QTA secures emergency bypass for road trains over weekend


The Queensland Trucking Association (QTA) has issued a notice to members regarding temporary road train access for truckies who are trying to negotiate the many flooded roads around Victoria and NSW this weekend.

“In response to member enquires about alternate routes for 3A Combinations travelling south from West Wyalong, and with many member combinations on the road trying to move through NSW to Victoria with bigger combinations up to 36.5 metres, QTA have been working with Transport for NSW to determine an alternate emergency route,” said a QTA road conditions update last night.

“Given the current flood impacts on the Newell Highway from Narrandera to the Victorian border, we have secured an emergency bypass for road trains over the weekend.

“All 36.5 metre road trains (operating at up to HML) and PBS Level 3 vehicles (operating at up to Tier 1 HML masses) will be able to travel from West Wyalong on Goldfields Way to Wagga Wagga then to Albury via the Olympic Highway.”

The permits will be approved for access from now until 4pm on Monday, October 24. Transport for NSW will review the need for an extension on Monday.

Anyone needing to use this route will need to apply for a permit via the NHVR portal.

“Once you have applied for the emergency flood access, please send an email to the NHVR with the subject ‘emergency flood access request’ to  and cc Brett Graham –”

The QTA says that the body of the email should include:

  • the case number/s stating this request is for three days due to the current flood emergency situation impacting NSW and Victoria.

“As this route will travel through the main street of Temora please remind all drivers to show respect when travelling and reduce noise and speed,” added the QTA.

“There will also be traffic control measures in place at the railway crossing at Culcairn so please show due caution when approaching the crossing.

“As always, if it is flooded, forget it. Please stay safe on the roads during this extreme weather.”

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