Esperance road train route funding

The Federal Government’s Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program is set to make Esperance road-train routes more efficient, reliable and safer.

Main Roads was awarded $325,000 to improve safety and increase access for heavy vehicles, by realigning and upgrading the intersection of South Coast Highway and Neds Corner and $250,000 to construct a heavy vehicle bay on South Coast Highway at Munglinup.

O’Connor Rick Wilson said the truck stop at Munglinup would increase road safety by providing facilities for heavy vehicle drivers to take mandatory rest breaks.

“This bay will feature washroom and toilet facilities, be fully-lit and provide transport companies with the option to decouple their trailers overnight,” he said.

“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.”

State and local governments were eligible to apply for Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity funding for projects that would upgrade road infrastructure to improve heavy vehicle safety and freight efficiency.

The Australian Government contribute up to 50 per cent of the total project cost to successful projects, up to a maximum of $5 million.