Oct 5, 2010

Major contract awarded for new Nhill truck stop

Major contract awarded for new Nhill truck stop

The Hon Anthony Albanese MPC

The Minister for Infrastructure and Transport

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

October 5 2010

The major contract for the $11.4 million project to design and construct a new Nhill Trailer Exchange has been awarded to Winslow Constructors.

Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister Anthony Albanese and Victorian Roads and Ports Minister Tim Pallas announced the contract today for the detailed design and construction of the new truck stop, with main site works expected to begin later this year.

Mr Albanese welcomed the awarding of the major contract, saying the vital project would deliver a bigger, better and safer trailer exchange in Nhill on the Western Highway.

“Subject to the new facility’s final designs, up to 100 trucks at a time will be able to swap trailers at the halfway point between Adelaide and Melbourne,” said Mr Albanese.

“The Gillard Labor Government has been working with the trucking industry, as well as state and territory governments, to address the lack of safe, modern roadside facilities along the nation’s highways.

“By providing truck drivers with more opportunities to get the rest they need, we’re making our roads safer for all users.

“Nationwide, Federal money is helping to build 34 new and refurbish 59 existing rest stops as well as fund 27 new and refurbished parking bays, and 21 new and refurbished decoupling bays.”

This announcement comes after construction work on turning lanes on the Western Highway entering and exiting the new trailer exchange site was completed in July this year.

Mr Pallas said truck drivers would have more spaces to change over trailers at the new facility, with the existing exchange site at Nhill only having 23 vehicle spaces.

“The new site is further away from the township, which will also improve the current situation where drivers are forced to swap trailers in Nhill,” Mr Pallas said.

“The Gillard and Brumby Labor Governments are working together to deliver improved transport links to make freight operations more efficient and deliver a better transport system for all Victorians.”

A 2008 VicRoads study found more than 1000 trucks passed through Nhill each day, with about 250 trucks exchanging trailers at Nhill in a 24-hour period.

The Nhill Trailer Exchange is being delivered in addition to a $50 million program to improve safety along the Western Highway between Stawell and the South Australian border.