RFNSW Partners with Teletrac Navman for better safety outcomes, Redmondis and much more..

Freight News

9 February 2018

In this issue:

  • From the CEO's desk
  • Teletrac Navman Partnership with RFNSW
  • ATO Single Touch Breakfast
  • Fuel Tax Credit's
  • New Load Restraint Guide
  • Road reports, closures, changes and detours

From the CEO's Desk

Welcome to the first Freight NSW of 2018.

Road Freight NSW partners with Teletrac Navman

It is timely given the current safety debate that Teletrac Navman has partnered with Road Freight NSW for the purposes of providing our members with the best products and services for their telematics needs.

We are excited to have Teletrac Navman onboard with Road Freight NSW after many months of discussions with them about how we can work together for the betterment for the industry.

We believe that this partnership will deliver safety outcomes for our members and mitigate risk of serious incidents while ensuring adherence and compliance to legislation. There has been a lot of debate about safety over the course of the last 7 weeks and we believe having the right tools that implement the right safety systems is a good practical first step.

Please see the media release below for more information.

Membership Subscriptions

Most of you will have received a membership renewal from us recently. Some of you will have heard from me by telephone about your subscription. I would urge you to renew your subscriptions to Road Freight NSW so that we can independently continue the work of advocating for you in NSW.

Separation from the ATA

Last Friday, Road Freight NSW became independent from the ATA for the first time since 2007. We are in the process of establishing ourselves with regards to bank accounts, Freight News and many other items that ensure that we can meet the needs of our members.

Road Safety in NSW

There has been a lot of discussions around road safety in NSW and we have seen a single 24 hour RMS/Police operation, entitled 'Operation Rolling Thunder' which has targeted heavy vehicle users across a number of states

Our aim is to work with government, the NHVR and the NSW Police to seek to address these issues in a substantive longer term manner. We believe that a greater focus on safety and education as a preventative measure is needed for the industry.

Nevertheless, although Freight News hasn't been coming out during this time due to the separation, we have been communicating with the Roads Ministers staff and the ATA during January and February and offering insights from our members around what we would like to see as a more co-operative approach towards safety on our roads.

Transport Plan

As part of that engagement with government and departments, I would like to let you know of SafeWork seminar on Wednesday 14th February 2018 (915am - 1230pm) in support of the development of the NSW Transport Sector Work Health & Safety (WHS) Plan (Transport sector plan).

The transport sector was identified in the Work Health and Safety Roadmap for NSW 2022 (Roadmap) www.safework.nsw.gov.au/roadmap as a key priority area due to the high rate of serious injuries and fatalities when compared with all NSW industries.

SafeWork would like to hear from the transport community ranging from the road freight sector to courier pick-up and delivery services. SafeWork are seeking input from both small and large businesses, including sole traders and contractors.

The details of the workshop are:
Date: Wednesday 14 February 2018
Time: 915am - 1230pm
Venue: Novotel Hotel, Rooty Hill
33 Railway St, Rooty Hill NSW 2766

You can register here:

https://www.eventbrite.com.au/o/safework-nsw-16526682600

2018 Load Restraint Guide

You will see below a link to the new NTC Load Restraint Guide.

As we understand it with the hardcopy versions, the 2nd edition is still legally in force and will continue to be so until new NHVR legislation passes in about June 2018.

The 3rd or 2018 Edition has just been published in soft copy only at this stage.

Simon O'Hara
CEO
Road Freight NSW

Road Freight NSW Partners with Teletrac Navman

Media Release: Sydney, Australia. 8 February, 2018.

RFNSW PARTNERS WITH TELETRAC NAVMAN

RFNSW Members to benefit from new partnership with latest technology

RFNSW says a new partnership with a leading software provider will offer members the latest innovations in fleet and asset management technology.

Teletrac Navman already tracks and manages more than half a million vehicles around the globe and will bring its expertise to RFNSW member vehicles and assets.

The General Manager of RFNSW, Simon O'Hara, welcomed the new partnership on behalf of Road Freight NSW members.

"Partnering with Teletrac Navman will be a step forward for our members for a wide range of reasons," Mr O'Hara said today.

"Mindful of the greater need for CoR compliance and a more proactive approach to managing road safety risks, our members will have access to a risk management platform that includes innovations like FTC Manager and new electronic work diaries, as part of our strengthened relationship with Teletrac Navman."

Andrew Rossington, Vice President - Transtech at Teletrac Navman said: "We're passionate about the proactive risk management benefits that technology brings to the transport industry. Driven by the joint desire for better safety outcomes, our customer base has seen significant benefits moving from reactive Fatigue Management to a pro-active, technology based solution with Sentinel. Working with RFNSW, the voice of the transport industry in NSW, gives us the opportunity to help build the best safety outcomes for drivers, other road users and the sector."

"Teletrac Navman has worked with NSW transport companies for over 25 years. We're confident that this partnership with RFNSW will underscore the importance of technology in road safety and drive transport efficiency," Mr Rossington said.

To find out more, go to www.teletracnavman.com

ABOUT ROAD FREIGHT NSW

Road Freight NSW began as ATA NSW in 2007. The organisation has developed to become a respected advocate for trucking operators, as a conduit to government, regulators and enforcement agencies. In 2015 the new name, Road Freight NSW, articulates our independent and authoritative viewpoint thanks to our respected executive leadership and the passion and expertise of members contributing to the Policy Council.

RFNSW media contact Richard Lenarduzzi 0411 25 390.

56 Fitzroy Street, MARRICKVILLE, NSW, 2204 E info@rfnsw.com.au | W roadfreightnsw.com.au

Fuel Tax Credits

On 5 February 2018, fuel tax credits changed. Please see the rates here:

What can we learn from the Remondis judgment?

Local Court Magistrate McIntyre pronounced sentence in the NSW Road and Maritime Services prosecution against Remondis Australia Pty Ltd.

The judgment was based on an Agreed Statement of Facts which is not on the public record, but relevant background can be gleaned from the judgment itself.

Remondis is a global business engaged in, among other things, waste management.

As part of that business and pursuant to a contract with the local council, its trucks collected organic waste from recycling bins (or green bins) from homes on the central coast of NSW which were deposited at a council owned site at Awaba where Remondis processed and composted the organic waste into mulch. The mulch was then removed from the Awaba site by heavy vehicles contracted by Remondis and operated by at least two contractors, Jet Group Australia Pty Ltd (Jet), and Port Stephens Gardenland (PSG).

It appears that the carriers and driver were responsible for loading the mulch onto the vehicles, which were only then weighed at a council weighbridge remote from the Awaba site.

As part of invoicing procedures, Jet would provide Remondis with a copy of the weighbridge docket. The carriers were paid per tonne of mulch carried.

In 2008 Remondis had developed a Driver and Operator Manual which it updated in 2014. While the manual referred to Chain of Responsibility (CoR), it related principally to the operation of Remondis' own fleet vehicles and did not make reference to contractors, vehicle mass or overloading.

RMS initially served Court Attendance Notices (CANs) on Remondis and a director, Mr Agati.

Those CANs alleged offences against Remondis in its capacity as both Loader and Consignor.

Remondis and the director entered pleas of not guilty to the charges and the matter was listed for a 14 day hearing.

Ultimately Remondis pleaded guilty to charges as a Consignor. The charges against the director and against Remondis as Loader were ultimately dropped, presumably in exchange for Remondis' agreement to the guilty pleas.

Lessons to be learned

There are many valuable lessons to be learned from this case.

Joining the dots

In the course of sentencing, the Magistrate referred several times to the fact that as part of invoicing procedure Jet was providing Remondis with copies of the weighbridge receipts which clearly evidenced systematic overloading.

It is entirely possible that no one in the Logistics or Operations function at Remondis generally or the Awaba site in particular saw these weighbridge receipts and that no one in the Accounts department (which may for all we know have been located in another country) understood the significance of the weights.

Logistics operations can traverse different departments (and locations) within a business, including Marketing; Operations and Accounts. It may be that CoR compliance issues only become apparent by reviewing records held by different departments across different locations.

Marketing could (and should) make sure that appropriate contract terms and policies are in place when engaging with customers and carriers.

Operations needs to ensure that CoR policies and procedures are complied with.

And Accounts needs to ensure that relevant information provided as part of a billing process is also collated.

In order to be properly CoR compliant businesses need to find a way of 'joining the dots' within the organisation. The fact that no one individual in an organisation is across all aspect of CoR compliance can pose significant risk.

By way of a further example, regulators will occasionally send warning notices if they have detected and are concerned about breaches. On at least one occasion we're aware of, notices sent to the company didn't find their way to the appropriate person within the organisation, which can have damning consequences.

But nothing happened...

The majority of high-profile prosecutions to date have resulted from investigations following a serious road incident, often including a fatality.

There was no suggestion in the judgment that any specific incident had triggered this prosecution. In fact the Court acknowledged that Awaba Road was "fairly isolated, described as a backroad."

An appreciable risk of public harm is one of the factors that the Heavy Vehicle National Law specifies for severe risk breaches. In this regard, the Magistrate observed that "in this case, although such public harm was never realised, should an overloaded truck be have been involved in a driver/pedestrian collision, or a failure to break, or turn, there could have been catastrophic consequences, as was the case in Kemp v Doble Express" (in which there was a fatality).

This emphasises the fact that chronic systemic failures are as culpable as one-off, acute breaches.

Choose your counterparties wisely...

The Magistrate also observed that the overloading was limited to Jet, and there was no evidence that the vehicles operated by the other carrier PSG were overloading either systematically or at all.

Nor was there any suggestion in the judgment that Remondis' own fleet was engaged in any breaches of CoR.

The Court however observed that because Remondis paid Jet per tonne, "ultimately it was their contractual arrangement, together with Remondis' lack of scrutiny of the invoices, which specified the weights carried on every occasion that allowed Jet to benefit from being paid for weight that was unlawfully carried."

As part of its plea in mitigation, Remondis argued that it mistakenly relied on Jet to ensure that loads were within lawful limits and that the Council and Jet would fulfil their chain of responsibility requirements.

This submission, the Court said "falls somewhat flat however when viewed, as it must be through the prism of chain of responsibility legislation, and the substantial if not premiere role that Remondis played within the transport chain.

The Magistrate stated that "it was critical therefore that Remondis had an active system in place to manage the risk and to minimise the chances of road transport law being breached; Kemp v Air Liquide."

What should Remondis have done?

Because the weighbridge was remote from the Awaba site, the Court considered that Remondis should have had immediate, real time access to the data. It should have ensured from the outset that its equipment could measure the consignments being loaded.

Its compliance procedures and manuals did not relate to third party carriers or deal with loading and consignment weight compliance. The Magistrate observed, "Thus, while Remondis may have been aware of its obligations, I am not able to place a great deal of weight on the contention that that awareness was ever properly translated into practice."

After the event, Remondis had taken a number of steps, including;

  • Implementation of a loading protocol so that applicable mass limits are identified and can be verified at the point of loading
  • Installation of load cells at the loader bucket to ensure that legal load limits are not exceeded
  • Implementation of communications protocols between Remondis and the weighbridge or driver to ensure that no truck is allowed to leave the site overweight
  • Provision of supervision to ensure compliance or corrective action when noncompliance occurs.
  • Author: Geoff Farnsworth

* A version of this article was originally published in CoR Adviser. This article is © 2017 Portner Press Pty Ltd and has been reproduced with permission of Portner Press.

ATO Single touch Payroll breakfast

TWUSUPER invites you to attend a breakfast seminar on Thursday 15 February where a representative from the ATO will provide an update on new reporting requirements coming next year - we will discuss:

  • What is Single Touch Payroll
  • What it means for you
  • How to get ready

From July 2018 - salaries and wages, PAYG withholding and superannuation payments will need to be reported to the ATO from an employer's payroll solution at the same time that the payments are made. Employers will no longer be able to use a separate process to report payments to the ATO.

The requirement will apply from

  • 1 July 2018 (for employers with 20 or more employees)
  • 1 July 2019 (for employers with 19 or fewer employees - but you can choose to start earlier)

This breakfast seminar will also provide you with the opportunity to network with other Payroll, Finance and HR professionals within the Transport Industry.

Event details

Date: Thursday 15 February 2018

Time: Registration from 7.30am, for an 8.00 - 9.15am presentation (Breakfast is included)

Location: Rydges Hotel (Kingston Suite), 116-118 James Ruse Drive, Rosehill NSW 2142

Updated Load Restraint Guide

Drivers, operators and other participants in the transport chain of responsibility will be able to access an improved Load Restraint Guide and a complementary guide specifically for light vehicles on the National Transport Commission (NTC) website.

http://www.ntc.gov.au/heavy-vehicles/safety/load-restraint-guide/

EXTENDED M7 RAMP CLOSURES, M4/M7 LIGHT HORSE INTERCHANGE, EASTERN CREEK

Extended M7 exit and entry ramp closures will be in place at the M4/M7 Light Horse Interchange, from 8pm Friday 9 February till 5am Monday 12 February 2018, as Westlink M7 carries out planned resurfacing work, weather permitting.

TRAFFIC CHANGES

The M4 and M7 motorways will remain open for travel in all directions. Road users are advised to plan ahead and allow extra travel time as traffic changes including speed reductions and detours will be in place approaching the interchange (see detour maps overleaf). Observe overhead variable messages and traffic control signage

Travelling:

  • Northbound M7 to M4, detour via Wallgrove Road, Eastern Creek
  • Southbound M7 to M4, detour via Great Western Highway, Rooty Hill
  • Westbound M4 to M7, detour via Wallgrove Road, Eastern Creek
  • Eastbound M4 to M7, detour via Wallgrove Road, Eastern Creek

CONTACT US

Westlink M7 has carefully planned this work to reduce the impact to road users and thanks the community for their patience while resurfacing is carried out.

For more information, call 1300 677 623 (M7Road),
email info@westlinkm7.com.au or visit the Westlink M7
website: www.roam.com.au/using-westlink-m7.

Check Live Traffic NSW website, or download the Live Traffic NSW app for the latest traffic information.

Yours sincerely

Westlink M7

EXTENDED M7 RAMP CLOSURES
M4/M7 LIGHT HORSE INTERCHANGE, EASTERN CREEK

8pm Friday 9 February till 5am Monday 12 February 2018

Extended M7 ramp closures

M4/M7 Light Horse Interchange Eastern Creek

8pm Friday 9 February to 5am Monday 12 February 2018

Extended M7 exit and entry ramp closures will be in place at the M4/M7 Light Horse Interchange as Westlink M7 carries out planned resurfacing work, weather permitting.*

PLAN AHEAD

Road users are encouraged to plan ahead as traffic changes and detours will be in place.

  • Check the Live Traffic NSW website, or download the Live Traffic NSW app
  • Visit the Westlink M7 website or email info@westlinkm7.com.au
  • Call 1300 677 623 (M7Road).

Fuel tax credit rates change from 5 February 2018

Dear Fuel Schemes Stakeholder Group member

Fuel tax credit rates will increase for fuel acquired from 5 February 2018 (not 1 February as in previous years) in line with indexation of fuel excise duty. You can find the new rates on our website now.

Please let your members know about the rate change and remind them about the tools and help we have available, including:

  • the recording of the webinar, Fuel tax credits: tips for getting your claims right
  • the easy-to-use fuel tax credit calculator, which will be updated with the new rates once they are in effect
  • simplified ways to claim fuel tax credits and keep records for businesses that claim less than $10,000 in fuel tax credits each year.

To keep up-to-date on fuel tax credit rate changes, follow the ATO on social media. You can also follow Deborah Jenkins, our Small Business Deputy Commissioner, on twitter.

Project update – Work resuming on Putty Road, Colo Heights, from Monday 12 February

The NSW Government is funding this essential maintenance work under its $1.5 billion program to maintain and improve the 18,028 kilometre state road network.

Roads and Maritime Services has removed and replaced asphalt on Putty Road, between Wheelbarrow Ridge Road and Pierces Valley Trail. We now need to return to repaint the road markings. We have included a map to show the location of the work.

Our maintenance work aims to prevent or minimise damage to roads from weather and wear and tear to make them safer, provide consistent driving conditions and reduce maintenance costs in the long term.

Our work schedule

We will return to site to complete the remaining work for 10 shifts between Monday 12 February and Friday 30 March, weather permitting. Our work hours will be between 7am and 5pm from Monday to Friday and between 8am and 1pm on Saturday.

How will the work affect you?

Our work may be noisy at times but we will do everything we can to minimise its impact.

Traffic changes

There will be temporary traffic changes during our work hours to ensure the work zone is safe.

Lane closures will be in place and may affect travel times. Please keep to speed limits and follow signs and traffic controllers’ directions. For the latest traffic updates, you can call 132 701, visit livetraffic.com or download the Live Traffic NSW App

Contact us

If you have any questions or would like more information on this work, please contact our delivery partner, DM Roads, on:

Call: 1800 332 660

Pacific Highway Roadwork Report

Roads and Maritime Services

Kew to Queensland Border

Week 6 - Monday 5 to Sunday 11 February 2018

Pacific Highway Upgrade - Notice to Motorists

Construction and/or maintenance work will take place between Kew and the Queensland Border from Monday 5to Sunday 11 February 2018 generally from 6:00am to 6:00pm. Temporary traffic control will be in place involving reduced speed limits, shoulder and/or lane closures and intermittent stoppages. Minor delays will be experienced

Kew to Kempsey

These works will take place between Kew and the Slim Dusty Interchange South Kempsey. Construction and roadwork activities will be carried out at:

  • Cooperabung from Monday 5 to Friday 9 February from 9:00am to 3:00pm - northbound stops only.
  • Kundabung to Kempsey from Monday 5 to Sunday 11 February from 7:00am to 5:00pm.

General maintenance* will also take place as required.

Kempsey to Coffs Harbour

These works will take place between Frederickton and Eungai, Warrell Creek and North Macksville, Nambucca Heads and Urunga. Construction and roadwork activities will be carried out at:

  • Clybucca northbound rest area on Tuesday 6 February and southbound rest area on Wednesday 7 February both from 7:00am to 5:00pm - slow lane only.
  • Eungai Creek from Monday 5 to Friday 9 February from 8:30am to 3:30pm.
  • Eungai Creek to Warrell Creek (Browns Crossing to Upper Warrell Creek Roads) from Monday 5 to Friday 9 February from 7:00am to 5:00pm.
  • Way Way to Nambucca Heads (Scotts Head to Link Rds) from Monday 5 to Friday 9 February from 7:00am to 5:00pm.
  • Macksville (Bald Hill Road) from Monday 5 to Friday 9 February from 7:00am to 5:00pm.
  • Valery (Mailmans Track Rd) on Monday 5 February from 7:30am to 10:30am southbound carriageway and 10:30am to 5:00pm northbound carriageway - wire rope repair.
  • Coffs Harbour to Korora from Tuesday 6 to Friday 9 February from 4:30am to 6:00am median vegetation spraying.

General maintenance* will also take place as required.

Coffs Harbour to Grafton

These works will take place between Arrawarra Interchange (8km North Woolgoolga) and Glenugie (15km south Grafton). Construction and roadwork activities will be carried out at:

  • Dirty to Halfway Cks (Range Rd to Dunmar Ln)from Mon 5 to Fri 9 Feb from 6:00am to 6:00pm-line marking.
  • Halfway Ck to Glenugie (Lemon Tree to Franklins Rds) from Mon 5 to Fri 9 Feb from 6:00am to 6:00pm.
  • Glenugie (Bald Knob Rd) on Monday 5 February from 7:30am to 3:30pm - asphalt patch repair.
  • Glenugie (Eight Mile Lane to Old Pacific Hwy) from Monday 5 to Friday 9 February from 7:00am to 6:00pm - underboring and roadside clearing.
  • Bom Bom from Tuesday 6 to Wednesday 7 February from 7:00am to 4:00pm - asphalt patch repair.
  • Ulmarra on Thursday 8 February from 7:00am to 4:00pm - asphalt patch repair.

General maintenance* will also take place as required.

Grafton to Maclean

  • Tyndale (Byrons Lane) on Friday 9 February from 7:00am to 4:00pm - asphalt patch repair.
  • Tyndale North from Monday 5 to Saturday 10 February from 6:30am to 5:30pm - water main Installation.
  • Gulmarrad from Monday 5 to Saturday 10 February from 6:30am to 5:30pm - water main Installation.
  • Maclean (Jubilee St) from Monday 5 to Saturday 10 February from 7:00am to 6:00pm.
  • James Creek (Southbound onload ramp from Yamba Rd to Pacific Hwy) from Monday 5 to Saturday 10 February from 6:00am to 6:00pm - Drain and pit construction.

General maintenance* will also take place as required.

Maclean to Ballina

These works will take place between Harwood area between Maclean and Chatsworth and further north between Pimlico and Ballina. Construction and roadwork activities will be carried out at:

  • Harwood (north of Watts Lane) from Monday 5 to Thursday 8 February from 6:00am to 6:00pm.
  • Harwood (Serpentine Channel Sth Bank Rd) from Monday 5 to Thursday 8 February from 6:00am to 6:00pm and from Wednesday 7 to Thursday 8 February from 6:00pm to 6:00am (night work).
  • Woombah (North of Mororo Bridge to Iluka Rd) from Monday 5 to Saturday 10 February from 6:00am to 6:00pm - median works.
  • Mororo from Monday 5 to Friday 9 February from 6:00am to 6:00pm - roadside clearing.
  • Mororo (Jackybulbin Flat Rd) from Monday 5 to Friday 9 February from 7:00am to 6:00pm - survey.
  • Chatsworth (South of Chatsworth Rd north) from Monday 5 to Saturday 10 February from 7:00am to 6:00pm.
  • Chatsworth (Carrolls to Fischers Lanes) from Monday 5 to Saturday 10 February from 6:00am to 6:00pm.
  • Tabbimoble from Monday 5 to Saturday 10 February from 7:00am to 6:00pm - access gate construction.
  • New Italy on Monday 5 January from 7:00am to 4:00pm - wire rope repair.
  • New Italy to Woodburn from Monday 5 to Saturday 10 February from 7:00am to 6:00pm - survey work.
  • Woodburn to Broadwater from Monday 5 to Thursday 8 February from 6:00am to 6:00pm and from Monday 5 to Thursday 8 February from 6:00pm to 6:00am (night work) - Service Road Construction.
  • Broadwater (400m north of Byrnes St) from Monday 5 to Saturday 10 February from 7:00am to 6:00pm.
  • Wardell (Fitzroy St) on Tuesday 6 February from 7:00am to 6:00pm - asphalt reseal on Fitzroy Street.
  • Wardell (Carlisle Street) from Wednesday 7 to Friday 9 February from 6:00am to 6:00pm asphalt reseal.
  • Pimlico (1km south to 1km north of Whytes Lane) from Mon 5 to Sat 10 February from 7:00am to 6:00pm.
  • Pimlico (600m south of Coolgardie Rd to 600m north of Whytes Lane) from Tuesday 6 to Friday 9 February from 6:00pm to 6:00am (night work).
  • Pimlico (800m south of Coolgardie Rd to 600m north of Coolgardie Rd) on Monday 5 February from 6:00pm to 6:00am (night work).

General maintenance* will also take place as required.

Ballina to Queensland Border

  • Tyagarah to Chinderah from Monday 5 to Friday 9 February from 6:00pm to 4:00am (night work) - transverse line marking.
  • CHANGED TRAFFIC CONDITIONS - Tweed Heads West
    Gold Coast Airport (Tugun) Tunnel will be totally closed in both southbound and northbound directions from Sunday 11 to Thursday 15 February 2018 from 7:00pm to 5:00am (night work). All northbound and southbound traffic on the Pacific Motorway will detoured to the Gold Coast Highway during the above mentioned night work closure times.

General maintenance* will also take place as required.

NOTICE TO MOTORISTS

General Maintenance includes pavement maintenance, median works, signage, line marking, roadside mowing, guardrail and wire rope repairs, guidepost and/or vegetation work. Generally, minor delays will be experienced at these worksites with temporary traffic control implemented involving reduced speed limits, mobile works, shoulder and/or lane closures with only one lane alternately available at some locations and intermittent stoppages.

  • Traffic management and reduced speed limits will be in place where needed to ensure the safety of workers, motorists and other road users.
  • Motorists are advised to plan their journey and allow extra travel time. While proceeding through these work sites, motorists are requested to observe all warning signs, adhere to any direction given by traffic controllers and reduce speed accordingly

NOTE - Macksville to Broadwater Bridge Girder deliveries under Police Escort on Tuesday 6, Thursday 8 and Saturday 10 February 2018 all from 4:30am to 09:30am.

For the latest traffic information visit www.livetraffic.com, Live Traffic NSW app is available for Apple and Android or alternately call 132 701.

Please Note: Some of the roadwork activities contained in this report may be affected by weather or other conditions outside the control of Roads and Maritime Services.

LITHGOW / BATHURST DISTRICT (Inc. Lithgow, Bathurst, Orange and Mudgee areas)

  • PRIMARY LOCATION:
    CASTLEREAGH HIGHWAY - HW18
  • Work type:
    Slope Stability
  • Location:
    38km North of Lithgow
  • Lane closures:
    One lane closed during work shift.
  • Impact:
    Delays up to 5 minutes can be expected.
  • Speed restrictions:
    40, 60 km/h as directed.
  • Working days:
    Mon to Fri.
  • Working hours:
    0700 to 1800 hours
  • Expected completion:
    February 2018
  • Advice / Comments:
    Please obey all signs and proceed with care.
  • PRIMARY LOCATION:
    MITCHELL HIGHWAY - HW7
  • Work type:
    Widening, slope stability and safety barrier installation
  • Location:
    12km East of Orange, Lucknow
  • Lane closures:
    One lane closed during work shift.
  • Impact:
    Delays up to 5 minutes can be expected
  • Speed restrictions:
    40, 60 km/h as directed.
  • Working days:
    Mon to Fri
  • Working hours:
    0700 to 1800 hours.
  • Expected completion:
    June 2018
  • Advice / Comments:
    Work will impact traffic on Favell Rd. Please obey all signs and proceed with care
  • PRIMARY LOCATION:
    SOFALA ROAD - MR 54
  • Work type:
    Sofala Hill Widening Project
  • Location:
    2km south of Crossley bridge and 2km North of Hill End Road.
  • Lane closures:
    Intermittent.
  • Impact:
    Delays up to 5 minutes can be expected.
  • Speed restrictions:
    40, 60,80km/h as directed.
  • Working days:
    Mon to Fri and occasional Saturdays 7am-5pm.
  • Working hours:
    0700 to 1800 hours.
  • Expected completion:
    25 May 2018
  • Advice / Comments:
    Please obey all signs and proceed with care.

Road work at the intersection of O’Riordan Street, Sir Reginald Ansett Drive and Joyce Drive.

The Australian and NSW Governments are upgrading roads east of Sydney Airport to improve traffic flow and access to the airport and Port Botany.

As part of the Airport East project, we need to rebuild the intersection at O’Riordan Street, Sir Reginald Ansett Drive and Joyce Drive to work in with the surrounding road upgrades and widening of Joyce Drive.

We are carefully planning this work in stages to minimise disruption in the area. We have planned three full weekend shifts between 9 February 2018 and 26 March 2018 to complete the work.

The first weekend of work is scheduled for 9pm Friday 9 February to 5am Monday 12 February 2018, weather and construction conditions permitting.

You will be notified of further work in a separate notification.

There will be temporary traffic changes in place which will affect travel times. Motorists are advised to expect delays, allow extra travel time and avoid non-essential travel in the area.

There will be extensive signage, traffic controllers and NSW Police in place to help direct traffic in and around the work area. Follow the direction of traffic controllers and signs at all times and keep to the speed limit.

Work Schedule

In order to reduce the impact of the work, it will be split into stages over three weekends.

Weekend One

We will be carrying out work at the intersection of O’Riordan Street, Sir Reginald Ansett Drive and Joyce Drive;

  • access to the Domestic Airport will be via Ross Smith Avenue, Sir Reginald Ansett Drive, Ninth Street or Seventh Street.
  • motorists heading eastbound on Qantas Drive should turn right into Seventh Street to access the Domestic Airport, where a contraflow arrangement will be in operation.
  • motorists heading southbound on O’Riordan Street will be directed to Ninth Street to access the Domestic Airport.
  • one lane in each direction will remain open on Joyce Drive.

How will the work affect you?

Work during the weekends will include:

  • removing and excavating the existing road
  • laying and rolling new asphalt
  • line marking and installing signage.

There will be some noise, dust, vibration and disruption associated with this work. Machinery and equipment used will include trucks, excavators, lighting towers, road saws, paving machines, rollers, vacuum trucks, grinders, light vehicles and hand tools.

Lighting towers will be directed away from properties at night, where possible. Pedestrian access will be maintained at all times, although minor temporary detours will be in place during the work.

Roadwork speed limits are enforceable, please follow the direction of traffic controllers and signs.

For the latest traffic updates, you can call 132 701, visit livetraffic.com or download the Live Traffic NSW App.

Contact

If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact our delivery partner John Holland Group on 1300 862 844 or comms.airporteast@jhg.com.au. For more information on this project, visit www.rms.nsw.gov.au/sydneyairport.

Thank you for your patience during this important work.

Weekly construction update

Airport East precinct upgrade

Week commencing Saturday 3 February 2018

The Australian and NSW Governments are upgrading roads in the Sydney Airport East precinct to improve traffic flow and access to the airport and Port Botany

Work includes:

  • traffic management to allow for roadwork, including sign installation and temporary traffic changes during construction
  • service identification and relocation, including trenching and the installation of new cables, drainage and utility pits on Joyce Drive
  • installation of new traffic loops, pavement reinstatement, line marking and barrier installation on Joyce Drive
  • construction work, including the removal of topsoil and vegetation, and the removal of kerb and a section of concrete median on Joyce Drive
  • service identification and relocation, including trenching on General Holmes Drive
  • roadwork, including kerb and gutter removal, pavement reinstatement and traffic barrier removal on General Holmes Drive
  • identifying underground utility locations and pavement investigation along Botany Road, Mill Pond Drive, Wentworth Avenue, Hardie Street, Beresford Street, General Holmes Drive and Joyce Drive
  • construction work inside the site compound area on Wentworth Avenue
  • power pole removal on Botany Road
  • earthwork, formwork and steel fixing at the new rail bridge location near Botany Road
  • use of the storage site in Dransfield Avenue
  • installing environmental controls
  • delivery of construction vehicles and equipment to the work areas

Standard construction hours for the project are from 7am to 6pm, Monday to Friday and 8am to 1pm on Saturday, excluding public holidays. Out of hours work will include up to five night shifts during the week, our night working hours are 9pm to 5am. Extended working hours on Saturday between 1pm and 6pm at the new rail bridge location. Not all work during this time will be noisy

There may be some noise, dust, vibration and disruption associated with this work. Machinery and equipment used may include trucks, excavators, lighting towers, road saws, plate compactors, vacuum trucks, grinders, cranes, elevated work platforms, chain saws, mulching machines, light vehicles, hand tools, concrete trucks and equipment.

There is upcoming weekend roadwork at the intersection of Joyce Drive and Sir Reginald Ansett Drive starting from 9pm Friday 9 February until 5am Monday 12 February 2018. There will be temporary traffic changes in place which will affect travel times. Motorists are advised to expect delays, allow extra travel time and avoid non-essential travel in this area.

We will continue to make every effort to minimise the impacts to the local community.

If you have any questions about the work, please contact our delivery partner, John Holland Group on 1300 862 844 or comms.airporteast@jhg.com.au. For more information on our projects, visit www.rms.nsw.gov.au/sydneyairport.

Thank you for your patience during this important work.

Work Schedule

In order to reduce the impact of the work, it will be split into stages over three weekends.

Cancelled: M4 Motorway Ramp Closures at the Northern Road

This is a courtesy email to advise that the upcoming closures of the M4 entry and exit ramps at The Northern Road have been cancelled for the following dates:

  • Friday 2 and Saturday 3 February 2018 the eastbound off-ramp to The Northern Road westbound on-ramp to the M4 Motorway.
  • Friday 9 and Saturday 10 February 2018 the eastbound on-ramp to the M4 Motorway and westbound off-ramp to The Northern Road.

Standard construction hours for the project are from 7am to 6pm, Monday to Friday and 8am to 1pm on Saturday, excluding public holidays. Out of hours work will include up to five night shifts during the week, our night working hours are 9pm to 5am. Extended working hours on Saturday between 1pm and 6pm at the new rail bridge location. Not all work during this time will be noisy

Night work will proceed using partial lane closures.

We will continue to update you as the project progresses.

if you have any questions or complaints please contact our community engagement team on 1800 870 665 or tnr.community@lendlease.com. For more information on Roads and Maritime projects, visit rms.nsw.gov.au/thenorthernroad.

Kind regards

Mary
Program Support Officer
Freight Branch | Regional and Freight Division
T 02 8848 8762

www.rms.nsw.gov.au

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