ROAD TRAIN operators have been given the green light to drive between Coonabarabran and Tamworth without permits, from this week, thanks to the completion of the long-awaited Gunnedah overpass.
Unveiled earlier this week by NSW Regional Transport and Roads Minster Paul Toole, the new $61 million bridge connects the Oxley Highway with the new Bloomfield Street bypass to allow trucks to travel through Gunnedah with ease.
"Gunnedah has been a significant freight pinchpoint in the North West, and the $61 million bridge linking the Oxley Highway with Warrabungle Street, will help fix that by allowing an uninterrupted flow of traffic for heavy vehicles," Mr Toole said.
"We've also seen the Gunnedah heavy vehicle bypass hit the finish line with a 1.8km stretch of Bloomfield Street upgraded to support B-doubles and other higher mass limit vehicles."
Under the new agreement all categories of road train up to 36.5 metres long, transporting any commodity, will have unrestricted access to the approved sections of the Oxley Highway.
Livestock Bulk and Rural Carriers Association (LBRCA) president Paul Pulver said it was "a huge win for transporters and farmers alike".
"This announcement is an example of what can be achieved when community, government and industry work together to achieve a better outcome for NSW businesses and communities, which are reliant on efficient and safe road freight services," he said.