Appleby Lane work to improve access for B-Doubles

Road ready: Col Murray, Kevin Anderson and Barnaby Joyce.
Road ready: Col Murray, Kevin Anderson and Barnaby Joyce.

A MAJOR freight route is set for an upgrade to better connect areas north of Tamworth to the Glen Artney Industrial Area.

A six-kilometre unsealed section of Appleby Lane, between the Oxley Highway and Gidley-Appleby Road, will be widened and sealed.

The intersection of Appleby Lane and Manilla Road will also be upgraded as part of the project, which will significantly improve the local road network by providing easier access for B-Double trucks.

Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson said work including bulk earthworks, relocation of power and telecommunications services, drainage upgrades and road widening will continue in stages. The $4.3 million project will be jointly funded by the Australian Government, New South Wales Government and Tamworth Regional Council.

“A final bitumen seal along the six-kilometre stretch of the lane will be applied in October this year to complete the project,” Tamworth Region Mayor Col Murray said.