Long-standing business bounces back after closure threat
BUSINESS is slowly picking up at Beaurepaires Warwick after the long-standing establishment came to an agreement regarding B-double access to the workshop.
In November, owner Jason King was concerned the business, which has been operating in Warwick for more than three decades, was staring down the barrel of closure.
Mr King said he had seen business from B-doubles practically brought to a halt with the extension of a traffic island outside the workshop on the corner of Condamine St and Albion St.
Then he learned from the Southern Downs Regional Council B-doubles were never permitted to access his business from Condamine St because it was not an approved B-double route.
But now Beaurepaires has worked with the council and the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator, who is responsible for approving B-double routes, to work out a solution.
NHVR stakeholder specialist Jason Stewart said the regulator would allow B-double access to Condamine St to the eastern boundary of Beaurepaires.
Any B-double driving beyond that will require a NHVR permit.
"Heavy vehicle drivers were concerned about crossing a single line marking around a new traffic island on Condamine St,” Mr Stewart said.
"As it was a single line, the local road managers have allowed access by any vehicle, unlike double barrier lines, which would lead to restrictions.”
Mr King said allowing B-double access was a start and as long as drivers could enter and exit safely, he was happy.
"I was unsure about the white lines (around the traffic island) I didn't think I could drive over them, but it's legal to go right across to the island and go out and around,” he said.
"As long as that's safe and they can get in and out, I'm happy.”
Mr King said ultimately he would like to see the traffic island trimmed and a telegraph pole on the corner of Condamine St and Albion St, outside BP, removed as drivers currently move quite close to it.
But a simulation done by NHVR had shown B-doubles could manoeuvre around the island, he said.
Mr King said the business was no longer facing an immediate threat of closure.
"Business has picked up in other areas, we've had a few more B-doubles now that they're legal to be in here,” Mr King said.
"People have been good, a lot of people have been talking to us about it.”
Mr Stewart confirmed simulations had been used to map a safe path for B-doubles.
"We were able to use heavy vehicle simulation to ensure the swept paths of heavy vehicles would allow a left-in to the business and left-out at Albion St,” he said.
"An alternate truck route will also be put in place to allow heavy vehicles to move north after making the left-out turn from Condamine St onto Albion St.”