Truckies to get new pullover facilities in the Goldfields
GOLDFIELDS’ road-train routes will soon be more efficient, more reliable and a lot safer thanks to funding from the Coalition Government’s Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program.
Under round six of the program the Shire of Coolgardie has been awarded a total of $521,000 to construct a 15-bay road train decoupling, parking and rest area on the strategic junction point between the Coolgardie-Esperance and Great Eastern Highways, while Main Roads will receive $300,000 to build a truck stop on the the Goldfields Highway at Kambalda.
Both truck stops will provide greater cargo security when overnighting and improve logistical efficiency by providing transport companies the option to decouple their trailers at the sites.
Federal Member for O’Connor Rick Wilson said the Coolgardie truck stop will provide a safe stopping point for vehicle operators with access to highway facilities and services including appropriate entry and exit points on Lady Loch Road.
“Shire of Coolgardie road traffic data retrieved from Lady Loch Road indicated the number of vehicles entering onto the road from the Great Eastern Highway equated to around 135,000 per annum, 23 per cent of which were heavy vehicles,” Mr Wilson said.
“Main Roads traffic data from the Great Eastern Highway this year has shown that 360,000 vehicles pass the Lady Loch Road intersection on an annual basis comprising of 173,000 heavy vehicles, which is around 450 per day.
“This project will not only help reduce these traffic numbers on Lady Loch Road, it will support fatigue management measures, provide refuge from adverse driving conditions and a safe place to check loads,”
“It will also improve the safety of people crossing Bayley Street and the Great Eastern Highway, as trucks will no longer block the visibility of drivers through town.
“There will also be financial benefits, as once this bay has been built, more money will be spent in town, as truckies will stop to buy food, spare parts and fuel rather than passing through.”
The Coolgardie-Esperance Highway is the only north-south inter-regional arterial state highway linking the Port of Esperance with the eastern Goldfields and carries an annual freight of 1,926,291 tonnes, while the Great Eastern Highway runs west-east and is the only freight link for trucks travelling from Perth to the eastern states (annual freight - 3,782,304 tonnes).
In the past five years, 183 crashes were recorded along the Great Eastern and Coolgardie-Esperance highways.
“We all understand how important it is to upgrade these roads, as we all drive them often and see first-hand the jobs and opportunities transport brings to the region,” Mr Wilson said.
“I am always fighting for better roads in the Goldfields, so this is fantastic news for local businesses and all truckies travelling through.”
The Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program (HVSPP) is an Australian Government initiative designed to fund infrastructure projects that improve productivity and safety outcomes of heavy vehicle operations across Australia.
From 2013 to 2022 the Australian Government will provide $368 million to the HVSPP with an on-going commitment of $40 million each year following.
State, territory and local governments were eligible to apply for funding for projects to upgrade road infrastructure to improve heavy vehicle safety and freight efficiency, saving lives and reducing travel times for freight on Australia's roads.
The Australian Government contributes up to 50 per cent of the total project cost. In an effort to allow for a wider distribution of projects, the Australian Government limited its contribution amount to $5 million per project.
Consistent with previous rounds, projects under round six were selected as part of a competitive merit-based proces