Over the last two years, HDS Australia has completed a number of Heavy Vehicle Route Assessments (HVRA) for the Department of Transport Planning and Infrastructure (DPTI) to enable higher productivity freight movements on some of South Australia’s important freight corridors. Routes assessed include Murray Bridge to Lobethal via Palmer, Tungkillo and Mount Torrens, as well as Tailem Bend to the Barossa Valley via Murray Bridge, Sedan and Truro.
The benefits arising from higher productivity vehicle freight movements are obvious, given that once these routes are approved for larger vehicles, more goods and produce can be transported in a single load.
However, what might not be as obvious to those outside the industry is that these approved routes also provide significant safety benefits to general road users in South Australia. Use of these routes enable heavy vehicle freight movements to avoid high volume passenger routes such as the South Eastern Freeway and through suburban Adelaide. Freight routes assessed by HDS Australia typically have significantly lower traffic volumes than general access routes. To maintain acceptable levels of road safety on these routes, HDS Australia determines the risks associated with larger vehicles using the route and recommends improvements to the roads to reduce the risk to acceptable levels. This ensures that the freight routes can only be approved for larger vehicles when issues associated with very high and high priority risk sites are resolved.
HDS Australia has also undertaken a large number of heavy vehicle route assessments for local government and private industry clients wishing to achieve similar productivity and safety improvements.