Road trains granted access to Roma Saleyards all day Sunday
TYPE 2 road trains have the green light to access the Roma Saleyards all day Sunday.
Main Roads and Road Safety Minister Mark Bailey recently announced type 2 road trains carrying livestock would be allowed access along the Warrego Hwy, between the Roma breakdown pad and the saleyards on Sundays.
He said the extension of access hours from 7pm-5.30am, which starts at midnight on January 7, comes after it was successfully trialled.
"We ran a successful three-month trial from August to extend access through Roma,” he said.
"After reviewing the data collected during the trial we're confident it supports opening all-day access for type 2 road trains carrying livestock to the saleyards on Sundays.”
Productivity and extra access for road trains, however, bring their own set of issues Mr Bailey said.
"We are always looking at ways to improve the efficiency on our network, while increasing the safety of motorists and livestock,” he said.
Extending the hours is the latest in a string of investments by the State Government aimed at increasing traffic through to the saleyards.
"In 2015 we invested $370,000 to upgrade intersections in Roma to allow type 2 road trains carrying livestock access between the breakdown pad and the Roma Saleyards,” he said.
"We also completed a $110,000 project to widen the intersection of the Warrego and Landsborough Hwys so type 2 road trains can travel safely between Morven and Charleville.”
However as more traffic is brought to the region, safety remains the primary concern.
"We will continue to look at ways we can provide a safe road network right across the state,” Mr Bailey said.