May 8, 2009

More ‘truckie’ rest stops on the way in NSW

More ‘truckie’ rest stops on the way in NSW

MEDIA RELEASE

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

 LOCATION  PROJECT
 Newell Highway 
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
 Pacific Highway 
 Boggy Creek, north of Nambucca Heads  New Rest Area
 Sturt Highway 
 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
 Hume Highway 
 Pheasants Nest, 42km south of Camden Valley Way  Upgrade of Existing Rest Area
 Mundoonan, 20km north of Yass  Upgrade of Existing Rest Area
 Barrier Highway 
 Hermidale, 45km west of Nyngan, westbound  New Rest Area
 Bridge Upgrades 
 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