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Drive safely on the new Toowoomba Bypass - Driver's Perspective.
2019 QTA Industry Awards-Media Release 7.9.19.pdf
The following Media Statement and Information Bulletin has been received late this afternoon and contains important information in relation to heavy vehicle access changes for the flyover bridge connecting the Gateway Motorway to the Bruce Highway at Bald Hills. If your company drivers use this particular piece of infrastructure, please make them aware of the changes.
MEDIA STATEMENT - 30 August 2019
Access changes for Gateway Motorway flyover bridge
Heavy vehicle access changes will be in place from 1 September on the flyover bridge connecting the Gateway Motorway to the Bruce Highway northbound at Bald Hills.
Transport and Main Roads Regional Director for Metropolitan Region Mr Patrick Dennehy said access changes were precautionary but necessary following structural investigations.
“These restrictions will ensure the ongoing safety for all road users,” Mr Dennehy said.
“The structure is safe, and this is just a precautionary measure until strengthening works can be completed.”
Mr Dennehy said restrictions would be imposed requiring most heavy vehicles to travel in the left-hand lane only.
“Some very heavy vehicles will be required to travel in the centre of the bridge under guidance,” he said.
“We ask other motorists to have patience and give these vehicles the space they need.
"The department will engage with heavy vehicle operators to facilitate the movement of these very heavy loads where possible.”
Signage, including variable speed and variable message signs, will be installed to ensure safety and provide advice to operators and the travelling public regarding these changes.
Mr Dennehy said design works were already underway for the strengthening works.
More than 40,000 vehicles travel northbound along the Gateway Motorway and over this bridge each weekday, and the majority of these vehicles won’t be impacted.
The recently opened Gateway Upgrade North project has provided relief for motorists and the recently announced Australian and Queensland Governments' joint commitment of $1 billion for the upgrade between Bracken Ridge and Bruce Highway will allow this critical road upgrade work to continue.
“We apologise for any inconvenience caused and thank the community and industry for their patience while further works are undertaken,” he said.
For further information about the restrictions, visit www.tmr.qld.gov.au and search ‘Gateway Motorway flyover’.
Gateway Flyover Stakeholder Notification
Media Release - 12 August 2019
Expression of Interest
As members know the QTA has been strongly arguing for a fair toll on the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing (TSRC) over the last several years.
The earlier indications of what a toll might be and in particular the proposed much larger toll for super heavy (multi-combinations) was unacceptable.
I am pleased to be able to tell you that Minister Bailey and the Palaszczuk Government have clearly listened and today have announced the toll arrangements which are a good result particularly the dropping of the super heavy (multi-combinations) toll proposal.
The toll at $22.85 for all heavy trucks/combinations over 4.5 tonne is very comparable to the Gateway Motorway rate.
The following media release is as released by Minister Bailey.
Any queries or questions, please give the QTA office a call.
Media Release by Minister for Transport & Main Roads, Hon Mark Bailey - 30.07.2019
Toll-free opening for Toowoomba Second Range Crossing in September
The toll point on the TSRC is located at Cranley, east of the Mort Street Interchange.
All heavy vehicles will be required to use the TSRC except vehicles with a local destination in Toowoomba, or travelling to, or from, the Warwick area via the New England Highway.
Vehicles with a destination in Toowoomba (ie to supply goods, services) will be exempt from the mandate.
Buses, motorhomes and motorised caravans over 4.5 tonnes will also be exempt so these vehicles can continue to stop in Toowoomba and contribute to the local economy.
TSRC tolling will be managed by Transurban Queensland, trading as Linkt (previously known as govia).
Motorists with an existing Linkt account, or an account with another Australian toll provider, can use their current payment arrangement on the TSRC.
The 41km-long TSRC is a $1.6 billion project, jointly funded by the Australian and Queensland Governments. It connects the Warrego Highway in the east with the interstate Gore Highway in the west, passing Withcott at the foot of the Toowoomba Range and the Toowoomba CBD.
For more information on tolling and heavy vehicle management arrangements on the TSRC, visit the TSRC website http://www.tmr.qld.gov.au/TSRC or phone 13 12 30, anytime.
The QTA Ltd Annual Industry Awards are the feature of the Annual Dinner & Awards Night acknowledging those who display excellence, dedication and commitment to the Road Freight Industry in Queensland.
We encourage you/your company to nominate those within your business or industry colleagues who deserve the recognition for their achievement and contribution to the industry.
To find out more about the 2019 QTA Industry Award categories, including selection criteria and how to nominate, please click here. Alternatively, please download a hard copy of the full Award Selection Criteria and Nomination Form document.
Note: Awards nominations are open to QTA Member companies or individuals from QTA member companies only.
Nominations must close Friday, 9 August 2019.
The 2019 QTA Industry Award Winners will be announced at the QTA Annual Dinner & Awards Night to be held at the Royal International Convention Centre (RNA Showgrounds) on Saturday, 7 September 2019 (see above).
Note: Only one Award will be presented for each Award Category.
QTA CEO's Message - Transporter E-News, 5/7/19
The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator has developed a new information campaign to promote safety around heavy vehicles and influence light vehicle drivers’ behaviour when driving around trucks.
The We need space to keep you safe campaign features three videos which provide some insight from a truck driver’s perspective on how they need space to keep road users safe, with tips on avoiding blind spots, leaving space for turning trucks and overtaking safely.
In addition to the videos, there are animations, posters and factsheets to support the campaign, all downloadable from www.weneedspace.com.au.
This is an important safety initiative and we would greatly appreciate your assistance in helping us to extending this message to as many people as possible by sharing the campaign through your own networks and social media channels.
If you don’t already, please follow us on our social media channels on Facebook and Instagram (@nhvrofficial), and Twitter (@nhvr) to keep updated on the campaign.
This week the QTA Board of Directors endorsed the Strategic Plan for 2019-2020.
The plan outlines the Association's priorities and issues we are continuously focused on to improve industry conditions.
To read the Strategic Plan for 2019-202 click here.