Load lightened for truckies with new rest stop at Nudgee

Truck drivers can now stop to rest and refresh thanks to the completion of a new heavy vehicle rest stop on the Gateway Motorway by the Palaszczuk Government.

Member for Nudgee Leanne Linard said the Palaszczuk Government had taken the initiative to build the new heavy vehicle rest stop at Nudgee while work was underway on the Gateway Upgrade North project.

“The Gateway Motorway is a major freight route in south-east Queensland and carries more than 83,000 vehicles each day,” Ms Linard said.

“This new $2.7 million rest stop will offer a convenient stopover spot along this corridor, close to the Port of Brisbane, Trade Coast and Brisbane Airport.

“The new truck stop includes 25 parking bays suitable for a range of heavy vehicles including trucks, caravans and buses.

“It also has outdoor seating areas, shade, water, lighting and a pedestrian connection to the Nudgee Service Centre.”

Ms Linard said the new heavy vehicle rest stop would provide a safe option for drivers to take their required rest breaks.

“The Nudgee rest stop will feature on Transport and Main Roads RestSpace app which features a database of almost 3000 Queensland rest stops,” Ms Linard said.

“The RestSpace app has a check-in and check-out function to let other heavy vehicle drivers know whether a rest stop is occupied and allows truck drivers to plan their journey via GPS to include regular rest stops.

“Driver fatigue is a significant issue for the industry and this rest stop will go a long way to providing drivers with a safe and central location to take a break and check their vehicles.”

Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said alongside the new rest stop, the Gateway Upgrade North Project, jointly funded with the Federal Government, was nearing completion.

“The Gateway upgrade a critical project that will help to future-proof our road network, and has also supported more than 1000 jobs for Queensland. It’s great to see this project near completion, with the speed limit on the widened motorway from Nudgee to Deagon recently raised,” Mr Bailey said.

“The finishing touches, including the shared pedestrian and cycle pathway, final landscaping, and final works on the local road connections, are expected to be completed in coming weeks.

“As part of the $1.1 billion upgrade, we’ve also ensured there is scope to further upgrade this stretch of the motorway, meaning it’s a major investment that delivers relief for motorists now and plans for future growth.”

For further project information visit www.gatewayupgradenorth.com.au

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 Background on the Gateway Upgrade North project:

The Gateway Upgrade North project is jointly funded by the Australian Government ($914.18 million) and the Queensland Government ($228.54 million) and includes widening the motorway from four to six lanes from Nudgee to Deagon.

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