Governments to invest more funds in NSW rest areas


Federal and New South Wales governments will partner to provide funding for better roadside facilities for truck drivers

March 4, 2013

The federal and New South Wales governments will partner to provide funding for better roadside facilities for truck drivers.

Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister Anthony Albanese says new money will be used to upgrade rest areas and improve signage along NSW highways.

Funds will also be spent on trialing technology to help truck drivers locate rest areas. The technology will be integrated within existing in-vehicle systems including electronic work diaries.

Money will go to installing consistent signage on the Newell Highway to show drivers the distance to the next rest stop at all major rest areas along the route from Marsden to Goondiwindi.

Scoping and designing works will begin on a new rest area in the Blue Mountains region adjacent to the Mt Boyce heavy vehicle checking station.

Existing rest areas on the Hume Highway will also receive upgrades ranging from the provision of bins, shelters and toilets to improving access.

The NSW Government will begin designing a new rest area on the Hume in the Murray Region to accommodate 15 to 20 B-doubles and provide access for B-triples.

Work will also begin on a new rest area west of Dubbo on the Barrier Highway to include four parking spaces capable of catering for B-triples. The site will also include toilets, tables and chairs.

The federal and NSW governments will provide the bulk of the funding, but councils and private companies will also chip in

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