Greater mobility for cranes on NSW road network

7 February 2019

Cutting red tape will enable more access to the road network for the crane industry following the decision to improve access for mobile cranes.

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.

"I am pleased our work has resulted in two key access improvements for mobile cranes; the establishment of a 60 tonne mobile crane network, as well as extended and more consistent night-time travel options from 15 February 2019, Mrs Pavey said.

Key points

  • Roads and Maritime Services has worked in partnership with the Crane Industry Council of Australia and the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator
  • These cranes will now have easier access to key construction zones when travelling on the State 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 m long now have increased flexibility in their travel times with travel now being available from sunset to sunrise
  • Mobile crane and dolly combinations in excess of 15.5 m will also have increased flexibility to travel at night time, subject to conditions including travel outside of clearway times, peak times, or other restrictions in place on specific roads.

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.

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.”

Interactive maps for the mobile crane networks are available on the RMS website.

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