Secret deal: ‘Range rebuilt for B-Triples’

A PALMER United Party MP has accused the State Government of a secret deal to allow B-triple road trains down the Toowoomba Range.

Gold Coast-based state MP Dr Alex Douglas claimed in Parliament yesterday that most of the $80 million in flood reconstruction money was spent on a realignment.

Dr Douglas said that would enable B-triple road trains to travel down the Toowoomba Range.

"Most of the money-$80 million-has been spent to reduce the corners so that B-triples can negotiate the road," he said during Parliament.

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Dr Douglas suggested the State Government was working to ensure coal from the Surat Basin could make it to the Port of Brisbane, considering "there is no new excess rail capacity".

It is not the first time such a claim has been made about the rebuilt Toowoomba Range, which currently just a 'as-of-right' route for heavy vehicles.

Lockyer Valley Mayor Steve Jones in February this year also suggested the upgraded Toowoomba Range would become a route for B-triple road trains.

The Department of Transport and Main Roads has long denied B-triples would be permitted down the range-section of the Warrego Hwy.


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