Parliamentary Secretary for the Illawarra Gareth Ward has today announced that work will start on the northbound Mount Ousley Heavy Vehicle Rest area on the M1 Princes Motorway in May.

Mr Ward said that the Commonwealth and New South Wales Governments have allocated around $8.1 million to improve road safety by helping to manage driver fatigue.

“The rest area near the intersection of the M1 Princes Motorway and Clive Bissell Drive will receive a significant upgrade including new facilities, more parking and safer access for heavy vehicles,” he said.

“The current area does not meet National Transport Commission and Roads and Maritime Services guidelines for a rest area

“The upgrade will provide parking spaces for 10 heavy vehicles, facilities including toilets, rubbish bins and undercover picnic tables and a designated space for driver reviver operations.

“This upgraded rest area will be instrumental in ensuring heavy vehicle drivers manage driver fatigue,” Mr Ward said.

“A Review of Environmental Factors has been completed and is available for viewing on the website at: www.rms.nsw.gov.au.

“Work is due to start in late May and be completed by mid-2017, weather permitting.

“Roads and Maritime Services will keep the community updated about work dates and times.

“Heavy vehicles can access existing parking facilities on Picton and Appin roads while the new rest area is built.

“An alternative temporary northbound heavy vehicle parking area will also be available on the Princes Motorway near Waterfall,” Mr Ward concluded.