WARY: Jan Roche, of Eureka, has had many bad experiences while driving on the Pacific Highway. Picture: JACKLYN WAGNER
WARY: Jan Roche, of Eureka, has had many bad experiences while driving on the Pacific Highway. Picture: JACKLYN WAGNER

Warning road freight may treble

By WILL JACKSON

JAN ROCHE can't imagine what it's going to be like when the number of trucks travelling on the Pacific Highway triples.

The Eureka woman already tries to avoid driving on the road because of all the heavy traffic but, according to a new report, things are only going to get worse.

The new Sydney-Brisbane Corridor Strategy, jointly developed by the Federal, NSW and Queensland governments, found total freight travelling between the two cities is going to nearly triple to 17 million tonnes by 2029.

The report predicted heavy traffic would increase on the Pacific Highway by 3.4 per cent each year until 2025.

Ballina MP Don Page said the figures intensified the argument for the State and Federal governments to spend more on the highway upgrade to ensure it was completed as soon as possible.

"Previous figures had estimated freight would double, but these latest figures show the increase is much greater than originally thought," Mr Page said.

Lennox Head woman Lyndal Denny, who is campaigning against reckless truck drivers, said she knew plenty of people who would already rather add an extra 20 minutes on to their travel time and go via back roads.



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