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Ourimbah rest area upgrades complete

The NSW government says the upgraded rest area will keep truck drivers safe

Transport for New South Wales (TfNSW) has announced that safety upgrades on the Ourimbah rest area have finished, allowing more truck drivers to manage fatigue while travelling on the freight route.

Motorists travelling on the M1 motorway in NSW will benefit from a major safety upgrade at the Ourimbah rest area according to TfNSW.

Parliamentary secretary for the Central Coast in Adam Crouch says the $1.5 million project funded by the NSW government offers safety benefits for all motorists using the Pacific Area.

“The Ourimbah Rest Area, located 79 kilometres north of Sydney, is popular with motorists and holidaymakers,” Crouch says.

“The upgrade has also boosted the local economy with the upgrade supporting 10 jobs and an additional 15 contractors through constructions.”

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Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Sam Farraway says the facilities were designed to enable drivers of long vehicles including those towing caravans and trailers to take a break, with new parking bays for vehicles up to 14.5 meters long. 

“Driving tired is the second biggest cause of deaths on NSW roads and rest areas are an effective way of combating driver fatigue and reducing fatalities,” Farraway says. 

“Through projects like this, we are keeping motorists safer on the regional road network and helping to make sure everyone gets home safely – just one way we are securing a brighter future for NSW.” 

Other features include new shelters, footpaths, pedestrian crossings, and enhanced lighting. 

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