Port Hedland traffic congestion grows
Port Hedland traffic congestion grows

More than 1.25 million extra vehicles are travelling on Port Hedland’s busiest road per annum compared to three years ago.

Main Roads figures from 2011/12 show the Port-South Hedland road, namely between Redbank Bridge and the Cooke Point turn off, is now handling 92,373 vehicles per week, or more than 4.8 million each year.

The figures reveal a 35 per cent increase in total traffic along the road since 2009.

Among the major changes in vehicle patterns over the past 12 months has been a 65 per cent increase in the amount of double road trains using the road. There has also been a 30 per cent jump in Class 3 vehicles, namely two-axle trucks and buses.

The number of triple road trains - the largest type of vehicle measured - has dropped 12.5 per cent in the past year to 2012 per week.

Class 1 vehicles, such as sedans, wagons, 4WDs and motorbikes, make up 85 per cent of all traffic on the road, followed by Class 3 (6.1 per cent) and triple road trains (3.5 per cent).

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