CHAOS: More trucks coming.
CHAOS: More trucks coming.

Community concerns over h'way use

THE revelation the volume of trucks on the Pacific Highway will double by 2020 has caused a major worry within the community.

Coffs Coast residents flooded our website with their views on the issue, while Coffs Harbour City Council mayor Keith Rhoades and other North Coast mayors made it high on the agenda when they met with the NSW State and Regional Development Minister Ian Macdonald yesterday.

Cr Rhoades said they had spoken about how the long-haul trucks were now saving one and a half hours between Sydney and Brisbane and with the completion of further works this would improve again.

“The sections that are uncompleted are a fairly heavy cocktail of disaster,” Cr Rhoades said.

“That is where the accidents are happening and there is the possibility of even more heavy vehicles, because the economy of time gives truck drivers a good incentive to come over from the New England Highway.”

Comments left by readers on our website suggest Coffs Coast residents want to know why rail is not being considered as a viable alternative for transportation, while others feel the issue is insignificant because ‘the bypass is supposed to be finished by 2016’.

Bulldozer1 from Sawtell: People have got to consider using australian crude merchant shipping city to city using one ship for every 3000 trucks on the road and less than one per cent of the greenhouse emission for the same payload.

laarz from Coffs Harbour: Dangerous Stray Semi Missiles vs Guided Rail Have they heard of ‘PEAK OIL’?

By 2015 some say even earlier we will have a serious short supply of basic crude oil to manufacture even the most basic of fuel diesel. We need to make better efficiency or use of these precious resources like utilising the current rail infrastructure to transport especially freight around our wide brown land.

Expect huge price spikes of fuel in the very near future. We saw a glimpse of it just prior to the GFC.

FJohnson from Queensland: If trucks are what keeps the country running why do we still have the noise- making, diesel fuel burning particulate producing behemoths of yester-year?

johilder from Boambee: ...and we have a perfectly good railway line running right up the eastern seaboard...vastly under utilised.

I wonder at times if it’s not the oil companies driving this push to keep freight on the roads.



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