Gatton Heavy Vehicle Decoupling Facility

The permanent Gatton Heavy Vehicle Decoupling Facility allows heavy vehicle drivers to reconfigure their combinations to conform to national regulations before continuing their journey east.

When the Toowoomba Bypass opened in 2019, Type 1 road trains and Performance Based Standards (PBS) Level 3A networks were extended to the eastern side of the Gatton interchange. A temporary short stay Road Train Transfer Facility was developed at the Gatton interception site on the Warrego Highway to help accommodate trailer transfers until a new permanent facility could be built.

Construction is now complete on the permanent Gatton Heavy Vehicle Decoupling Facility for heavy vehicle drivers to reconfigure their combinations to conform to national regulations before continuing their journey east.

All Type 1 road trains and PBS Level 3A combinations must conform to complying B-doubles or otherwise permitted combinations (for example, PBS A-double) before continuing east of the Gatton Heavy Vehicle Decoupling Facility.

It is an offence for Type 1 road trains to travel east of the Gatton Heavy Vehicle Decoupling Facility.

Read more about heavy vehicle regulations, routes and restrictions.

In the coming weeks, the temporary facility will revert to its previous function as a heavy vehicle interception site.

Benefits

  • Improves safety
  • Increases capacity
  • Improves network efficiency
  • Reduces travel time
  • Contributes to economy
  • Contributes to regional growth

Key features

  • 30 parking bays.
  • No time limits for trailer parking.
  • Reduced travel times and distance.
  • Option to decouple on either side of the Toowoomba Bypass.

Funding

This project is jointly funded by the Australian and Queensland governments as part of the Toowoomba Bypass.

Current status

The facility is now open for use.

How to use the Gatton Heavy Vehicle Decoupling Facility

Heavy vehicles can use the facility to break-down and reconfigure their combination, access the highway to the east and continue on their way for delivery.

Users must leave the site clean and tidy at all times. The site will be monitored via CCTV and will be clearly sign-posted advising drivers that penalties apply for dumping onsite.

Dropping off trailers at temporary facilities or any other non-formal site is not permitted along the Warrego Highway east of Toowoomba.

Prime movers required for transporting trailers east of the Gatton Heavy Vehicle Decoupling Facility may change direction using either the:

  • Gatton-Esk Road overpass: restricted to Type 1 combinations, PBS Level 3A combinations up to 36.5m and HML mass limits
  • College View overpass: restricted to vehicles and combinations at Heavy Vehicle (Mass, Dimension and Loading) National Regulation mass limits and up to 19m long only.

Site restrictions

Site restrictions include:

  • no restroom or recreational facilities
  • no dumping of industrial or livestock waste (tyres, batteries, and so on)
  • no camping allowed.

The site is being monitored. Penalties apply for dumping livestock effluent, or other waste onsite.

Gatton Heavy Vehicle Decoupling Facility layout

Gatton heavy vehicle decoupling facility map 

Entering facility - Gatton from Brisbane 

How to access heavy vehicle decoupling facility Gatton from Brisbane 

Exiting facility - Gatton to Brisbane

How to access heavy vehicle decoupling facility Gatton to Brisbane 

Entering facility - Gatton from Toowoomba

How to access heavy vehicle decoupling facility Gatton from Toowoomba 

Exiting facility - Gatton to Toowoomba

How to access heavy vehicle decoupling facility Gatton to Toowoomba 

Closure of temporary facility

The temporary Gatton Road Train Transfer Facility will be reverted to a heavy vehicle interception site. The decoupling facility at Nass Road, Charlton will continue to operate as usual.