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SPC working on a road solution

<p>Sydney Ports Corporation was working to improve road transport logistics issues around Port Botany, chief executive Greg Martin said yesterday (Thursday, November 23).</p> <p>The projected doubling of the transport task would translate into an increase in the number of trucks using the road system, he said.</p> <p>While the future number of port trucks on the road would continue to represent a low proportion when compared to total traffic (between 1-2%), SPC said it was important that growth was accommodated on existing infrastructure through better traffic and operational management.</p> <p>&#8220We have import receivers and depots which only work five days a week &#8211 five and a half days if you’re lucky,&#8221 Mr Martin said. </p> <p>&#8220You have truckies who would prefer not to work seven days a week but the reality is there’s no point in them working seven days, if there’s nowhere for them to take the box to. The reality is, something has to change.</p> <p>&#8220Unless the industry can start to get itself organised to do something, then you could possibly see draconian blunt instruments used &#8211 like penalising people for moving boxes in the daytime.</p> <p>&#8220We’re not proposing that, but we’ve seen that happen in other places like Los Angeles. Something will have to happen.&#8221</p> <p>Sydney Ports wanted to work it out and would pursue Australian Competition and Consumer Commission approval to hold talks with the two stevedores, Mr Martin said.</p> <p>&#8220We tried to do that a couple of years ago but were told to leave it,&#8221 he said.</p> <p>&#8220We can’t continue to have this massive peak in congestion like we’re seeing down there on Monday mornings. The ships are still pouring in on weekends, and not a single box leaves the terminals.&#8221</p> <p>Key initiatives being undertaken by SPC in 2006&#4707 include:</p> <p>&#8226 Planning and developing road and rail access arrangements for the Port Botany expansion</p> <p>&#8226 Implementing the one-way system for Simblist and Friendship Roads at the southern precinct of Port Botany</p> <p>&#8226 Continuing dialogue with industry and the Roads and Traffic Authority regarding the introduction of super B-double trucks within the Port Botany precinct and</p> <p>&#8226 Ongoing liaison with industry to ensure the effective management of the pre-Christmas peak with minimal adverse impacts on port users and the community.</p> <br />