Mount Ousley heavy vehicle rest area

Roads and Maritime Services has completed the upgrade of the north bound heavy vehicle rest area near the intersection of the M1 Princes Motorway and Clive Bissell Drive, Mount Ousley.

The project has provided a significant upgrade of the existing informal rest area including new facilities, additional parking and safer access for heavy vehicles.

The Australian and NSW Governments provided $8.09 million to construct the facility.

Updates and announcements

Work is now complete on the Mount Ousley heavy vehicle rest area upgrade. Preliminary work on the upgrade started in May 2016 and the rest area was officially opened on 16 June 2017.

Project background

The M1 Princes Motorway is an important freight link between Wollongong and Sydney.
The previous informal rest area near the intersection of the M1 Motorway and Clive Bissell Drive did not meet National Transport Commission and Roads and Maritime Services guidelines.

Roads and Maritime planned the upgrade of the existing informal rest area to better cater for freight vehicles.

The current site was identified as the best location to capture heavy vehicle activity.

The heavy vehicle activity includes:

  • Short haul trips between mines on Picton and Appin Roads and Port Kembla
  • Car delivery from Port Kembla to Sydney
  • General freight using the Princes Highway or Picton road from the South Coast.

Project benefits

The project has provided:

  • Safer access into the area
  • Parking space for 10 Heavy Vehicles
  • Toilets, rubbish bins and sheltered areas including picnic tables
  • Designated space for Driver Reviver operations
  • A rest area for truck drivers to manage driver fatigue.

Review of Environmental Factors

The Review of Environmental Factors assesses the potential environmental, economic and social impacts associated with the proposed works.

You can view the Review of Environmental Factors on the project documents page.

Mount Ousley safety video

Experienced truck driver Pat Armstrong offers safety tips and advice for descending Mount Ousley safely in a heavy vehicle.


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