The NSW Government has established two new changes to regulations to provide mobile cranes greater access to the NSW road network.
Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight, Melinda Pavey, said the NSW Government has been working with industry to improve access for mobile cranes and deliver increased efficiency for the construction sector, while maintaining road safety and minimising travel time impacts to the broader community.
A 60-tonne mobile crane network has been established as part of these changes, along with extended and more consistent night-time travel options.
Cranes will have easier access to construction zones when travelling on the state’s road network to the Parramatta, Liverpool and Chatswood CBDs utilising the M2, M5, M7 and M4 between Mamre Road, St Marys and Silverwater Road, Silverwater.
Mobile cranes up to 15.5 metres long also now have increased flexibility in their travel times, now being available from sunset to sunrise.
Mobile crane and dolly combinations in excess of 15.5 metres will also have increased flexibility to travel at night, subject to conditions including travel outside of clearway times, peak times or other specific restrictions.
Roads and Maritime Services partnered with the Crane Industry Council of Australia and the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator to reduce the access restrictions.
“These changes will support greater utilisation of the existing road network, reducing travel times and costs for crane operators, making it easier to do business in NSW,” Pavey said.
“This announcement builds on the previous work done to enable 50 tonne mobile cranes greater access to the state road network and demonstrates the NSW Government’s commitment to cutting red tape.”