Major upgrades to the Kyeamba Gap and Barry’s Bay rest areas on the Hume Highway are just two of the 18 projects to share in a combined $34.8 million investment targeting heavy vehicle safety and productivity.
The funding is part of the Australian Government’s Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program (HVSPP), which aims to to increase safety and productivity for the trucking industry and communities around Australia.
Projects funded under the program include widening and upgrading roads used along heavy vehicle freight routes, as well as delivering new and upgraded truck stop rest areas.
Big Rigs understands that there is an additional $80 million to come for rest areas after Labor’s first budget is announced on October 25.
“The Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program funds projects increasing safety and reliability for the trucking industry across Australia, to enhance access and improve freight transport through local communities,” said Assistant Infrastructure and Transport Minister Carol Brown.
“These projects will support local communities by assisting businesses to deliver and receive their products and services more efficiently.”
The Australian Government has committed at least $65 million per year to the HVSPP.