Truck rest area upgrades on Hume Freeway

Media Release

WT203/2014

13 October 2014

Joint release with:

Terry Mulder

Victorian Minister for Roads

Tim McCurdy

Member for Murray Valley

More than $1.8 million will be invested in upgrading the heavy vehicle rest area at Glenrowan on the northbound carriageway of the Hume Freeway.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said $1.84 million in improvements will enhance safety for truck drivers and cater for increased use.

“The Glenrowan truck parking area currently has the capacity for all-weather parking for eight trucks as well as toilets, lighting and two picnic tables,” Mr Truss said.

“Night-time surveys found this location has insufficient capacity, with trucks parking outside the designated spaces during the night, creating potential road safety hazards within the site.

“The upgrade will involve widening the existing truck stop to expand capacity, creating new bays for B-doubles and providing new toilet facilities.”

Victorian Minister for Roads Terry Mulder said rest areas are extremely important along major freight routes.

“They encourage drivers to take breaks, which reduces fatigue and the potential for crashes,” Mr Mulder said.

“The expansion of the truck rest stop will allow it to meet expected growth in demand, fostering a safer driving environment for all road users.”

Member for Murray Valley Tim McCurdy said the project was expected to start early next year.

“This particular upgrade is based on feedback from road safety groups and freight groups that have highlighted the importance of maintaining a high level of service along the Hume corridor,” Mr McCurdy said.

“The Road Freight Initiatives Programme delivers targeted projects designed to provide the maximum benefit for the state's regional freight network by improving safety, boosting productivity and efficiency.

This project is being funded under the Road Freight Initiatives Programme, which is comprises $60 million from the Australian Government and $20 million from the Victorian Government.