$9.5 million a welcome break for truckies

1 March 2013

Sharon Bird, Federal Member for Cunningham, and Stephen Jones, Federal Member for Throsby, today welcomed the joint announcement by the Federal and NSW Government of over $9.5 million to build better roadside facilities and trial new technology for the region’s long distance truck drivers under the $220 million Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program.

The Federal and NSW Governments have each provided funding of $4,045,000, totalling $8,090,000, to upgrade the existing truck stop at Mt Ousley Road, Mt Keira (northbound).  This will increase the capacity from four to between 10 and 15 B-double bays.  The project will also see the addition of toilets, shade/shelter and rubbish bins.

“The new facilities at Mt Ousley Road will make it safer and easier for truck drivers in our local area to take a break or reconfigure their trailers by providing additional parking and access to amenities,” Ms Bird said.

Ms Bird said the program was established by the Federal Labor Government in late 2007 and is the first ever significant Federal response to the lack of safe, modern rest stops along the nation’s highways.

The Federal and NSW Governments have also each provided funding of $715,000, totalling $1,430,000, to trial new technology through the Hume Highway to Port Kembla – Cooperative Intelligent Transport System Initiative (CITI) Project.

Stephen Jones said, “This funding will be used to fit in-vehicle dedicated short range communication transceivers into approximately 30 heavy vehicles travelling between South Sydney and Port Kembla.

“This pilot program is a great use of new technology to provide timely information on traffic flow and truck routes for these heavy vehicle drivers,” he said.