The Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) is opening the new Gatton Heavy Vehicle Decoupling Facility at the Gatton-Esk Interchange on the Warrego Highway. The facility will be opened today, Friday 30 April 2021 at 5pm.
Important information – dates and locations
- The Gatton Heavy Vehicle Decoupling Facility will be open at 5pm today.
- The temporary Road Train Transfer Facility will cease operation as a decoupling site and revert to a heavy vehicle interception site. The facility is no longer available to drop off trailers.
- The decoupling facility at Nass Road, Charlton will continue to operate as usual.
Operation of the Gatton Heavy Vehicle Decoupling Facility (the site)
Approved heavy vehicles travelling east on the Warrego Highway, Gatton will need to decouple at the site. This is to ensure compliance with heavy vehicle regulations and assists the industry by limiting the need to pay additional tolls for multiple trips across the Toowoomba Bypass.
Heavy vehicles will be able to use the facility to break down and reconfigure their combinations as required before continuing on their journey east.
- There are no time limits planned for trailer parking.
- The site contains 30 parking bays (additional bays could be provided in the future if required).
- The site is subject to a biosecurity management plan which is being enforced.
- Users must leave the site clean and tidy at all times.
- The site is monitored and clearly sign-posted that penalties apply for dumping livestock effluent or other waste onsite.
This site does not provide restrooms, recreational amenities, camping or an effluent dumping facility.
Access to the site
Heavy vehicle drivers can follow the directional signage to access the site from the east and west.
- Travelling east:
- vehicles exit the Warrego Highway at the Gatton-Esk Interchange, take the overpass to the southern side and access the decoupling facility from the roundabout.
- drop off appropriate trailers dependent on vehicle class and combination.
- after leaving the site, cross back over the overpass to then re-join the Warrego Highway eastbound.
- Travelling west:
- vehicles exit the Warrego Highway at the Gatton-Esk Interchange, then exit the roundabout to enter the decoupling site.
- after leaving the site, exit the first roundabout to re-join the Warrego Highway westbound.
Temporary Gatton Road Train Transfer Facility
The temporary Gatton Road Train Transfer Facility east of the Toowoomba Bypass will revert to an interception site now that the Gatton Heavy Vehicle Decoupling Facility is operational.
The facility is no longer available to drop off trailers. Dropping off trailers at any other non-approved site will not be permitted.
Heavy vehicles using the Toowoomba Bypass can choose to decouple at Nass Road, or at the Gatton Heavy Vehicle Decoupling Facility before continuing their journey east.
Visit the TMR project website for more information about the project.
For the latest information on road closures and traffic conditions across Queensland, visit www.tmr.qld.gov.au and search ‘Conditions of Operations Database’, visit the QLDTraffic website www.qldtraffic.qld.gov.au, download the QLDTraffic app or phone 13 19 40 for further assistance.