Truckies get new breakdown point

The sign at the entrance of the old breakdown pad advising it will be closed.
The sign at the entrance of the old breakdown pad advising it will be closed.

THE unofficial truck breakdown pad beside the Flinders Hwy at Roseneath near Townsville will close permanently today. Anyone using it after this date could face prosecution.

For many years truck drivers travelling into Townsville from the west have used the dirt area just off the road.

It was common to see many trailers parked there, which allowed trucks with legal loads to travel into Townsville.

A Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads spokeswoman told Big Rigs of the closure.

Big Rigs was there on August 12 and snapped pics of signs advising of the closure.

However, the new nearby Townsville truck breakdown pad is now available for truck drivers to break down road trains prior to entering Townsville.

It is 1.4km south of the Roseneath pad, back towards Charters Towers.

Some truck drivers have told Big Rigs the location of the new pad 300m off the highway is confusing.

To get there you need to turn at the traffic lights into the Townsville distribution precinct.

The Townsville breakdown pad is at the rear of the estate.

If you are travelling out of Townsville you turn right at the traffic lights.

Truckies turning left towards Townsville after leaving the new pad at the lights should beware of one danger.

As part of traffic light controls, there is an arrow, which they can only proceed on when it turns green.

Two industrial bins have been provided at the back right-hand side of the new site.

Drivers must leave the site in a clean state and free of rubbish.

Any damage or environmental issues must be immediately reported to the department by phoning 07 4720 7200.

Phone the department's community engagement team on 1800 625 648 for further information.

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