Rockhampton-Emu Park Road–Type 1 Road Train Access to Rockhampton Abattoirs

Safety and capacity upgrades have been completed for Stage 2 of Type 1 Road Train access to the Rockhampton abattoirs on the Rockhampton – Emu Park Road.

The Northern Australia Roads Program delivers updates to high priority roads in northern Australia essential to the movement of people and freight to support economic development.

The package of work delivered includes:

  • safety and capacity upgrades on the access route (Rockhampton-Emu Park Road) to the Rockhampton abattoirs
  • strengthening and widening of pavement including minor intersection upgrades between Goodsall Street and Thozet Road
  • replacement of Frenchmans Creek Bridge
  • widening of the Dorly Street intersection level crossing. 


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

Key features

We have delivered road upgrades to facilitate the safe access of Type 1 road trains between Central Queensland Livestock Exchange and the 2 meatworks located in North Rockhampton. 

The $10 million Stage 1 Rockhampton-Yeppoon Road intersections upgrade, funded by the Queensland Government, was completed in February 2017 and infrastructure works included: 

  • Moores Creek Road/Musgrave Street intersection upgrade
  • Queen Elizabeth Drive/Lakes Creek Road intersection upgrade. 

In June 2017 Rockhampton-Emu Park Road/St Christopher's Chapel Road intersection upgrade was finalised.  


The projects is funded by the Australian Government. Investment ID 13069

Total investment
$20 million
Australian Government
$20 million

Works completed for Stage 2 Type 1 road train access to Rockhampton abattoirs on the Rockhampton-Emu Park Road:

  • Installation of wide centre line treatment and resurfacing on Lakes Creek Road between Goodsall Street to Thozet Road including minor intersection upgrades—completed March 2020.
  • Installation of an east and westbound on-road cycle path—completed March 2020.
  • Replacement of Frenchmans Creek bridge—completed November 2020. 
  • Upgrade of Thozet Road and Lakes Creek Road intersection—completed February 2021.

Type 1 Road Train operators require a permit from the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) to travel directly to Rockhampton abattoirs. The conditions of the permit, including operating hours and route restrictions, have been established by TMR. 

Operational conditions

Type 1 road train access permits issued to operators will restrict operating hours to between 7pm and 7am, 7 days a week. Restricting operating hours to these times will reduce the overall impact on other road users, particularly during daytime peak traffic. 

Operators will be directed to the approved travel route through Rockhampton. 

Operators can now apply for their 2021 Type 1 Road Train permit to access the North Rockhampton abattoirs from the NHVR online at The 2021 permit extends from 4 January 2021 to 17 December 2021. 

Rockhampton Emu Park Road project map
Rockhampton Emu Park Road Type 1 road train access project map
Type 1 road train coming from North Rockhamption abattoir
Type 1 road train access to Rockhampton Emu Park Road