Assessing mining impacts on road travel conditions in an intensive coal mining region in Australia: A case study of the northern Bowen basin

Akbar, D, Kinnear, S, Chhetri, P and Smith, P 2018, 'Assessing mining impacts on road travel conditions in an intensive coal mining region in Australia: A case study of the northern Bowen basin', Australasian Journal of Regional Studies, vol. 24, no. 1, pp. 35-61.


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Collection: Journal Articles

Title Assessing mining impacts on road travel conditions in an intensive coal mining region in Australia: A case study of the northern Bowen basin
Author(s) Akbar, D
Kinnear, S
Chhetri, P
Smith, P
Year 2018
Journal name Australasian Journal of Regional Studies
Volume number 24
Issue number 1
Start page 35
End page 61
Total pages 27
Publisher Regional Science Association * Australian and New Zealand Section
Abstract Road transport networks are essential for the sustainability of mining activities as well as the liveability of mining communities. This paper examined the impacts of mining activity on road travel conditions in the Bowen Basin region. A pressure-state-impact-response (PSIR) framework was used to identify the impacts of mining activity. Pressure (i.e., development), state (i.e., change) and impacts (i.e., effects) were identified by reviewing environmental impact assessments of selected coal mines' travel trips and commodities flow modelling. Following this a household travel survey was distributed to residents of the Moranbah and Emerald townships in order to explore mining communities' level of satisfaction with their road travel experiences. The study found that the poor pavement condition, safety and congestion was associated with over-dimensional vehicles. Other issues raised included perceptions of poor driver behaviour, particularly in regard to speed, inattention and fatigue. The research identified road user's support for confining the movement of wide loads to low-traffic periods (such as overnight), and introducing carpooling arrangements to reduce congestion and addressing the issues of accidents and driver fatigue. These findings have planning implications to future transport planning in the Bowen Basin region as well as other inland and intensive mining regions.
Subject Transport Planning
Logistics and Supply Chain Management
Economic Geography
Keyword(s) Road travel experience
intensive mining region
Queensland
ISSN 1324-0935
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