AIMED at reducing road fatalities and accidents, the NSW and Federal Governments have invested in a purpose-built rest area located about 30 kilometres north of Albury.
The rest facility is designed to provide a stop for heavy vechicle drivers and other motorists, on a stretch of road that carries around 16 million tonnes of inter-capital freight every year and 5000 vehicles a day.
“The Australian Government is working hard to reduce fatalities on our roads by tackling driver fatigue through our $189.2 million investment in 136 projects like this nationwide under the Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Programme,” said Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester.
The new rest area has a separate parking area for light vehicles, with six standard parking bays and one disabled parking bay, as well as an amenities block with picnic tables and landscaping.
Federal Member for Farrer Sussan Ley said, “We recognise the importance of adequate rest breaks for heavy vehicle and motorist safety, and this new facility will be a big boost in keeping drivers fresh and alert”.
NSW Member for Albury Greg Aplin said the new rest area was accessible from the northbound lane of the Hume Highway and had been designed to meet future freight movements.
“We are doing everything we can to move towards zero fatalities involving heavy vehicles, and we expect this new rest area to be primarily used by truckers moving through Albury on long distance inter-capital trips,” Mr Aplin said.