No bypassing Orange's truck issues: rest stops to be investigated

WIN-WIN: Orange truck driver Wally Press (left) approached councillor Glenn Taylor (right, with daughter Annie Taylor) for truck stops on the Northern Distributor Road and says B-double routes in and out of Orange are next on the list. Photo LUKE SCHUYLER 0509lstruck1

WIN-WIN: Orange truck driver Wally Press (left) approached councillor Glenn Taylor (right, with daughter Annie Taylor) for truck stops on the Northern Distributor Road and says B-double routes in and out of Orange are next on the list. Photo LUKE SCHUYLER 0509lstruck1

A PROPOSAL to construct two truck rest stops on the Northern Distributor Road will be investigated after it received unanimous councillor support.

Orange City Council’s Glenn Taylor put forward a notice of motion at last Tuesday’s meeting calling for the stops near the new food and fuel outlets, including toilet and shower facilities.

Drivers also use rest stops to split their loads when delivering to areas whose roads do not allow B-doubles.

Cr Taylor said the only stop in Orange was at Chinamans Bend, which could only be accessed if trucks passed through town.

“There has been a major reduction in the number of trucks going through town, but there are still some that go through,” he said.

“Some go through because that’s where they’re going - the CBD’s got to be serviced - but we could get more trucks going on the distributor road if we get a stop out there.”

Cr Taylor said the proposal would also encourage truck drivers to spend money in Orange.

Truck driver and Orange resident Wally Press broached the issue with Cr Taylor three weeks ago and was thrilled the idea had received unanimous support.

“I’m a driver and a local resident and it disgusts me that [B-double] drivers drive on that main street - it’s dangerous and stupid,” he said.

“I’m surprised a child’s never been killed.”

Mr Press also said he wanted to see approved B-double routes changed so drivers could access Orange’s industrial areas from the distributor road, including Hill Street, limiting the need to access the CBD.

“Everything should be accessed off the bypass,” he said.

He said some routes would still require drivers to split their loads.

“But if someone’s travelling on an unapproved road, they deserve to be booked,” he said.

Land near Ron Finemore Transport will be one of the locations investigated for the rest stops.

A report will come back to the council following investigations and Cr Taylor hoped NSW Roads and Maritime Services would contribute to construction costs.

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