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Take trucks off the freeway and send them north around the Hills.
That’s the long-term solution to deadly runaway trucks preferred by Adelaide Hills Mayor Bill Spragg and Hills MP Isobel Redmond in the wake of last week’s horror crash at the Cross Road and Glen Osmond Road intersection.
While a peak transport industry body rejects the idea, saying the freeway was built as a national freight route, the Hills community leaders said providing an alternative route was the safest option. Ms Redmond prefers a toll road approach while Mr Spragg says the Federal Government should revisit a Local Government Association proposal to build a northern dual road and rail freight corridor.
“If (a northern bypass) saves lives and improves efficiency then it should be considered,” Mr Spragg said. As a short-term alternative, the Mayor said all trucks should be restricted to the left-hand lane of the freeway, with no overtaking, and fully laden trucks which are often slower, should be directed to use the old Mt Barker Road.