Rixs Creek rest area upgrade starts

17 May 2012

Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) will next week start work to upgrade the Rixs Creek rest area on the New England Highway, west of Singleton.

An RMS spokesperson said the $2.18 million upgrade is part of the NSW and Federal government funded $70 million Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program.

"Providing rest areas is one of the key factors in improving safety for heavy vehicle drivers and for all road users," the spokesperson said.

“These rest areas provide an important service for heavy vehicle drivers and are well used.

“The existing southbound rest area is being relocated to about 1.3 kilometres east of Rixs Creek Lane.

“The relocation of the rest area will improve safety for motorists and avoid the inconvenience being experienced when mine blasting takes place at the current location.

This will provide drivers with the opportunity to stop and rest in a safe area which provides modern facilities for rest or sleep and the use of toilets, tables and seating.

“The upgrade will ensure compliance with the National Transport Commission’s heavy vehicle driver fatigue laws.

“Work is expected to be completed by July, weather permitting.

"The Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program works to provide heavy vehicle drivers with more opportunities to get the rest they need, which in turn makes the roads safer for everyone," the spokesperson said.

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