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									B Double Routes
Introduction
Mid-Western Regional Council (MWRC) is currently undertaking a study of
B-Double routes within the Local Government Area (LGA) as identified through
its Local Traffic Committee (LTC). This study will include the following items:

    q   Ascertain all routes that satisfy the safety, technical, economical and
        environmental specifications for B-double routes along with addressing any community concerns. Such work will be
        undertaken for both proposed new routes and existing routes to ensure that they meet current guidelines
    q   Comment on amendments of our network within the Restricted Access Vehicle (RAV) maps, i.e. is there merit in
        displaying our region as an "all access area" where RAV vehicles have unrestricted access to roads except for
        "exemption routes".



Background
A meeting was held on 10 June 2008 in response to a request from the Mudgee District Council of the NSW Farmers
Association, local transport operators and the Mudgee Grape Growers Association to "investigate that all suitable roads within
the MWRC’s area be declared B-Double accessible", including access by 4.6m high trailers.

In an attempt to provide improved safety for the MWRC area, and to enhance the productivity for transport operators, local
businesses and farming operations within the region, it was proposed by the LTC to assess "all suitable roads" so that they may
become approved for B-Double use.

The study represents the realisation of the Traffic Committee vision for our region.



Region
The Council LGA is located in central west NSW and is bounded by the LGAs of Warrumbungle, Upper Hunter, Muswellbrook,
Singleton, Lithgow, Bathurst Regional, Cabonne and Wellington Council.

Many of the Councils surrounding the MWRC LGA have adopted an approach whereby they approve all roads within their entire
region or a portion of their region for B-Doubles, with the exception of several highlighted routes. To do this, they had to
assess every road within the region.



Benefits of Increased B-Double Routes
Two B-Double trucks can transport the same load as three semi-trailers, thereby reducing the number of truck movements.
Doing this would benefit Council and the community by reducing environmental impact, improving road safety, reducing
congestion and impact to roads and improving industry competition.

When deciding on any particular route, Council also needs to consider any negative impacts including amenity issues and the
cost of bringing the road up to the minimum standards for B-Double movements.



RTA Restricted Access Vehicle Information
RTA Restricted Access Vehicle (RAV) maps are available for download from the RTA website. These maps provide details on
the roads and zones approved for B-doubles, 4.6m high vehicles and road trains. Some routes contain restrictions and these
restrictions are noted by a reference code on the RAV maps, with the restrictions defined in a separate document on the RTA
site. Both documents are updated on a quarterly basis.



B-Double Routes within Mid-Western Regional Council
LGA
Approximately 300km of suitable B-double network exists within the Council LGA. This network was created under the
Merriwa, Rylstone and Mudgee Shire Councils prior to the amalgamation that created Mid-Western Regional Council.
Road
     Road Name       Starting Point     End Point       Conditions      Approx km
 No
                  Great Western
      Castlereagh                     NSW/QLD
SH18              Hwy (SH5) at                                             140
      Hwy                             border at Hebel
                  Tunnell Hill
      Tallawang
                  Caledonian St       Prince St                            0.5
      St, Gulgong
                  Mitchell Hwy       Guntawang Rd
MR233 Goolma Rd                                                            30
                  (SH7) Wellington   (SH17)
                                     Junction with
                    MWRC-Merriwa
MR214 Ulan Rd                        MR208 at
                    Council boundary
                                     Budgee Budgee
                                     Ulan Rd
                                     (MR214),
      Douro St,
                    Castlereagh Hwy Budgee
MR208 Short St,
                    (SH18), Mudgee Budgee approx
      Ulan Rd
                                     9km north of
                                     Mudgee
                    Ulan Rd
                    (MR214), Budgee
        Wollar Rd   Budgee approx    Botobolar Rd                          15
MR208
                    9km north of
                    Mudgee
        Botobolar   Wollar Rd        Property
                                                                           17
        Rd          (MR208)          'Honeysuckle'
        Henry
                    Ulan Rd, (MR208) Sills Lane                            10
        Lawson Dr
                                                        1. Max
                                                           speed
                                                           80kph
                                 Fitzgerald St
                                                        2. Travel not
                                 (Rylstone) via
                                                           permitted
                                 Ilford Rd
      Bylong     Castlereagh Hwy                           during
MR215                            Kandos, Mill St                           28
      Valley Way (SH18)                                    school
                                 South Rylstone,
                                                           bus hours
                                 Farrelly St
                                                           of 8-9am
                                 Rylstone
                                                           &
                                                           3-4.30pm

                                                        1. Max
                                                           speed
                                                           80kph
                                                        2. Travel not
                                                           permitted
        Angus       Cooper Dr,        Davies Rd,           during
182                                                                       0.25
        Ave, Kandos Kandos            Kandos               school
                                                           bus hours
                                                           of 8-9am
                                                           &
                                                           3-4.30pm

                                                        1. Max
                                                           speed
                                                           80kph
                                                        2. Travel not
                                                           permitted
      Cooper Dr     Bylong Valley                        during
2                                   Angus Ave                        0.5
      (Ilford Rd)   Way (MR215)                          school
                                                         bus hours
                                                         of 8-9am
                                                         &
                                                         3-4.30pm

                                                    1. Max
                                                       speed
                                                       80kph
                                                    2. Travel not
                                                       permitted
      Davies Rd,    Angus Ave,      Jamison Rd,        during
160                                                                  0.5
      Kandos        Kandos          Kandos             school
                                                       bus hours
                                                       of 8-9am
                                                       &
                                                       3-4.30pm

                                                    1. Max
                                                       speed
                                                       80kph
                                                    2. Travel not
                                                       permitted
                                    "Cement
                                                       during
      Jamison Rd, Davies Rd,        Australia"
185                                                    school        0.5
      Kandos      Kandos            property,
                                                       bus hours
                                    Kandos
                                                       of 8-9am
                                                       &
                                                       3-4.30pm


                                                    1. Max
                                                       speed
                                                       80kph
                                                    2. Travel not
                                                       permitted
      Fitzgerald
                    Bylong Valley                      during
295   St,                           Glen Alice Rd                    0.5
                    Way (MR215)                        school
      Rylstone
                                                       bus hours
                                                       of 8-9am
                                                       &
                                                       3-4.30pm

                                    Genowlan Rd,                     15
      Glen Alice   Fitzgerald St,                   1.
4                                   Lithgow City
      Rd, Rylstone Rylstone
                                    Council
                                                    1. Max
                                                       speed
                                                       80kph
                                                    2. Travel not
                                    "Watervale"        permitted
                                                                     0.5
      Genowland                     property,          during
4                  Glen Alice Rd
      Rd, Rylstone                  Lithgow City       school
                                    Council            bus hours
                                                       of 8-9am
                                                       &
                                                       3-4.30pm
                  Industrial         Castlereagh Hwy,
                                                       Burrundulla Rd                                             0.5
                  Rd, Mudgee         Mudgee (SH18)
                  Guntawang          Castlereagh Hwy Goolma Rd
       565                                                                                                            0.5
                  Rd, Gulgong        (SH18)           (MR233)
                  Caledonia
                                     Tallawang St              Rouse St                                               0.5
                  St, Gulgong
                                     Weston Milling
                                     Flour Mill, 2
       598        Cope Rd                                      Ulan                                                   0.5
                                     Station St
                                     Gulgong
                  Rouse St,
                                     Caledonia St              Station St                                             0.5
                  Gulgong
                  Station St,
                                     Rouse St                  Railway St                                             0.5
                  Gulgong
                  Henry
                  Lawson Dr,         Homer St                  Kaolin St                                              10
                  Gulgong
                  Homer St,                                    Henry Lawson
                                     Railway St                                                                       0.5
                  Gulgong                                      Dr
                  Railway St,
                                     Station St                Homer St                                               0.5
                  Gulgong
                  Prince St,
                                     Tallawang St              Fisher St                                              0.5
                  Gulgong


Enquiries
All enquiries regarding B-Double routes within the Mid-Western Regional Council LGA should be directed to Council's
Infrastructure Strategies Department on 1300 765 002 or (02) 6378 2850.

								
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