Truckies look to the west
By ADRIAN MILLER
AS CALLS for an upgrade of the Summerland Way continue to grow, Grafton truck companies have waded into the debate saying they believe the idea has merit.
Cromack and Tranter director Graeme Cromack said by upgrading the Summerland Way you would alleviate much of the pressure off the Pacific Highway.
"If we get trucks onto the Summerland Way it's a definite advantage," he said.
"We completely agree with it because since they've opened up the Pacific Highway to B-doubles it's become so congested."
Mr Cromack said there would be benefits to truckies and regular car drivers for the Summerland Way to be upgraded.
"Absolutely, it would make things better because not only is it a good way into Brisbane from the west rather than the south but there is very little traffic on it," he said.
Blanchard Herb Haulage CEO Rob Blanchard agreed the Summerland Way upgrade should be considered, but warned certain sections would not handle the increased load.
"Before that happens there need to be some upgrades to what we call Main Road 65 in between Lismore and Bangalow," he said.
"That part of the road wouldn't handle the traffic volume unless it was upgraded first," he said.
Mr Blanchard said if the Summerland Way were to be upgraded, it shouldn't be at the expense of the Pacific Highway because both need doing.
"Both have to be done, it's not an issue of just doing one and not the other," he said.