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Q. What are the potential implications of Project traffic on nearby local and regional roads?
A. Project traffic is likely to include the use of Bulunbulun Road, Gap Road and Werris Creek Road.  The Traffic and Transport Impact Assessment states the Project will only consume a relatively small portion of the available capacity in each of these three roads.  The Project traffic likely to use Bulunbulun Road, Gap Road and Werris Creek Road would consume 8.2%, 1.7% and 1.5% of the available capacity or less respectively. The capacity of these local roads is able to sufficiently cater for the traffic generated by the Project.
 
Q. What is the potential safety impact on Werris Creek Road, Bulunbulun Road and Gap Road due to the Project?
A. The pre-existing condition and capacity of the local road network is able to sufficiently cater for the traffic generated by the Project. Current intersection and safety performance and clear zone road widths will not be impeded by the predicted additional traffic volumes.
 
Q. What is the assessment of capacity and safety at key road intersections? 
A. Ample spare capacity is available at each of the key intersections primarily used by the Project. Traffic to be generated by the Project alone is predicted to consume between 2-9% of the overall available capacity. In this regard, the Project will not increase the demand at these intersections to a point where performance or safety fails.
 
Q. What other alternative routes will there be after local road closures due to the Project?
A. The upgraded Clift Road-Werner Road-Cull Road and the existing Nea Siding Road will offer alternative routes following the closure of local roads during the operation phase of the Project. These alternative routes have sufficient capacity to cater for any minor additional traffic from other avenues. In this regard, the Project will not place excessive traffic pressures on these routes
 
Q. Will Project coal trains have a potential to impact on existing and seasonally fluctuating agricultural rail requirements?
A. Only after passenger and agricultural services are catered for does ARTC allocate the remaining paths to general freight trains and coal trains. In this regard, the Project will not place unnecessary pressure on the rail capacity for agriculture.
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