Walker Corporation’s $400 million Vicinity Industrial Base in Adelaide’s north has received a shot in the arm with the South Australian Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI) approving a new route for Road Train and Performance Based Standard (PBS) Scheme Level 3a at the estate.
Vicinity Industrial Base is Adelaide’s largest and newest master planned industrial estate located 10 kilometers north of Adelaide’s inner north areas of Regency Park and Wingfield, where there is often traffic congestion.
Aimed at improving transport productivity, the department’s decision for B-triple access will also improve highway safety and cut greenhouse gas emissions in the city.
Australian Trucking Association spokesman Bill McKinley said 20 B-triple trucks can move 1,000 tonnes of freight but it takes 42 semi-trailers to move the same amount. "B-triples are long distance line-haul trucks. You are not going to use one to deliver freight to your local Woolworths," said Mr McKinley.
Much of the appeal of the B-triple is its ability to be assembled from standard B-double trailer equipment and then easily converted back into a B-double when leaving the approved road network.
This provides a substantial productivity improvement over the equivalent conversion of a conventional B-double road train into a single semi-trailer when leaving the approved road network.
The decision to allow Level 3a access at Vicinity will be a significant benefit to the park’s existing tenants, which include Cahill Transport, Toll NQX, Kimberly-Clark, Autotherm and Nick Scali Furniture.
Mr Jon Nitschke, Associate Director of CBRE in Adelaide said “‘The decision by the department will be a major boost for the estate, as it will mean better access for heavy vehicles, in addition to the lots being affordable with sensible road layouts.
“Major transport groups Cahill Transport and Toll NQX will especially appreciate the determination, while others will appreciate Vicinity’s value to re-locate their transport depot and warehouse sites, with a large format service station to be opened by the end of 2014”, he added.
Walker has also built a new intersection at Heaslip Road and Pilatus Drive to cater for B Triple road trains.
The 100 hectare Vicinity Industrial Base is Adelaide’s largest industrial project currently under development, being located with direct links to the interstate freight routes.
Vicinity is positioned on the corner of Edinburgh and Heaslip Roads at Direk (10 minutes north of Dry Creek), just 3 kilometres from the new $560 million Northern Expressway to ensure easy access to the main freight routes in and out of Adelaide.
Walker has identified Adelaide’s northern suburbs as one of the most significant and strategic growth areas in Australia. It has been supported by excellent forward planning for infrastructure and growth by the State Government and local councils.
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