Plan puts 64,000 trucks a year on Wangi Rd
11th August 2020
?? 31,250 trucks a year could be added to Wangi Road ??
?? I'm very concerned about Centennial Coal's plans to truck a million tonnes of coal a year between the Myuna Colliery at Wangi and its land at Awaba via Wangi Rd and Wilton Rd.
?? In short, Centennial wants to mix its Myuna coal with its Mandalong coal to provide the standard needed by Origin Energy to run Eraring Power Station, but to do this they need to truck a million tonnes a year to Awaba out of the currently-unused Wangi Point Road intersection (which is about half-way down the southern hill between the two Wangi turnoffs).
?? That equates to 31,250 truck loads a year, or 20 trucks per hour coming in or out of Wangi Point Road, into a 90kmh zone, and heading up the hill. I just don't believe that will work without regular accidents, casualties and even fatalities.
?? Centennial's application says "no widening or improvement works are required on Wangi Road" or at the intersection which currently has no turning lanes. I strongly disagree.
?? I absolutely accept the arguments that we need to keep Centennial's employees in jobs, and the State currently needs Eraring operating, but this plan is risky and dangerous in my opinion, and a different option has to be found.
?? The plan is on public exhibition until Thursday but I have asked the Minister to extend that by two weeks to allow more people to see it and make submissions.
?? You can make submissions here.
?? You can read Centennial's application here.