NatRoad outlines Qld rest area wishlist

NatRoad pushes for new rest areas on key Queensland freight routes, following request from government for assistance

NatRoad is pushing for new rest areas on key Queensland freight routes, following a request from the Bligh Government for assistance on the construction of new facilities.

The industry group, which recently merged with the Australian Road Train Association (ARTA), wants rest areas built between Brisbane and Rockhampton and on Stockroute Road on the Bruce Highway.

NatRoad members proposed the location of the rest areas, which includes one on Fitzroy Development Road and the Balonne and Warrego highways.

"We also mentioned that signs advising of rest areas need to be positioned at least 200 metres to 400 metres before each rest area to provide adequate notice," NatRoad says.

"Also, signs should be placed in strategic locations to assist with fatigue management showing lists of upcoming rest areas and their distances."

NatRoad says it is important the Queensland Government includes shade, water and toilet facilities, and says it will work with the Government to provide as much assistance as possible.

Minister for Main Roads Warren Pitt requested industry involvement in determining location, following the announcement of new heavy vehicle rest areas in the next financial year.

The Government will build rest areas on the Burnett, Leichhardt and Capricorn highways, with Pitt announcing another facility on Gregory Developmental Road between Belyando Crossing and Charters Towers.

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