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Don Watson Transport partners with Primary Connect on A-double first for Sydney

Primary Connect has partnered with Don Watson Transport to trial the first approved 35-metre A-double combination operating in the Sydney region.

Transport NSW approved the trial in February to help businesses create more efficient ways to move goods for their customers during the pandemic.

Two 35-metre A-Double combinations, pulled by Kenworth K200s, travel between Sydney and Melbourne daily, passing each other along the Hume Highway.

Their final destination is at Primary Connect’s consolidation sites in Truganina VIC and Wetherill Park NSW.

A permit for the use of 35-metre A-Double combinations in Victoria had previously been granted by the Victorian Government.

Over the past few years, Don Watson Transport has partnered with Primary Connect to operate A-double combinations between Melbourne and Brisbane.

Lyndon Watson, CEO Don Watson Transport, said he was excited to be part of the trial into Sydney.

“The trial in partnership with Primary Connect has been a great experience,” said Watson.

“These high performance vehicles are so advanced. They are designed with a fixed drawbar which improves braking performance,” he said.

“They hum along by themselves and are typically contained on the highway and industrial estates while east of the Newell Highway. The general public don’t even know they are there.”

With each trailer having the capacity to hold 22 pallets, a 35-metre A-double combination will help reduce truck movements according to Primary Connect.

The logistics specialist for the Woolworths Group anticipates a 29 per cent productivity improvement with it equating to a total of 44 pallets.

A standard B-double load would typically hold 34 pallets.

The trial is expected to continue until the end of June.

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