Ministers for the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities The Hon Michael McCormack MP Deputy Prime MinisterMinister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie Minister for Regional ServicesMinister for SportMinister for Local Government and Decentralisation The Hon Alan Tudge MP Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population The Hon Sussan Ley MP Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories The Hon Andrew Broad MP Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Scott Buchholz MP Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport The Hon Barnaby Joyce MPFormer Deputy Prime MinisterFormer Minister for Infrastructure and Transport The Hon Dr John McVeigh MPFormer Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government The Hon Keith Pitt MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Damian Drum MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Senator the Hon Fiona Nash Former Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Darren Chester MP Former Minister for Infrastructure and TransportFormer A/g Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer A/g Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Warren Truss MP Former Deputy Prime Minister Former Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development The Hon Paul Fletcher MP Former Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities The Hon Jamie Briggs MP Former Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

Golden Highway heavy vehicle rest area upgrades ramp up

Media Release

DC158/2017

07 June 2017

Joint release with:

Melinda Pavey

NSW Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight

Mark Coulton

Federal Member for Parkes

Michael Johnsen

NSW Member for Upper Hunter

Work has begun on upgrading a number of heavy vehicle stopping bays along New South Wales' Golden Highway to further encourage regular breaks and reduce driver fatigue.

In coming weeks upgrade work will start at:

  • the existing eastbound stopping bay at Dunedoo
  • new westbound stopping bays at Elong Elong, 37 kilometres west of Dunedoo
  • near Spring Ridge Road, 28 kilometres west of Dunedoo
  • Boothenba, 30 kilometres east of Dubbo

Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said heavy vehicle driver fatigue has been identified as a major contributor to road crashes, making these upgrades priority projects.

“The Australian Government is investing $23.8 million in these important safety upgrades under the Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Programme and we are pleased to partner with the New South Wales Government to deliver this project,” Mr Chester said.

“This is just one example of the Australian Government investing in critical road infrastructure, in partnership with state, territory and local governments to help save lives on the nation's roads.”

Federal Member for Parkes Mark Coulton said adequate and frequent stopping bays along the Golden Highway will help manage heavy vehicle driver fatigue by providing drivers with stops at regular intervals along the route.

“These upgrades will improve safety for truck operators and motorists through the area, helping cope with significant freight traffic increases expected across New South Wales over the next 20 years,” Mr Coulton said.

“Work recently started to upgrade the existing eastbound stopping bay near Spring Ridge Road, 23 kilometres west of Dunedoo; and at the westbound stopping bay at Uarbry, 38 kilometres east of Dunedoo.”

New South Wales Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight Melinda Pavey said work at the stopping bays will include resurfacing, line marking, sign posting, and providing shelters and bins.

“Work will also start later this month on new stopping bays at Warkworth in the Hunter for freight vehicles travelling in both directions and planning work is also under way for new stopping bays on Willy Wally Road westbound, 11 kilometres east of Cassilis and in each direction between Denman and Gungal.”

New South Wales member for Upper Hunter Michael Johnsen said: “I welcome the ongoing investment into the Golden Highway, it is very important to our Upper Hunter communities for business and safety.”

Roadside signage will advise heavy vehicles of the stopping bay closures as works progress. The project is jointly funded by the Australian Government ($23.8 million) and the New South Wales Government ($23.8 million).