The economic feasibility of upgrading Moree’s light industrial area to legally cater for restricted access vehicles

Spilsbury-Brinkmann, Casey (2013) The economic feasibility of upgrading Moree’s light industrial area to legally cater for restricted access vehicles. [USQ Project]

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The transport and freight industries of Australia are heavily reliant on the country’s road network. Australia’s road freight task is expected to double by 2020 and to increase efficiency vehicles are becoming larger and hence have the ability to carry heavier loads. Restricted Access Vehicles (RAVs) are those that exceed the dimensions of typical heavy vehicles and include B-Doubles, A-Doubles (road trains), AB-Triples and B-Triples. These are allowed to operate carrying a higher mass which allows more goods to be transported and productivity improved.

Due to their increased size these vehicles require a much wider area in order to safely and legally manoeuvre around intersections. Many towns and cities simply do not have adequate infrastructure to cater for such large vehicles. This is specifically the case of the Light Industrial Area of Moree, NSW which has caused Moree Plains Shire Council to commission the investigation of the implications into upgrading this area to cater for RAVs.

This investigation focusses on identifying the intersections in the Light Industrial Area which cannot legally cater for RAVs and the works required to ensure legal access could be approved by Council and the Roads and Maritime Services (RMS). These construction works and their associated costs were identified with varying levels of upgrade so expenses could be compared. As an alternative the costs of a breakdown facility have been determined but consideration is also given to constructing this to complement the upgrade of the Light Industrial Area.

Many considerations have been given to these alternatives including technical, social and economic. These produced recommendations to fully upgrade the Light Industrial Area for RAV access up to B-Triples and evaluate the possibility of constructing a breakdown facility in Moree. This study has developed a basic framework which can be used as a basis when this problem occurs in other parts of MPSC. It will help provide safe and legal RAV access to businesses and their customers which will assist Moree in maintaining their current stance as major agricultural producers.


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Item Type: USQ Project
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Civil Engineering and Surveying
Supervisors: Drysdale, Trevor; Fisher, Lila
Date Deposited: 08 Apr 2014 04:23
Last Modified: 09 Apr 2014 04:52
Uncontrolled Keywords: economic feasibility; moree; light industrial area; restricted access vehicles
Fields of Research : 09 Engineering > 0905 Civil Engineering > 090505 Infrastructure Engineering and Asset Management
09 Engineering > 0905 Civil Engineering > 090507 Transport Engineering
Socio-Economic Objective: B Economic Development > 88 Transport > 8801 Ground Transport > 880106 Road Infrastructure and Networks
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/24678

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