End of the road for free toll

RACQ has reminded motorists the toll free period on the recently opened Toowoomba Bypass would end in the coming days.

From Monday 9 December, it would cost $2.30 per trip for cars (Class 2), $1.15 for motorcycles, $5.70 for light commercial vehicles and $22.85 for trucks (heavy commercial) to travel on the road.

Club spokesperson Lauren Ritchie said drivers needed to decide whether the price was worth the significant time saving.

“We hope motorists have taken the opportunity to try before they buy to see how this route can benefit them,” Ms Ritchie said.

“By using the bypass you can skip up to 18 sets of traffic lights and reduce your travel time by up to 40 minutes.”

Data obtained from the Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) revealed the new road was used by more than 8,000 vehicles per day on the range section of the bypass during October, and more than 6,000 vehicles per day towards Charlton on the western side of Toowoomba City.

“Every day this bypass is taking thousands of cars and trucks off Toowoomba streets, improving traffic flow and safety in the city centre,” Ms Ritchie said.

“The old range road has a history of crashes, particularly for trucks. The new road is faster, safer and more efficient.”

Motorists who travelled on toll roads in Queensland are required to pay fees via Linkt within three days of travel.

More information on the Toowoomba Bypass, including toll fees, could be found on TMR’s website.