Clare and Gilbert Valleys Council to assess each road train application

Black Springs carrier Trent Dixon with his road train, about to fill up on farm to head back onto the Barrier Highway and deliver peas to Viterra at Tarlee.
Black Springs carrier Trent Dixon with his road train, about to fill up on farm to head back onto the Barrier Highway and deliver peas to Viterra at Tarlee.

Road users between Roseworthy and Burra will notice a slight change in the truck combinations using Barrier Highway – it’s now gazetted for road trains. 

Black Springs carrier Trent Dixon was the first to receive a permit allowing him to drive his road train along the road, prior to the gazette. 

He carts hay, livestock, grain and grapes (during vintage). 

Mr Dixon said he now has permits through Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure and Clare and Gilbert Valleys Council for access to farm gates along council owned roads. 

This access then leads directly back to the Barrier Highway to cart grain directly to silos.

Mr Dixon said these permits had to be renewed every three years. 

Road train drivers must also drive 10km/h below the signed speed limits. 

He is only allowed road train combinations up to 30 metres on council road, while along the Barrier Highway total length is allowed to 36.5m. 

“For us, it means we are carting 15 tonne more per load. It’s far more economical for us, that’s our biggest win,” Mr Dixon said. 

While harvest is yet to gain strong momentum, Mr Dixon said he hadn’t seen many other road trains carting grain locally but said this would change in the coming weeks. 

The biggest combinations allowed on the roads, without permits, most recently have been B-double. 

CGVC works and infrastructure manager Chris Miller said council decided at its Monday, November 20, meeting it would assess each application as it was presented. 

The applications were for farm gate access for road trains. 

Mr Miller said each road was different and routes would be determined on a case-by-case situation. 

He hoped, long-term, that specific outlines of routes could be created, along with upgrading of roads where necessary but this wouldn’t happen quickly. 

Mr Miller said at this point, the road train access would remain along the Barrier Highway and there had been no indication of an upgrade of the road to allow access from Giles Corner up to the Clare Valley.