PBS Routes Queensland first jurisdiction to classify & publish (2008) Direct migration of B-double and road train network (A class) with stakeholder consultation Class B network provides significant productivity benefits Growing freight task & industry expectations PBS supported by Department
PBS 2B (30m) Routes 470km of 2B routes approved 323km of route assessments near completion 4,150km of route assessments programmed Spending approx $250-500K per year on 2B route assessments
Level 2B Routes Complete ~ 470 km South-East Queensland Toowoomba to Port of Brisbane (pilot route) Link pilot route to Hemmant, Lytton, Colmslie (port precinct) Yatala to Heathwood (CUB and Aldi DC) Townsville Link Level 3A network west of Townsville to the Port Port to Yubulu (north)
Classified PBS Level 2B in Oct 2010 (360km) Significant freight efficiency gains for containerised grain 5,100 truck trips from Oct 2010 to July 2011 Truck trips for same freight task cut by 50% Saved 1.8M vehicle kilometres travelled Saved 650,000 litres of diesel Saved 1,700 tonnes of greenhouse gases 21% reduction in ESAs for same freight task Achieved without any road upgrades Toowoomba to PoB – pilot route
Routes Currently Being Assessed Bruce Hwy – NSW border north to TMR Mackay/Fitzroy Region boundary Cunningham Hwy (near completion) Eagle Farm – various routes (~50km) Gladstone – various routes (~380km) Mackay - Port to Hazeldean (~100km) Goondiwindi Warrego Hwy to Amberley Air Force Base
PBS Challenges Application form on TMR website (no backdoor emails) Existing or new route will determine length of time Bridges – Tier 1, 2 or 3 and 6 axle dogs Truck and dogs 2-4 weeks A-doubles 2 weeks to 1.5 years Tier 3 = time taken x frustration
Reflections Build it and they will come Sell wider economic, safety and environmental benefits. This isn’t just about the “truckie” making more $$’s Sustainable business models for government Education Bridges Did I mention bridges?
Future Directions Industry organise route assessment process for “last mile” routes TMR undertake route assessments of strategic significance Codify common PBS vehicles (eg. truck and dogs) and make a national notice Simplify process for design variations Simplify bridge assessments