbook hour. Roadrage etc. Traffic.

Andrew Abel - I drive cattle trucks an this is an absolute joke...more lights,' more stop starts, more stress on the cattle and I agree with you Ryan turning out of Queen Elizabeth would be an absolute nightmare

Ross N Tracey Hood - It would be more economical to build a new meatworks south or west of Rocky then a new bridge and road system wouldn't it. Of course that wouldn't help those coming from the north, except they could use the planned Rockhampton bypass to access the same new meatworks.

 

Follow the discussion here:

Construction is expected to start in the first half of 2017: http://ow.ly/ZpjvB

Posted by The Morning Bulletin on Sunday, March 13, 2016


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