News

Trucking boss praises road work

Robert Blanchard, CEO of Blanchard Haulage, loves roadworks for the improvements they represent.
Robert Blanchard, CEO of Blanchard Haulage, loves roadworks for the improvements they represent. Adam Hourigan

EVERYONE is giving politicians a serve for bickering over the Federal-State split in highway funding, but a Grafton trucking company boss has nothing but praise.

"People don't give credit where it's due; they just concentrate on the next stretch of road that needs work," said Blanchard Haulage CEO Robert Blanchard.

"They've just opened the Ballina bypass and I want to congratulate the State and Federal governments for a wonderful road," Mr Blanchard said.

"Whenever I see the Pacific Hwy general manager Bob Higgins I congratulate him, as too many people come up to him and bag him and never are they saying thank you."

When pressed, nature's perfect gentleman was able to nominate his worst sections of road and still managed some praise.

"The stretch north along through Tabbimobil is a section that is quite poor. From here to Maclean running along the river isn't all that good, but that will all be picked up by the bypass of Grafton due by 2016."

His concerns are not about roadworks and funding debates, but about the need for highway rest facilities after towns are bypassed.

"When the RMS are doing the planning part of a bypass, they should be looking at who is going to be interested in putting a travel centre in here and when."

There were no service stations near the new Ballina bypass, he said, and as the highway improved and more bypasses were made, the stretch between refreshment stops lengthened for his drivers.

Topics:  politicians, road maintenance, trucks




Join the Community.

Get your local news, your way.

Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

World champion bronc rider trains first winner at Grafton

No Caption

Perfect start to young horseman's racehorse training career

OUR SAY: Degrading slogans not okay

TOO MUCH: Another Wicked Van spotted in Byron Main Beach car park on Sunday.

Wicked van slogans leaps and strides above toeing the line

RUGBY LEAGUE: Slater recalled for Dolphins selection

TOP PICK: Adam Slater (left) has been rewarded for his efforts with the Grafton Ghosts in 2016 by being selecting in the North Coast representative side.

Snubbed Grafton forward called up for North Coast

Latest deals and offers

The McClymonts - Blood Is Thicker Than Water

THE McCLYMONTS: Mollie, Sam and Brooke are coming home to play at the Saraton Theatre in August.

The McClymonts dropped into The Daily Examiner and played Blood Is Thicker Than...

Grafton City SES Training

Grafton SES unit controller Adam Jarrett explains the process involved in being an...

British family bashed in Thailand

Family beaten and kicked unconscious by gang in Thailand.

Family beaten and kicked unconscious by gang in Thailand.

How a sacked real estate agent made $725k in four months

Agent is now under investigation by the industry watchdog

VIDEO: Art Deco fan pays $835,000 for Imperial Hotel

No Caption

Iconic "Impy" sold at a bargan price to bidder who loves Art Deco.

RBA warns of future apartment oversupply

Toowoomba: Crest Apartments and Burke & Wills, Ruthven Street ( view from Neil Street) Photo Bev Lacey / The Chronicle

RBA says oversupply of apartments poses risk to household finances