Mar 25, 2010

More rest stops on the way in New South Wales

More rest stops on the way in New South Wales

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

March 25 2010

Truck drivers will soon have more safe places to pull over and take a break or catch up on their sleep following the approval of funding to build four new and upgrade ten existing rest stops along the State’s busiest highways.

Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister Anthony Albanese today announced details of the NSW projects that will receive funding under the second and final round of the $70 million Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program.

“The Rudd Labor Government will invest $9.7 million to build and upgrade rest stops along the Hume, Mitchell, New England, Newell, Princes and Golden highways, with the NSW Government matching our funding,” said Mr Albanese.

“Upon taking office, we recognised there was a lack of safe, modern rest stops along the nation’s highways. The Program we’ve put in place to begin rectifying this situation represents the biggest single Federal investment in the roadside facilities used by truck drivers.

“By working together the governments of Australia are providing truck drivers with more opportunities to get the rest they need, making our roads safer for all users.”

See attached maps and table for the details and locations of approved projects. The new projects are in addition to the 58 projects approved under the Program’s first round, including 6 new and 44 refurbished rest stops and parking bays.

Every year more than 200 people are killed in road crashes involving heavy vehicles – up to 20 per cent of all road deaths.

NSW Minister Assisting the Minister for Transport and Roads David Borger said in addition the new and upgraded rest stops, funding has also been allocated to strengthen the Hunter River Bridge at Denman on the Golden Highway.

“This investment will allow bigger, heavier trucks to use the bridge, thereby reducing travel times between Dunedoo and Branxton in the State’s west,” said Mr Borger.

“Targeted investment like this will open more our road network to trucks, freeing up the movement of freight across the country and easing congestion in our cities.”

The projects were selected following consultations with state and territory authorities as well as the trucking industry.

HEAVY VEHICLE SAFETY & PRODUCTIVITY PROGRAM

ROUND TWO PROJECTS – NEW SOUTH WALES

 Highway / Location  Project
 F5 Freeway (Hume Highway)  Upgrade of existing Rest Area at Pheasants Nest
 Mitchell Highway, Lithgow to Orange  Upgrade of existing Rest Area at Gamboola
 Mitchell Highway, Orange to Dubbo  Upgrade of existing Rest Area at Two Mile Creek
 Mitchell Highway, Orange to Dubbo  Upgrade of existing Rest Area at Larras Lee
 Mitchell Highway, Orange to Dubbo  Upgrade of existing Rest Area near Nevertire
 New England Highway  Upgrade of existing Rest Area at Rix Creek
 New England Highway  Upgrade of existing Rest Areas at Murrurundi northbound and southbound
 New England Highway  Upgrade of existing Rest Area at Goonoo Goonoo
 Newell Highway  New Rest Area at Gawnes
 Newell Highway  Upgrade of existing Rest Area at Boolooroo
 Princes Highway  New Rest Area at Jerrawangala
 Princes Highway  Upgrade of existing Rest Area at Waldron’s Swamp
 Princes Highway  New Rest Areas at McLeod’s Hill northbound and southbound
 Princes Highway  New Rest Area at Mogo
 Golden Highway  Upgrade of Hunter River Bridge at Denman