B-doubles for coast road

POSSIBLE council approval for B-double trucks carrying huge loads of pine logs along the Tweed Coast Road has National Party MP for Tweed Geoff Provest seeing red.

Tweed Shire Council's traffic committee recommended at its Feb- ruary 12 meeting that large trucks with two trailers be given permission to use the busy road.

Councillors are due to either reject or go along with the committee's recommendation at their next meeting early in March.

Mr Provest said yesterday he wanted the councillors to be aware the issue split the committee, with council officers insisting B-doubles would be safe.

Under the plan, B-doubles would be allowed to cart logs from a pine forest near the proposed Kings Forest development site. They would travel along the Tweed Coast Road between the Pacific Highway and a spot just north of Depot Road.

“Mums with kids on school buses that go along the Tweed Coast Road will be horrified,” said Mr Provest.

“Apart from school buses there are a lot of elderly drivers on that road.

“I think any user on that road would be up in arms.

“The road is extremely busy and is a major thoroughfare for anyone living south of Kingscliff. In parts it is quite narrow.

“I've just finished negotiating with Surfside Buslines for another bus on the Pottsville route, and now it is going to have to share the road with B-doubles.”

Mr Provest said he missed the February 12 committee meeting because of other commitments, but his stand-in representative, former senior police officer Rod Bates argued strongly against approval of the B-doubles and was out-voted.

“I'd like the councillors to send it back to the traffic committee so there can be greater scrutiny of it,” Mr Provest said.

Under state legislation, he said council could not simply give approval to the one company to operate B-doubles on the road, but had to make the approval open to all B-double drivers. He believed approval would only benefit the company and not the general community.

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