Significant rest area upgrades for operators in the heavy vehicle industry are currently underway at 13 sites in Western Australia.
The program is part of the recently announced $50 million Freight Vehicle Productivity Enhancement Program at more than a dozen locations that covers sites across the Pilbara, Mid-West Gascoyne, Wheatbelt, Goldfields Esperance and South West.
The $50 million program, jointly funded by the Commonwealth and the state government, includes improvements that will enable safer cornering movements, improvements to parking and recovery areas for combination vehicles reducing noise and dust, and the construction of toilet blocks in some places.
Work recently began at the heavy vehicle rest area in Munjina, adjacent to the Auski-Munjina truck stop and accommodation, and includes sealing the rest of the area and improving the access for heavy vehicles.
Work will begin gradually at each of the 13 sites over the next six months, with all improvements due to be completed by the end of 2022.
The 2022-2023 program is also being developed in consultation with industry and will continue to be developed to ensure appropriate priority areas for drivers are identified for future work planning.
According to the state government, these priority projects were identified through extensive consultation with leading industry groups, including the Transport Workers Union (WA branch), the Rural Transport and Livestock Association WA and the Western Roads Federation.
“Our freight drivers in WA provide an essential service and are essential in delivering critical supplies across the country,” said Transport Minister Rita Saffioti.
“Our engagement with the transport industry has helped WA achieve results that are often the envy of our Eastern States counterparts and providing these much needed amenities and facilities in the WA region will only make it easier for our freight drivers,” she said.
“The heavy-duty vehicle industry has advocated for all needs to be addressed in one place by creating a ‘one-stop-shop’ approach, and we are making these improvements to support road safety and provide greater opportunities for vehicle operators. heavy to use as part of their fatigue management.”
The 13 sites announced as part of the improvements include:
Marble Bar Road – Minor upgrades to rest area, construction of toilet block ($170,000)
Great Northern Highway at Karijini Drive – Improve rest area, build toilet block ($1.2 million)
Great Northern Highway to Bell Street – Improvements to minor road train staging area, construction of toilet block ($280,000)
Great Northern Highway, Newman – Build a new road train assembly area and toilet block ($12.2 million)
Great Northern Highway, Munjina – Build a new rest area ($3.4 million)
Great Northern Highway, Redmont – Minor improvements to rest area, construction of comfort station ($170,000)
Mid-West and Gascoyne
Great Northern Highway, Wubin – Minor improvements to rest area, construction of toilet block ($200,000)
Great Northern Highway 115 kilometers north of Wubin – Minor improvements to rest area, construction of toilet block ($200,000)
North West Coastal Highway, Northampton – Minor improvements to rest area, construction of toilet block ($200,000)
Minilya Exmouth Road – Minor improvements to rest area, construction of shower and ablution block ($400,000)
Great Eastern Highway, Northam – Improvements to minor road train assembly area, construction of toilet block ($100,000)
Main Reef Road (Goldfields Highway), Leonora – Extension of road train assembly area, construction of toilet block ($1.6 million)
Willinge Drive, Bunbury – Minor improvements to road train assembly area, construction of toilet block ($200,000)