Assessing the impacts of Multi-Combination Vehicles on Motorways

Harris, Jesse (2017) Assessing the impacts of Multi-Combination Vehicles on Motorways. [USQ Project]


In Australia, trucks up to 42.5 tonnes gross combination mass and 19 metres in overall length frequently operate on major urban routes and rural roads. Road trains weighing up to 115 tonnes and 53 metres in length operate largely in remote locations. Innovative vehicle combinations are constantly being introduced in an effort to develop new efficient combinations to reduce overall freight costs. The number and type of MCVs requesting access to Australian roads is increasing and as a result placing pressure on transport regulators to expand the networks available to them.

Australia is currently seeing a population growth figure that is has not seen for 40 years, with 1.6% in 2015. Australia is expected to experience strong and consistent growth into the future. As a result transport of freight will face increased demand. It is predicted that the mass of freight will increase by 61% to 88% between 2011 and 2031.

The aim of this project is to determine if permitting additional types of MCV on our motorways is a feasible solution to the rapid population growth Australia is currently seeing. To gain a greater understanding of the limitations a literature review on MCV operational characteristics, motorway standards and governing regulations was undertaken. Productivity, amenity, safety and infrastructure loading were analysed to perform an economic cost-benefit analysis.

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Item Type: USQ Project
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)(Civil)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Civil Engineering and Surveying (1 Jul 2013 - 31 Dec 2021)
Supervisors: Snook, Chris
Date Deposited: 09 Sep 2021 03:33
Last Modified: 09 Sep 2021 03:33

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