Joint Media Release with Deputy Prime Minister Minister for Infrastructure, Transport & Regional Development, The Hon Michael McCormack MP and NT Minister for Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics, The Hon Eva Lawler
Construction is now underway on a new road train assembly area known as ‘Truck Central’ in Berrimah, near Darwin, which is set to improve safety and productivity for heavy vehicles.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Michael McCormack said a contract had also been awarded for a heavy vehicle inspection facility to be built next to the assembly area – unique in Australia to enable the simultaneous inspection of three fully configured triple road trains.
“We are investing in this project to save lives and improve productivity for our freight industry, giving heavy vehicle operators a safer off-road option to park and reassemble load configurations, and improving access for safety inspections and registration checks,” Mr McCormack said.
Northern Territory Minister for Infrastructure Planning and Logistics Eva Lawler said the project came at a good time, as the Goyder Road inspection facility was being impacted by urban growth and the potential for traffic conflicts.
“We are working with the Australian Government on projects such as this one to ensure that heavy vehicle operators across northern Australia can reach their destinations safely, and this new road train assembly area will be a one stop transport industry hub – to be known as Truck Central,” Ms Lawler said.
Senator for the Northern Territory Nigel Scullion said the transport industry underpinned economic growth in the Northern Territory, making improved safety for heavy vehicle operators a priority.
“These kinds of projects play an important part in safely getting products and produce to market as well as delivering essential items to regional and remote communities across the region,” Senator Scullion said.
Truck Central is located strategically for easy road train access in and out of Darwin without bypassing suburban and CBD locations. It is a short distance from Darwin port, the Marine Supply Base, Hudson Creek barge landings and other high freight users.
The Australian Government is contributing $9.65 million under the Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program toward the $19.3 million Darwin Regional Road Train Assembly Area and Heavy Vehicle Checking and Registry Station project, with the Northern Territory Government matching this contribution.