Road train restriction costs owner thousands

Local road train owner David Kemble must dismantle his trucks to be able to get them across the restricted road.
Local road train owner David Kemble must dismantle his trucks to be able to get them across the restricted road.

David Kemble is set to lose thousands of dollars a year after a new Abattoirs Road road-train restriction takes place Thursday.

Mr Kemble’s property is now in a “black spot” for road-train use as the only other access in Coonamia was also restricted to road trains.

Abattoirs Road recently had a $1 million upgrade to make the conditions more suitable for bigger vehicles, but it was only after the upgrade was completed that Mr Kemble received notification that road-trains would be restricted from using it.

“I got a letter saying our permit will cease on July 30 and we won’t be able to cross the railway track,” Mr Kemble said.

“I can’t get to my property without crossing a railway line.”

Mr Kemble and his company Kemble Contractors used the road to carry containers of commodities for One Steel and have been using the road for years.

“We have been using the crossing for 10 years and they have not altered the crossing, they have just altered the road,” Mr Kemble said.

“We have had permits for that crossing for probably 10-years-plus.”

Mr Kemble said that he will now have to dismantle the road trains on the side of the road to get them in and out of the area.

“If they had altered the crossing, you could understand why they would want to reassess,” Mr Kemble said.

“The train doesn’t really have to see me, I have to see it and the boom and gates have to do the rest.”