Jul 3, 2009

More truck parking bays on the way for the Territory

More truck parking bays on the way for the Territory

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

3 July 2009

Design work is complete on three new parking bays for truck drivers using the Territory’s highways, providing them with additional safe places to take a break or check their loads.

Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister, Anthony Albanese, and Northern Territory Minister for Infrastructure, Delia Lawrie, today announced their governments would contribute funding to build new parking bays along the Barkly and Stuart highways.

Following consultations with the Australian Trucking Association NT, the following locations were selected:

  • Barkly Highway eastbound, between Three Ways and Tablelands Highway;
  • Barkly Highway eastbound, between Soudan Station and Avon Downs; and
  • Stuart Highway northbound, between Katherine and Pine Creek.

"Upon taking office, the Rudd Labor Government readily acknowledged the lack of safe, modern rest stops along the nation’s highways," said Mr Albanese.

"Since then we have been working with the trucking industry, as well as state and territory governments, to begin fixing this unacceptable situation.

"In fact, our new $70 million Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program is the biggest single Federal investment in the roadside facilities used by truck drivers, including new and refurbished rest stops, parking bays and decoupling areas."

In addition to the $1 million in Federal funding, the Northern Territory Government will contribute $160,000 toward construction of the three new parking bays.

Ms Lawrie said this investment will go a long way towards reducing driver fatigue.

"The new era of co-operation between the Northern Territory and Federal Governments is delivering more jobs and safer roads for Territorians," Ms Lawrie said.

"By working together, the Federal and Northern Territory governments are providing truck drivers with more opportunities to get the rest they need, which in turn makes our roads safer for all users."

The three Territory projects are being funded from the first $30 million instalment from the Rudd Labor Government’s Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program with the first of three tenders set to be called soon.

The states and territories will soon be invited to apply for the remaining $40 million.