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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