Hanson Concrete relocates to Bowen Hills but locals say it causes congestion on road
Brendan McMahon is concerned that approvals to position the Hanson concrete batching plant at the Bus Depot on Abbotsford Rd will lead to further congestion and possibly accidents. Picture: Peter Cronin
RESIDENTS and cyclists in Bowen Hills have questioned Brisbane City Council’s decision to approve a concrete plant on one of the city’s busiest thoroughfares.
Hanson Concrete plans to move its operations from South Brisbane to Abbotsford Rd to accommodate the Kurilpa Riverfront Renewal project on the southside.
It will be 500m from residential pockets with 100 truck movements expected.
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Albion resident Brendan McMahon said significant upgrades will be needed once trucks start moving to and from the site.
“The current factory at South Brisbane that Hanson operates, does not back onto such a busy road,” he said.
“The council is pushing for reurbanisation (with the Albion Mill project). More trucks from this factory would need to go hand in hand with infrastructure upgrades in this area.
“Heavy industry can exist in Albion, but not at this location due to it’s proximity to a very busy road.”
Mr McMahon said sites on old Sandgate Rd next to Breakfast Creek would be quieter and more accessible.
He and Brisbane CBD Bicycle User Group member Aaron Ball are also concerned at the higher number of trucks that may begin using the Hudson Rd and Bridge St intersection which was recently earmarked for $512,000 worth of upgrades.
“Many cement trucks as well as other heavy vehicles travel northbound and use Burrows St/ Hudson Rd as a direct access to Gympie Rd/Wavell Heights and northern suburbs and Sandgate Rd to avoid Albion and Clayfield,” Mr McMahon said.
“When a truck goes across the bridge at Bridge St and Hudson Rd, a car cannot pass. You must let the truck turn first.”
“There are two concrete plants whose trucks use this intersection heavily, which have to negotiate around bicyclists,” Mr Ball said.
Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning Jeff Seeney said the site falls in precinct 9 of the Bowen Hills Priority Development Area Development Scheme where general industry is allowed.
“It’s critical that concrete batching plants are in proximity to the developments they will be servicing to ensure the concrete produced does not set in the agitator truck prior to getting to the worksite,” he said.
“There are many examples of these plants existing in general industry areas of cities, and this site has been chosen for its large size, and compatible surrounding land uses which include light industry, service industry, showrooms and an office.
A traffic engineering report was submitted in support of the proposal.
This report concluded that “the development is expected to generate less than 2 per cent of total peak hour trips on Abbotsford Road ... The development traffic will have no significant impact on the operation of the surrounding road network.”
A spokesman for Hanson Concrete said they had contingency plans in place, but were waiting to see the details of the draft master plan for West End before making any decisions on the future of its plant.
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