B-doubles bound for Kyogle CBD

Well end up like Alstonville, said Peter Lewis, a Kyogle councillor and member of the Councils Traffic Committee. ...with a need for a bypass and no bypass.

He disagrees with Kyogle Councils support for the introduction of 25 metre B-doubles into Kyogles CBD. Special approval is needed for B-doubles over 19 metres.

The CBD of Kyogle is unsuitable for these types of vehicles, said Mr Lewis.

The main street has centre parking which includes disabled carparks.

Kyogle Council recommended that approval of a B-double route from Boral Timbers on the Summerland Way through town to Kyogle Grain Supplies on Kyogle Road be supported subject to certain conditions. Those conditions include a request to the RTA to commence investigation into a suitable heavy vehicle bypass for Kyogle.

Bypass? We would love to see that, said mayor Ernie Bennett. But dont hold your breath.

We need a bypass before we allow B-doubles, said Mr Lewis.

An application from Kyogle Grain Supplies was forwarded to Council through Lismore MP Thomas George requesting access for their three 25 metre B-doubles to their depot a few kilometres north of Kyogle.

If we hadnt approved B-doubles, Kyogle Grains would have moved elsewhere, said Mr Bennett.

The Greens are against the proposal, and believe a bypass should be built for all heavy vehicle traffic, while Labor has made no comment on the issue.

Councils approval contains no limit to the number of B-doubles that can drive through the CBD.

No doubt therell be a request for 25 metre B-doubles to Woodenbong then, with a few bridges fixed, to Warwick, said Mr Lewis.

But Cr Bennett reckons more B-doubles are not a risk to townspeople.

Why is it that people persist with the idea that B-doubles shouldnt be allowed? They have better braking systems, pull up faster theyre safer than some cars on the road.

Peter Lewis disagrees.

Its all about economics that value a cost-saving for industry over quality of life for the townspeople.

Kyogle Council is likely to give final approval at its next meeting on Monday, March 19.

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