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Majura the key link in a B-triple grand plan

A B-triple truck.

A B-triple truck. Photo: Stephen Moynihan

The federal government is paving the way for B-triple trucks hauling huge wind farm components from the port at Eden through to the Hume Highway.

Sometimes called ''productivity vehicles'', B-triples are about 36 metres long, 10 longer than the B-doubles now using major highways, and could be trialled on the Hume Highway next year.

The trial coincides with billions of dollars worth of wind farms planned for a renewable energy belt from Yass to Crookwell, Collector and Goulburn.

Marking the start of work on the 11.5-kilometre Majura Parkway north-east of Canberra on Tuesday, Infrastructure and Transport Minister Anthony Albanese and MP for Eden Monaro Mike Kelly made much of the increased road capacity for trucks.

Mr Kelly said the $288 million project would create a seamless artery from the southern parts of NSW to the Hume Highway, linking with a concept for developing the port at Eden on the far south coast.

''I have been in talks with several large wind farms in the area to have them import their components through the Port of Eden and the works here will see that greatly facilitated,'' he said.

Mr Kelly said the road network has to cope with the greatest capacity the government can maintain. ''The issue of getting more trucks off the roads is important, so reducing the number of trucks and having seamless carriageways like this also reduces our carbon emissions.''

He said because time is money in business, it is important to improve the flow of economic activity.

''We have to make sure [B- triples] are in tune with capacity of the system in the region and certainly there is a lot of work to be done in that respect. I note the NSW government is doing surveys on capacity, so we have to make sure we have the capacity to sustain that kind of truck movement.

''On top of that, we have 20,000 vehicles a day crossing from the Queanbeyan area into the ACT to work and the east-west traffic in that respect will be greatly facilitated and smoothed out through the overpass that will happen around the airport,'' Mr Kelly said. ''if we can also improve Pialligo Road we could achieve that bypass effect on Queanbeyan we are looking for.''

Hauling cattle and minerals from mining on the parkway will also create growing demand, and un-clogging a road artery is a huge benefit for the region, according to Mr Kelly.

Majura Valley Landcare Group founder Sherry McArdle-English said starting Majura Parkway should mark the beginning of a dream of creating a rural valley synonymous with the bush capital of Australia.

Ms McArdle-English, a truffle farmer, wants a master plan and longer leases to enable members to raise finance for their enterprises, from wine to free-range eggs.

''Let's start planning now so we don't lose this wonderful rural atmosphere,'' she said.

30 comments

  • Now is the right time to identify a straight 1/4 mile section of new Majura roadworks that could be used for 1/8th mile controlled legal drag racing.
    How difficult would it be to build cross overs at each end of the allocated section to two lanes for ten hours one day a month, simply just ten hours a month.
    There are a lot of the drag racing fraternity within the ACT who have excellent product knowledge to safely and securely control these events.
    Having successfully pidgeon holed genuine ACT motorsport participants and supporters, in this instance drag racers as 2nd class ACT citizens The ACT Green Labor government at least owe these people the courtesy of investigating such a proposal which have proved very successful attracting quality entrants across many supportive regional areas of Australia.

    Commenter
    Nitro Gangster
    Location
    ACT
    Date and time
    February 06, 2013, 10:07AM
    • You sound very familiar to a call on 2cc this morning. I admire your tenacity.

      Commenter
      Deutsch
      Location
      Canberra
      Date and time
      February 06, 2013, 12:25PM
    • I think it is time to get that Company started, sell some sales and build your own racing precinct (or seek development in Goulbourn) as the Government will being doing something close to nothing for you.

      The more important issue remains WHY it is taking so long to build ANY road in Canberra. Roadworks, roadwoks every where and not a worker to see.

      Commenter
      Outraged of Palmerston
      Date and time
      February 06, 2013, 12:31PM
    • Sorry Deutsch, thanks for the thought, wasn't I but I am passionate about my sport and having been reamed by both ACT Liberal and Labor governments I can't let it go, it's called justice but sadly the strength in numbers that was there has collapsed due to lies and deceit,

      Commenter
      Nitro Gangster
      Location
      ACT
      Date and time
      February 06, 2013, 1:38PM
    • Novel concept... no doubt you have thought of a way of cleaning up all the rubber and goop on the road surface, trash left by spectators and setting up portable bleachers and timing gear, all in that 10 hours?

      I support a dragway, it's a pity the $8 million promised by Labor/Stanhope in their 04/05 budget didn't materialise.

      Commenter
      Overit
      Date and time
      February 06, 2013, 2:09PM
  • Why would you want to bring wind farm components from Eden along the poor road from Eden to Canberra when you could ship them in at Sydney and send them stright down the Hume Highway ?, I am all for providing jobs in The Port of Eden but the ncessary road and port ungrades just does not add up

    Commenter
    jake
    Location
    Canberra
    Date and time
    February 06, 2013, 10:18AM
    • Labor MP Mike Kelly must think He has a really good chance of getting re-elected next election if He thinks those long, extendable trailers that carry the blades and pylon sections of wind farm towers would make it up the hairpin bends on the Brown or Clyde mountains.
      I've driven both road's, seen the loaded trailers, talked to people in His electorate, it just isn't going to happen.

      Commenter
      dusty
      Location
      monaro dreamin
      Date and time
      February 06, 2013, 11:59AM
    • Why has our national rail transport network decayed to such a disgraceful level of capability and performance that people would seriously consider putting these juggernauts on our roads?

      Commenter
      doh
      Date and time
      February 06, 2013, 12:24PM
    • Even if you could take them part of the way by train, you'd still need to put them on a truck to take to the windmill site.

      Commenter
      enno
      Location
      sydney
      Date and time
      February 06, 2013, 11:48PM
  • Kelly is dreamin....Brown mountian is in the way!

    I'm not sure if any semis use that road. Only single trailer semis can use Clyde mountain. Then what about the rest of the road bwteeen Majura parkway and Eden...no way NSW or the Feds will cough up to bypass Cooma, improve the road to through Nimitabel to Brown Mtn, or the Bemboka to Bega stip to allo B doubles, let alone B triples!

    Jeez, up tli then I thought Kelly had a chjance of being re-elected. Clearly off with the fairies!

    Commenter
    Ummm...what about Brown Mtn
    Date and time
    February 06, 2013, 11:20AM

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