More ‘truckie’ rest stops on the way in NSW
The Hon Anthony Albanese MP
The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,
Regional Development and Local Government
Leader of the House
Member for Grayndler
May 8 2009
Planning will start immediately on 28 new and upgraded rest stops for truck drivers using the State’s highways and major arteries.
Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister Anthony Albanese and NSW Roads Minister Michael Daley today announced that their governments would each invest $8 million to increase the number of safe, modern roadside facilities for truck drivers.
This initial $16 million will fund projects throughout NSW including:
The construction of 6 new and the upgrade of 22 rest stops, providing more and safer places for truck drivers to take a break or sleep overnight;
The planning of 1 new rest area and planning for the upgrade of 2 existing rest areas;
The upgrade of 5 informal parking areas; and
5 bridge assessments, ensuring the monitoring of the condition of these important assets and potentially opening up more of the road network to heavier trucks without compromising safety.
Full details of the approved projects are attached.
Mr Albanese said upon taking office, the Rudd Labor Government readily acknowledged the need for more safe, modern rest stops along the nation’s highways.
"Since then we have been working with the trucking industry, as well as state and territory governments, to begin fixing this unacceptable situation," said Mr Albanese.
"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."
Mr Daley said the investment would go a long way towards reducing crashes involving driver fatigue.
"Every year more than 200 people are killed nationally in crashes involving heavy vehicles that’s 15-20 per cent of all road deaths," said Mr Daley.
"By working together, the Federal and NSW governments are providing truck drivers with more opportunities to get the rest they need, which in turn is making our roads safer for everyone."
Mr Daley said work would start first on the Newell Highway.
"A new rest area at Mungle Creek and an upgrade of the North Star Road rest area are the first projects to get underway, and they are both due to be finished by the end of the year.
"Overall, this injection of funds will help create and support around 190 jobs across the state over the next two years," he said.
The projects were selected following consultations with the trucking industry.
HEAVY VEHICLE SAFETY & PRODUCTIVITY PROGRAM
NEW SOUTH WALES PROJECTS
|Pilliga, either at 67.6km north of Coonabarabran or at 95.1km north of Coonabarabran, northbound||New Rest Area|
|Bohena Creek, 102.7km north of Coonabarabran, northbound||New Rest Area|
|Mungle Creek, approximately 80km north of Moree, northbound||New Rest Area|
|Marthaguy Creek, between Dubbo and Gilgandra, southbound||Upgrade of Existing Rest Area|
|Mountain Creek, 96km north of Parkes, southbound||Upgrade of Existing Rest Area|
|Tookey Creek, 52.9km north of Narrabri, southbound||Upgrade of Existing Rest Area|
|Woolabrar, 49km north of Narrabri, northbound||Upgrade of Existing Rest Area|
|North Star Road, 84.3km north of Moree||Upgrade of Existing Rest Area|
|35km north of Parkes||Upgrade Blue Reflector Informal Parking Areas|
|14km north of Gilgandra||Upgrade Blue Reflector Informal Parking Areas|
|38km north of Gilgandra||Upgrade Blue Reflectort Informal Parking Areas|
|54km north of Narrabri||Upgrade Blue Reflector Informal Parking Areas|
|68km north of Moree||Upgrade Blue Reflector Informal Parking Areas|
|Bundure, 69km south of Narrandera||Intersection Treatments at Existing Rest Areas|
|Sandside, 51km south of Narrandera||Intersection Treatments at Existing Rest Areas|
|Ardlethan, 81km south West Wyalong||Intersection Treatments at Existing Rest Areas|
|Mahda, 34km south of West Wyalong||Intersection Treatments at Existing Rest Areas|
|Marsden, 36km north of West Wyalong||Intersection Treatments at Existing Rest Areas|
|14km east of Narrandera||Upgrade Planning for New Rest Area|
|Gillenbah, 1km south of Narrandera||Upgrade Planning for Existing Rest Area|
|Charcoal Tank, 9km south of West Wyalong||Upgrade Planning for Existing Rest Area|
|Boggy Creek, north of Nambucca Heads||New Rest Area|
|Willowvale, 95km west of Hay/37km east of Balranald, eastbound||New Rest Area|
|Sandigo, 75km west of Wagga Wagga||Upgrade of Existing Rest Area|
|Birdcage, 89km west of Narrandera||Upgrade of Existing Rest Area|
|134km from Narrandera/39km from Hay||Upgrade of Existing Rest Area|
|30km from Hay/102km from Balranald||Upgrade of Existing Rest Area|
|Ravensworth, 55km west of Hay||Upgrade of Existing Rest Area|
|68km from Hay/64km from Balranald||Upgrade of Existing Rest Area|
|15km from Balranald/65km from Euston||Upgrade of Existing Rest Area|
|59km from Balranald/21km from Euston||Upgrade of Existing Rest Area|
|68km from Balranald/12km from Euston||Upgrade of Existing Rest Area|
|Great Western Highway|
|River Lett Hill, 8km east of Lithgow||Upgrade of Existing Rest Area|
|Pheasants Nest, 42km south of Camden Valley Way||Upgrade of Existing Rest Area|
|Mundoonan, 20km north of Yass||Upgrade of Existing Rest Area|
|Hermidale, 45km west of Nyngan, westbound||New Rest Area|
|BN 4312, Bridge on MR 61 over Boree Creek, 32.5km west of Orange||Preconstruction activities relating to the upgrade of the existing bridge to a HML standard|
|BN 1575, Bridge on Golden Highway over Hunter River, 77.3km west of Singleton||Preconstruction activities relating to the upgrade of the existing bridge to a HML standard|
|BN 1588, Bridge on Golden Highway over Redmanvale Creek, 48.9km west of Singleton||Preconstruction activities relating to the upgrade of the existing bridge to a HML standard|
|BN 2767, Bridge on Gwydir Highway over Gwydir River near Gravesend, 22.6km west of Warialda||Preconstruction activities relating to the upgrade of the existing bridge to a HML standard|
|BN 2759, Bridge on Gwydir Highway over Warialda Creek, 2.6km west of Warialda||Preconstruction activities relating to the upgrade of the existing bridge to a HML standard|
Leader of the Australian Labor Party, MP for Grayndler, Rabbitohs Life Member. Authorised by Anthony Albanese, ALP, Canberra.