The Chain Valley Colliery about 55 km south-west of Newcastle supplies coal to the nearby power stations at Vales Point and Munmorah near the southern end of Lake Macquarie. In recent years, the colliery has also exported over half a million tonnes of extra coal annually via the Port of Newcastle.
The proposal to continue mining operations for a further 14 years has included feasibility studies for the construction of a haul road or combined conveyor/haul road link from the colliery to the Vales Point Rail Loop, on the main Northern Rail Line between Wyee and Morriset, to transport the export coal by rail.
EMM assessed road traffic impacts for the continued road haulage of export coal from the colliery in the interim, using a designated coal haulage route via the F3 Freeway and the New England Highway/Pacific Highway (Maitland Road) to Newcastle. We found the impacts of the additional project-related truck traffic will be minor compared with the significant volumes of interstate and other existing truck traffic using these routes.